Sunday, May 24, 2015

Green Ibis at Pipeline Road

Jacobo Ortega photographed this Green Ibis from the bridge over Quebrada Juan Grande in Pipeline Road on the afternoon of May 23.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jabiru at the Canopy Tower and Black Swifts galore, a report by Marshall Iliff

Attached are some shots of Jabiru from Canopy Tower on May 2. See:

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

Mixed bag of records, by Euclides Campos

While heading back from Coiba Island to Playa Arrimadero on April 26, rougly 8 to 10 miles away from the Hot Spring Trail, I spotted a large gull that turned out to be a 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

American Golden-Plover at Panamá Viejo

José Tejada, Rafael Lau and Niurka Castillo found an American Golden-Plover on the mudflats around the Panama Viejo Cathedral.

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.

Elegant Terns at Cinta Costera

Jan Axel Cubilla found a few Elegant Terns mixed in with the regulars at the sandbars by the Cinta Costera. Full account at his blog.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nazca Booby in Pipeline Road

Osvaldo Quintero photographed this Nazca Booby flying above the entrance to Pipeline Road on the morning of April 18.

Agami and Capped Herons at Summit Ponds

José Tejada visited Summit Ponds on April 17 and found both Agami Heron and Capped Heron, as well as the usual Boat-billed Herons.

Old Gamboa Road produced a Spectacled Owl, as a bonus.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cattle Tyrants in Clayton

It was bound to happen. Rosabel Miró reports a pair of Cattle Tyrants has been in the lawns of Clayton for a few days.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Glossy Ibis in Gamboa, a report by Jennifer Wolcott

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.

Odd raptor in Fortuna, a report by Natalia Decastro

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.
Cheers, Bill