Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Coclé, with bonus Blue-throated Toucanet, a report by Carlos Bethancourt


On January 30 We went to El Chirú, where we had a brilliant day of birding! First we all got excellent views of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Tropical Screech-Owl... In the same area we have close views of the endemic Veraguan Mango, as well as Crested Bobwhite, Saphire-throated Hummingbird, Red-breasted Blackbird, Rufous-browed Peppershrike... After a great morning we went to Juan Hombrón where we had perfect views of Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher....
The most amazing thing for us during the day was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, which is a rare migrant for Panama especially in the Coclé Province. We saw this bird, a juvenile, at El Chirú. Tino Sanchez (Canopy Lodge Top Guide) and I got great views of it. I had the close telescope views so I could see the bright red gorget. We could not take a picture there, but every one in the group got to see it. Once in Juan Hombrón I found another Ruby-throated but this one has less red on the gorget but at least I could digiscope it; not great pics but good for the report... They day could not be better for us!







I also wanted to share a great picture that I took of the Blue-throated Toucanet on
January 29 at Río Indio road, above el Valle… This same day we have great views of Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Plain Antvireo, Spotted Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Black-throated Green Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler… At Valle Chiquito we have a very cooperative Tody Motmot.

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