Sunday, May 24, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Black Swift tally: 24 Apr (1), 25 Apr (1), both at Tranquilo Bay lodge. Others (6+) at Boca Rio Changuinola 26 Apr, and one at Canopy Tower 3 May. I have photos of 25 Apr and 26 Apr birds and one passing the Canopy Tower 3 May was photographed by Tim Lenz.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Swallow-tailed Gull. I think it is the third record for Panama of this vagrant. John Hornbuckle, Brian Foster and Rodney Martins were with me during this sighting. Other birds seen were 2 Nazca Boobies, plenty of Black Terns, Brown Noddy and a lot of Red-necked Phalaropes.
A White-throated Flycatcher was seen on March 7th at Old Gamboa Road. This is the second record of this difficult to identify Empidonax along the Panama Canal. Just to confirm ID, this bird responded after playback.
Red-tailed Hawk adult seen on January 24th at Lagunas de Aruza, Metetí, Darién. This place is located in the back part of Reserva Hidrológica Filo del Tallo.
Monday, April 27, 2015
And then there was this:
After we ended watching the American Golden-Plover at the mudflats behind the old Cathedral tower, we found possibly the same American White Pelican we'd been watching a couple months ago. To my surprise, the pelican is at the same area as months ago and for a migrant it seems to be pretty confortable at the place it's been using; very cool to observe it again, and as before, a great opportunity to take some more pictures of it.
posted by Darién - 6:07 AM
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Old Gamboa Road produced a Spectacled Owl, as a bonus.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
On our way back from Pipeline, about noon today, Alfred Raab stopped at the Gamboa side of the main bridge, parking at the bus stop. A Glossy Ibis was browsing in the matted vegetation there. Alfred let me know it was rare for the area, so we are passing the info along.
On february 10th, around 11:40 am, Ramón Fernández Francés, Kim Clark, and Natalia Decastro were birding in Bocas del Toro, along the road close to the continental divide. We first heard and then saw [this odd raptor]. We got some pictures, perhaps not the best, but good enough to see that it is a subadult. [...]
[Thinking that this could be a Solitary Eagle, we forwarded the photo to expert Bill Clark, who had this to say:
Many thanks for forwarding this to me.
But, unfortunately, this is a Common Black Hawk in transition from juvenile to adult plumage. No immature Solitary Eagle would show tail bands like this and a mix of adult and juvenile remiges. The eagle takes three years of so to get adult plumage.
I attach a copy of our Birding article that discusses in detail how to identify a Solitary Eagle in the field.
posted by Darién - 7:19 AM