Sunday, December 17, 2006

Pacific Christmas Bird Count 2006 highlights


[A very preliminary report] A lot of people went out at ungodly hours of the morning and managed to count a lot of birds. Highlights, compiled from my hazy memory of a hot midday roll-call, follow:
Plantation Road: Speckled Mourner.
Old Gamboa Road: Blackpoll Warbler, Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Plain-breasted Ground-Dove.
Metropolitan Nature Park: Worm-eating Warbler, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, American Coot.
Panamá Viejo: Long-billed Curlew, Cocoi Heron, Elegant Tern, Franklin's Gull.
Amador: Cattle Tyrant, a couple Brown Boobies and a single Blue-footed.
Rodman Spoil Ponds: The first record (voice only, as usual) of Gray-breasted Crake from the Pacific Canal Area (that I know of). Four American Coots, a couple Glossy Ibis, and the only Masked Duck to grace our records in recent memory (that i know of. also the first one from the Pacific Side, that i know of.) Photo by Rosabel Miró.

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