Saturday, December 20, 2014

American White Pelican at Panamá Viejo

Venicio Wilson:
Mikko Oivukka sent me a picture of what thougth to be a Kelp Gull. On Tuesday, December 15 we both went to visit Panama La Vieja, where he saw it the day before, and did not saw the gull but saw an American White Pelican!
Also there was still the Lesser Black-backed Gull. Christian Gernez and I went later to check Costa del Este were we found a first winter Herring Gull.

Here's a video shot by Leslie Lieurance also on Tuesday.
The bird was then photographed on Wednesday by Orlando Jordán, and seen on Thursday by Camilo Montañez while driving the Corredor Sur.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Possible Kelp Gull at Panamá Viejo

Mikko Oivukka photographed this large gull with a blackish back at Panama Viejo yesterday. It looks like an adult Kelp Gull, or at least something equally interesting. Go get it!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Whistling Herons (!) in Gorgona, a report by Paul Oehrlein

On Monday, December 8 at about 10:30 AM I went down to the pond near Playa Malibú, Gorgona and observed many Least Grebe and one Blue-winged Teal on the water. East of the pond I was watching Snowy and Great Egrets, Little Blue Heron, and at least three Whistling Herons foraging in the medium to tall grass. Their position was approx. 8 33 28 N 79 51 21 W. They were somewhat shy and moved further back in the field when they took notice of me taking several pictures. I have included three of those. I was so excited, I am not sure whether this is one or three birds! I did see three at once and a few moments later there could have been a fourth. It was difficult to keep track. They did not fly out while I was there and this area is not heavily birded in my experience. I visit irregularly and have yet to encounter any other birders.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Violaceous Quail-Dove at Pipeline Road, a report by José Pérez

On November 24, I led a private tour with Marta Curtí and Sandra Miura in Pipeline Road. It was a great day with about four antswarms, with all the antbirds (but no Ground-Cuckoo). The most special bird was a Violaceous Quail-Dove that we saw past Quebrada Juan Grande.
The bird flushed and started flying in circles and finnaly stopped in a branch a few meters in front of us right over the road. It sat there without moving for about 10 minutes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cinnamon Teal at Chame, a report by Euclides Campos.

On November 25, a male Cinnamon Teal was seen near Playa Caracol with 13 Lesser Scaups at the shrimp farms located in Punta Chame. The group included Alexis Guevara, Jorge Portillo, Ileana Benitez and myself.

Also, a female Ring-necked Duck was at Gorgona.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reddish Egret at Aguadulce, a report by Howard Laidlaw

On the way back from Pedasi stopped at Aguadulce on 23rd November 2014. Found a white morph Reddish Egret, photos attached. Was with George Angehr, and Jan Axel Cubilla joined us later. There were also 33 Lesser Scaup on one of the ponds.

Northern Pintails at Farfán, a report by Jennifer Wolcott

Also Northern Shoveler. Blue-winged Teals too, of course, but maybe some other dabblers as well. But here are a couple of Northern Pintails—I counted at least three Thursday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk en Tortí, un reporte por Siu Generis

El domingo 16 de noviembre Guido Berguido observó un rapaz sobrevolando justo sobre nosotros en el Hotel Avicar en Tortí, mientras el grupo de observadores terminabamos de almorzar, alrededor del mediodía. Ante el aviso de Guido alcancé a tomarle esta foto para poder identificarlo y documentarlo como un Red-tailed Hawk.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mixed bag, a report by Euclides Campos

White-rumped Sandpiper seen at Punta Chame on October 30th.

Two white morph Reddish Egrets were observed at Punta Chame on November 6th.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult) seen at Costa del Este on November 10th.

American Avocets at Panamá Viejo, a report by José Tejada

These are a male and female nonbreeding plumage American Avocets found around the mudflats at Panamá la Vieja behind the museum on November 12. The female has a more upturned bill than male.