Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jacana Norteña en Portobelo, un reporte por Matias Díaz


El pasado sábado 13 de agosto, Matias Díaz y Gina Nuñez, jóvenes apasionados por la observación de aves, se dirigían a observar aves en Colón, en las zonas cercanas al Parque Nacional Portobelo. Mientras iban de camino al lugar, notaron un grupo de jacanas en una zona de potreros pasando el puente de la barriada de Río Alejandro. Gina notó que una de las jacanas tenía un color extraño que no había visto antes, luego Matias la observó y se dió cuenta que se trataba de una Jacana Norteña, sin embargo ambos se encontraban en un vehículo en marcha y no pudieron ver a detalle si se trataba de la especie que suponían que fuese. Conversaron entre ellos por unos minutos y decidieron bajarse en la siguiente parada y tomar un autobús de regreso para verificar si se trataba de la especie (después de todo no todos los días se te presenta una especie rara en tu camino). Al regresar al lugar donde habían observado la buscaron por varios minutos hasta encontrarla y confirmar que en efecto se trataba de la Jacana Norteña, especie que se distribuye para el oeste de Panamá, sin embargo en esta ocasión se encontraba bastante alejada de su distribución regular.
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lattice-tailed Trogon at El Copé


Jean Sinasac, Domiciano Alveo and José Pérez swung by Omar Torrijos Herrera National Park on their way back from Chiriquí on August 10. The best record was a pair of Lattice-tailed Trogon, a bird of the western Caribbean foothills that is seldom recorded this far east. They were very close to the park entrance, about 200 m beyond the ranger station.

Cattle Tyrants at the Biomuseo


They're baaaaack! After a few months of absence, the Cattle Tyrants are back at the Biomuseo. A pair has been seen regularly around the lawns south of the building and the palm trees along the pedestrian walkway along the Canal. These photos were taken by Camilo Montañez on July 16.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cattle Tyrants at Clayton

The Cattle Tyrants at Ciudad del Saber are still around. A few minutes ago, Darién Montañez saw not one or two or three, but four of them happily chirping together from atop a light pole across building 221.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Large-billed Tern in Pacora


On the early afternoon of June 16, the Panama Audubon team surveying shorebirds in Pacora—including Yenifer Díaz and Rosabel Miró—spotted this Large-billed Tern out on the mudflats. Needless to say, this is the first record of this rare vagrant from South America in forever.
Also present were about 50 Common Terns, and a pair of American Oystercatchers with a chick in tow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Long-billed Dowitchers in Aguadulce


Rosabel Miró found not one or two, but three Long-billed Dowitchers at the very dry Aguadulce Salinas on May 20: one molting into breeding plumage and two still in winter plumage.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Northern Shoveler in Juan Hombrón

Gualberto Becerra photographed this Northern Shoveler at Juan Hombrón yesterday afternoon. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sora at the Gamboa Ammo Dump

Jacobo Ortega found a photogenic Sora a the Gamboa Ammo Dump pond this morning. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

White-faced Ibis, confirmed.


And like good listers we were at the Gamboa bridge at dawn yesterday, and like a good stakeout the White-faced Ibis was there, too. And it remained for the rest of the day. Birders beware that there is at least one Glossy Ibis present at the nearby Gamboa Marina. That bird, shown in the photo below by Osvaldo Quintero, has a dark eye and dark-blue facial skin.

Unofficially, White-faced Ibis is bird species number 1002 for Panama. Stay tuned for the updated list, which will be published by the Panama Records Committee of the Panama Audubon Society. Photo by Rafael Lau.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CONFIRMED: This is Panama's first record of White-faced Ibis


On the afternoon of February 11, Jenn Sinasac and Domiciano Alveo, together with Field Guides' tour leader Doug Gochfeld, studied this ibis at Gamboa, right after the bridge as one turns right into the Gamboa Resort. After careful scrutiny, they're identifying it as White-faced Ibis, which would be the first record for Panama of this bird that normally winters as far as El Salvador (but of which there's a specimen from Costa Rica and that has been widely expected as a vagrant in Panama [see Ridgely]). The bird was first seen at around 4 pm, and it was still there at dusk.
The photo clearly shows the bright red facial skin and red eye of what Sibley calls a drab adult White-faced (which would be bluish and dark in a Glossy), so we tend to cautiously concur with the ID. Either way we plan to be at Gamboa early morning tomorrow to look for it. Join us (and please bring a scope)!

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