Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mixed Bag



Ariel Aguirre continues his treks to Quebrada Bonita (La Cascada) trail in Chagres National Park. Highlights are Sunbittern on March 23 and Marbled Wood-Quail on March 27.
José Tejada sent in a list of highlights from the first six months of his tenure as Burbayar Lodge's birdmonger. Highlights (of the highlights) are as follows:
Central American Pygmy-Owl around the lodge and Plumbeous Hawk on the red trail on Sept. 5 2006.
Great Green Macaw on waterfall trail on Sept. 10.
Green-crowned Woodnymph on El Llano-Carí Rd about 3 Km north of Burbayar on Nov. 18.
A possible Tawny-breasted Flycatcher (a bird similar to the common Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher but with distinctly darker orange underparts), on the red trail on Jan. 27, 2007.
Slate-throated Gnatcatcher on El Llano-Cartí Rd on Jan. 28.
Green Manakin on the red trail on Jan. 29.
Chestnut-collared Swifts and a pair subadult Harpy Eagles on El Llano-Cartí Rd on Jan. 31.
White-fronted Nunbird, Red-billed Scythebill and Thicket Antpitta on El Llano-Cartí Rd on Feb. 6.
Gray-and-gold Tanager on El Llano-Cartí Rd on Feb. 7.
José Carlos García sent in this photo of an Olivaceous Piculet he and Mahelis Rodríguez found at the Gamboa Ammo Dump on April 16. Piculets are pretty scarce in the Canal Area, and rarely reported from the Gamboa area.

More interesting was this immature eagle he photographed March 28 during a downpour at Achiote Road. Consensus says it's a Crested Eagle, an extremely rare bird that was reported from Achiote a couple of years ago, but your comments are always welcome.

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