Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Least Bitterns at the Gamboa Ammo Dump, a report by Cedric Kinschots

Joris Deruwe and I found at least 2 Least Bitterns at Ammo Dump on Sunday, August 23. The birds were constantly flying back and forth between the shoreline and the tall vegetation on the floating island. On Sunday, the wind had blown the island to the northeast corner of the pond, near the Ammo depot entrance gate, so it was pretty far away. Quality is not optimal due to the distance, but I would say this is the resident race. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bare-necked Umbrellabird en El Copé, un reporte por Rolando Jordán

El sábado 22 de agosto encontramos tres ejemplares de Bare-necked Umbrellabird [incluyedo este macho adulto] mientras pajareábamos en El Copé. Los pájaros respondieron al play back en pocos minutos. Inicialmente los observamos a escasos metros del inicio del sendero de la Rana Dorada como a las 7:30am, un par de horas más tarde los vimos nuevamente en el mismo sendero y a las 3:00 pm los volvimos a encontrar en la salida. Además vimos Dull-mantled Antbird, Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Russet Antshrike, Northern Schiffornis y 30 especies más. El guía fue Ariel Aguirre y nos acompañaron Glen y Janet Lee, y Craig Bennet.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gray-capped Cuckoo in Darién

Domiciano Alveo shared these photos (taken by Theresa Bayoud) of a Gray-capped Cuckoo seen at Aruza Arriba, Darién on August 6 and again on August 12.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Umbrellabirds in El Copé, a report by Cedric Kinschots

I decided to follow up on your Umbrellabird sighting and visited El Copé this morning. At the exact spot mentioned in your report (the intersections of the Cuerpo de Paz and Auxiliary Trails with the Las Ranas trail, I played the tape and immediately not one, not two but three Umbrellabirds flew in.
Some pictures attached, they appear to be one adult and two younger males. Other good birds this morning were Crested Guan and Snowcap

I also saw several Smoky-brown Woodpeckers. I have been seeing these woodpeckers in El Copé for 12 years, even though Coclé is not mentioned in the range description of that species in Angehr nor Ridgley I believe.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Bare-necked Umbrellabird at El Copé

Camilo and Darién Montañez and César Trejos found a female Bare-necked Umbrellabird at El Copé on the morning of Sunday, August 2. The bird perched quietly on a low branch near the intersection of Las Ranas Trail and the Sendero Auxiliar.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Peruvian Booby and White Pelican, still around

Mario Ocaña sent us these photos of a Peruvian Booby seen at Peñón de San José on July 19 and of an American White Pelican at Panamá Viejo on July 22.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fledgeling Spot-crowned Barbets at Achiote, a report by Bill Adsett

Mariló Castro had been monitoring daily for months an active Spot-crowned Barbet nest in a hole in a dead trunk behind CEASPA's El Tucán Community Center at Achiote, Colón. On June 9 she and I (visiting for the day) were alarmed to find that the nest had been ripped open all the way down one side during the night or extremely early in the morning, and the adult and young birds were nowhere to be found. It was feared a predator had taken them. But then a barbet was heard vocalising nearby and we were relieved to find both parents and two fledglings safe and sound in a fruiting tree. One fledgling was in male plumage, the other in female plumage (is this unusual?). The male parent was feeding the female fledgling (and vocalising) and the female parent was feeding the male fledgling. Despite having left the nest for the first time only a few hours previously, both young birds were jumping from branch to branch and flying strongly and proficiently.

The young male had been seen before peering out of the nest waiting to be fed, but this was the first time the young female bird had been seen. The adult female and young male have not been seen since, but the adult male and young female continue to feed around the Center, especially in the early morning.

Hopefully they will remain there for several days to come. The only questions are: where are they roosting now that the nest has been destroyed, where are the adult female and young male (hopefully not far away), and where are they all roosting?

Cattle Tyrants at Biomuseo

The pair of Cattle Tyrants that have taken up residence in the Biomuseo parking lot spent all day yesterday happily confronting their reflections on every windshield in the area, and we have videographic evidence.

A video posted by Darien Montanez (@darien) on
A video posted by Darien Montanez (@darien) on

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Biomuseo Cattle Tyrants: still here

The pair of Cattle Tyrants that showed up at the South side of the Biomuseo lawn are still around. They have been seen every day, vocalizing profusely and seem to have taken residence on the palm trees (coconut and otherwise) around the parking lot and old officers' club.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cattle Tyrants at Biomuseo

A pair of Cattle Tyrants have spent all afternoon on the lawns at the southern side of the Biomuseo, at the very tip of the Amador Peninsula. Here is one admiring Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece.