Mostrando las entradas de junio, 2001

Elegant Terns at El Agallito

Delicia and Darién Montañez found small flock of terns at the water's edge at Playa El Agallito, Chitré, with two Elegant Terns, one in breeding plumage, and about two dozen Common Terns in various plumages. On another spot there was a smaller flock of a dozen Least Terns, one of which was in breeding plumage.

A Stripe-breasted Wren at Cerro Campana

Bill Porteous sent in the following report: At about 11.00am on 7th June 2001, on the Podocarpus trail in Altos de Campana National Park, at an altitude of about 950m, I was attracted by a call that I did not recognise. I taped it and played it back, and the bird started to move round me in circles, but I had got the impression, from the call, that it was a biggish bird, and I was searching too far away. It therefore took me some time to see it, and I was almost ready to give up when it flew in and sang above my head. It stayed above eye-level, and I was able to note, on tape, that it was dark below, with prominent white streaking on the throat and breast, that it had a long bill, and that its tail was shortish and rounded. I also recorded the comment that I had no idea what it was (!) and this puzzled me, because I thought I knew, more or less, which species were likely to be present. Finally, when I was about to give up and move on, the bird dropped below eye-level, displaying a long