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.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Bill Adsett, Mark Letzer and the undersigned visited the San Francisco Reserve in Tortí on Saturday, September 3, in search of Wing-banded Antbird (which we whiffed on). Around 8 a.m., while we were birding around the pond just before the entrance to the forest, we observed a mature Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle soaring over the forested ridge. The striking white head, white underparts of wings, black upperparts of wings, tail pattern, feathers on legs, orange cere and black around eye were all observed. I attach some pictures taken by Bill. Our bird was briefly molested by a pair of dark raptors, which we could not definitively identify. From my very vague shots (also attached), I would guess dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk because of the smaller size, yellow feet and pale primaries near the end of the wings.
Debo agregar que esta especie la hemos visto desde el 2014 junto a Karla Aparicio, Carol Gantes, Kenneth Contreras y guías locales de este lado de Garachiné, coordenadas (17P 0783655 UTM089019; 30msnm) en el orden cronológico:
09 agosto 2014 09:03am.
18 marzo 2015 03:09 pm.
11 agosto 2016 08:30 am.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
On September 3, the Panama Audubon trip to Coiba ran into an Arctic Tern on a floating log on the open seas beyond Isla Gobernadora. Notice the short legs, slight bill and mostly pale underwings with dark tips on the primaries. The photos, the first photographic evidence of the species in Panama, were taken by Rolando Jordán.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Adjunto una imagen del Elanio Piquiganchudo (Chondrohierax uncinatus), tomada el 11 de agosto en los limites del Parque Nacional Darién, Punta Santa Barbara, Garachiné (17P 0785542/UTM 0895027...30msnm). Estamos monitoreando aves para conocer la conectividad entre parches de bosques caducifolios y semicaducifolios junto al proyecto de Fondo Darién y el Grupo para la educación y el Manejo ambiental sostenible (GEMAS).
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The bird was found looking weak on the ground next to the guard post at the Ciudad Hospitalaria project on September 2. José Castillo, a security guard, caught it and handed it to Sandra Pinto, but it died overnight.
This would be the first documented record of the species, previously known from a sighting of two birds during the 1983 El Niño event.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
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.
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.