Mostrando las entradas de enero, 2005

Las Macanas & El Agallito

Darién Montañez and Swedish birding pal Mikael Sellin spent the morning at Ciénaga de las Macanas; saw pretty much the usual: about five Glossy Ibis, a couple thousand Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks but no fulvous, and a Mangrove Cuckoo. That afternoon we had a flock of 13 Stilt Sandpipers in the pond to the left of the street at Playa El Agallito. We also had Cinnamon Becard in the mangroves, which is supposed to be there but i had never recorded.

Atlantic Christmas Bird Count 2004

Northern Parula: An adult male in non-breeding plumage was seen by Darién and Delicia Montañez in Fort Sherman. It was with a flock of tanagers and flycatchers bathing in a ditch on the back part of the fort, near the road where the Lined Seedeater weas seen a couple of years ago. When we first saw the bird we were about five meters away from the flock. After a couple of seconds it flew up to a higher bush, allowing us to get closer, as near as about two meters. Total combined observation time was about thirty seconds. Iit was clearly a warbler, slaty-blue above and mainly whitish below. The throat and chest were pale yellow, and there was a faint smudge of chestnut in the middle of the chest. The bold facial pattern, and incomplete white spectacles were very visible, and it had some olive green on the back of its head. The white wingbars were equally conspicuous. This is the first male northern parula I've seen in panama, but i have seen the species in fall and spring migration in