Monday, February 13, 2017

Selasphorus in Cerro Hoya, a report by Kees Groenendijk

From 8 to 10 Feb we, Howard Laidlaw, Margot, Jaap and Roanna Kalkman and Kees Groenendijk went to the cloud forest of the Cerro Hoya NP, more or less due south of the finca of Juan Velázques. Here we found Selasphorus hummingbirds on three different sites on two diffrent days (8 and 9 Feb). Sites were 1175-1266 m altitude and the hummingbirds were feeding in flowering Inga species and in an unidentified treelet known locally as arriján. We saw at least 5 individuals of which at least one was male. 

Based on the color of the gorget of the male, closer to purple than to red, we assume that these are Glow-throated Hummingbirds, which would be consistent with an earlier observation by Francisco Delgado. To our knowledge, this is the first time since the reports by Delgado that this hummingbird has been seen in the Cerro Hoya. [There have been other records by University of Panama/STRI expeditions to the area; manuscript submitted for publication —DM].
Photos are courtesy of Jaap Kalkman.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Forster's Tern in Bocas del Toro, a report by Natalia Decastro

On February 3rd, a Forster's Tern was observed near the mouth of the Changuinola River, resting with a group of Royal Terns on a birding tour organized by Let's go Birding and Wildside Nature Tour, led by Glenn Crawford, based at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge. Photos by Brooke Miller.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spot-breasted Woodpecker at Gamboa, a report by Domiciano Alveo

On the afternoon of Friday, October 25, Domiciano Alveo found a Spot-breasted Woodpecker at the Ammo Ponds in Gamboa. The bird was calling and responded well to his whistling.

Jabirú in Chiriquí Grande, a report by Natalia Decastro

On the morning of October 10th, during a birding trip to the Bocas del Toro mainland, with a group based at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, we observed a Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) in the Chiriqui Grande area.

That same day we observed a hawk migration, several thousands of Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platipterus) and Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) and a few hundred Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura).

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hudsonian Godwits at Finca Bayano, a report by Euclides Campos

Two Hudsonian Godwit were seen at Finca Bayano on Tuesday, October 25.  Other birds of interst: 3 Long-billed Dowitcher, several Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Kildeer.  Alexis Guevara was also present during this sighting.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

First Panama record: Inca Dove in Las Cumbres

Gwen Keller spotted this Inca Dove at her Las Cumbres backyard this morning. It seems today was first record for Panama day.

First Panama Record of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (?) (!)

Jan Axel Cubilla and Osvaldo Quintero found this weird sandpiper at Finca Bayano today. If it turns out to be a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, it could be the second record in Latin America (there's a 2014 record from Bolivia) of this Asian shorebird.

And what's a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper? Audubon explains:
This Asian shorebird is related to our Pectoral Sandpiper, and like that species is it a long-distance migrant, traveling from Siberia to Australia and New Zealand. A few reach North America every year, mostly fall migrants in Alaska and the Pacific northwest; a casual stray in other areas, rare in spring.
And where was it? Jan Axel explains:
en los campos semi inundados en el camino detrás de las instalaciones de mantenimiento y de la pista de aterrizaje
Their eBird checklist has all the details:
*mega. If accepted, first report for Panama (and Central America). Similar size to nearby Pectoral Sandpiper but more pot-bellied and short-necked. Contrasting chestnut crown and white eyebrow. Buff breast, white throat... just very few and non-contrasting streaks on sides of the breast and a thin necklace under the throat in the upper breast. White belly and vent. The vent with black streaks. Yellow-green legs.
But that was not the only highlight of the day:
2 American Golden-Plovers

6 Stilt Sandpipers

3 White-rumped Sandpipers

1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Primeras fotos de Buhíto Pardo en Panamá, un reporte por Raúl Velásquez y Venicio Wilson

3 Buhítos Pardos, (Unspotted Saw-Whet OwlAegolius ridgwayi) fueron vistos y fotografiados cerca de la cima del volcán Barú en la noche del 14 de octubre por un equipo de guias de observación de aves entre quienes destacan Raúl Velasquez, Plinio Montenegro, Rafael Gutierrez y Antonio Paniza.

Esta especie de búho fue colectada una única vez en las faldas del Volcán Barú en febrero de 1965 y nunca había sido fotografiada en Panamá.

En 2013, el conductor de autos de apoyo hacia la cima del volcán, Ronny Gutierrez, vio un búho “diferente” a orilla de calle. Le comento a su hermano, Rafael Gutierrez, fotógrafo y guía de observadores de aves, quien organizo una primera expedición en busca del Buhíto Pardo en noviembre de 2013 la cual no dio con rastros del búho.

En diciembre de 2013 Jason Fidorra y Lena Ware logran ver y grabar esta rarísima especie de búho. Una de las pocas grabaciones recientes del búho puede ser escuchada en este enlace de Xeno Canto.

En marzo de 2015 José Tejada lo ve de nuevo, y en febrero de 2016 Jason Lara logra ver por aproximadamente 1 minuto otro Buhíto Pardo cerca de las 3,000 metros sobre el nivel del mar.

Felicitaciones a todo el equipo de guías de #Boquete.
Fotos: Raul Velasquez @elmijopanama

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Birding Finca Bayano, a report by Cindy Lieurance

Today, 9 oct 2016, Les Lieurance and I, along with Bill Adsett, Cedric Kinschots and Joris Deruwe, birded Finca Bayano for 6 hours.

Along with the always satisfyingly large numbers of herons, egrets and gallinules, the highlights were 3000 Blue-winged Teal, 4 Roseate Spoonbills, 1 Collared Plover, 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 7 Wilson's Phalaropes, 8 Solitary Sandpipers, 5 Gull-billed Terns, 1 Black Tern, 1 Gray Kingbird, 4 Bank Swallows, and 40 Dickcissels.

​Video of the Buff-breasted and Pectoral Sandpipers, taken by Les Lieurance, can be viewed at ​

Friday, September 23, 2016

Highlights from Finca Bayano, a report by Cindy Lieurance

On 5 September 2016, Les Lieurance, Bill Adsett and I birded Finca Bayano. The highlights included 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 10 Pectoral Sandpipers, 7 Wilson’s Phalaropes, 8 Solitary Sandpipers, 11 Greater Yellowlegs, 7 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Northern Shoveler, 35 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Laughing Falcon, 7 Pied Water-Tyrants (including 1 feeding a recently-fledged chick), a migrating flock of 350 Dickcissels, along with the usual herons, egrets, ibis and gallinules.
The attached photos of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers were taken by Bill Adsett.​

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