Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Mixed Bag, from Guido Berguido

During a recent assignment with visiting birders between July 15-28th, 2008, Advantage Tour's
Euclides "Kilo" Campos reports some interesting bird sightings:

While birding some patches of forest around Tortí, eastern Panama Province, they saw Black-crowned Antpitta, Western Syristes, White-eared conebill, White-ringed Flycatcher, Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Great Jacamar, Spot-crowned Barbet (Darien race), Yellow-green tyrannulet, Ocellated Antbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Pacific (Streaked) Antwren, Barred Puffbird, and Brown-chested Martin.

Later around Burbayar and Nusagandi they recorded, among others, Sapayoa, Striped-cheeked Woodpecker, Dull-mantled Antbird, Slate-throated Gnatcatcher, Plumbeous Hawk, and Crimson-bellied woodpecker. While birding around Cerro Azul they saw Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Blue-and-gold Tanager, Black-eared Wood-Quail, Tacarcuna Bush-Tanager, Schiffornis of the foothills form and heard Russet-crowned Quail-Dove. Along Pipeline Road they found Moustached (Pygmy) Antwren, Semiplumbeous Hawk, and Gray Elaenia.

Exploring the forests around El Valle de Antón revealed Snowcap, White-tailed Emerald, White-troated Spadebill, Eye-ringed Flatbill, Green Thorntail, and Blue Seedeater. Hiking various trails going into higher elevations around El Copé, they were able to find quite a few highlights including Lattice-tailed Trogon, Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager, Chiriquí Quail-Dove, Black-breasted Wood-Quail, Golden-olive Woodpecker, and Purple-throated Mountain-Gem. Finally, on their way back around Penonomé they saw Yellowish Pipit, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Crested Bobwhite and heard Rufous-browed Peppershrike.

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