Mostrando las entradas de mayo, 2009

Pygmy Kingfisher at Ammo Dump Ponds, a report by Carlos Bethancourt

I just wanted to share this pic of American Pygmy-Kingfisher that was observed by me and a group of birders from Oregon. The interesting thing is that this beautiful bird was around for about an hour and constantly feeding, taking the food away and coming back to three different spots over the water at Ammo Ponds. I could say that it probably has a nest nearby, but I couldn't work a lot on this bird since there was a lot going on at Ammo ponds.... We also got great views of male and female Olivaceous Piculet , Yellow-tailed Oriole, Southern Lapwing, Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet, Scrub Greenlet, Immature Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Great Blue Heron, Striated Heron, White-throated Crake etc... It was a nonstop birding afternoon...

Gulling Costa del Este

Björn Anderson visited Costa del Este on Saturday afternoon. A first year American Herring Gull and 15 Black Skimmers were present. Alas, no Kelp Gull.

Wedge-tailed Grass-Finches in Santa Fe, a report by Bill Adsett

On May 16, Charles Adsett, Fátima Hawthorne and myself found several individuals of Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch —and heard several more—on the grasslands of the upper southern slope of Cerro Tute. They were relatively easy to see since when flushed from their hiding places in the grass, they would often fly to low perches in bushes and elfin forest where they could be well observed. According to Ridgely, Francisco Delgado has reported them from two nearby sites, La Yeguada (surely not in the pine trees!) and Buenos Aires de Cañazas, so their presence on Cerro Tute is not that surprising. Sadly, this is the exact site on which Santa Fe Energy plans to build a wind farm, under a concession to be signed with ANAM. This will cause considerable permanent disturbance to the area. Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch is known from only a few locations in Panama, always in undisturbed natural grasslands. Therefore, its days on Cerro Tute may be numbered, despite the supposedly protected status of its habita

Costa del Este Gulls, a report by Björn Anderson

Costa del Este y'day Sunday produced the regular Kelp Gull, but also what I believe was an accompanying first year Kelp Gull. In addition one first year American Herring Gull and one probable first year Lesser Black-backed Gull.

El Valle Photo Safari, a report by Rafael Luck

El sábado 9 de mayo estuvimos visitando El Valle de Antón y sus alrededores, los birriosos pajareros y fotografos Osvaldo Quintero, Jan Axell Cubilla y Gloriela Archibold y Rafael Luck. Entre algunas aves vistas y fotografiadas estan los colibríes Snowcap y White-tipped Sicklebill, Tody Momot y Schiffornis. Otras aves por el area de Mata Ahogado fueron Black-headed Saltator, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Wren y Rosy Trush-Tanager (todos fotografiados).

Kelp Gull, Skimmers at Costa del Este

Osvaldo Quintero sent in these photos taken in Costa del Este on Sunday, May 3. The Kelp Gull, first seen on april 3, is still around, and the flock of Black Skimmers has grown a bit: by our count, there are 75 skimmers in the photo, and we may have missed a few.

Mixed Bag, from Euclides Campos

March 3 : White-crested Coquette at her nest in Cuesta de Piedra. March 6: Golden-naped Woodpecker at Santa Clara. Also Gray-crowned Yellowthroat and White-throated Flycatcher at Volcán Lakes. March 29: Strong-billed Woodcreeper at La Rana Trail in El Copé, with Kereen Álvarez. April 30: Streaked Xenops at Lake Bayano, with Laura Reyes. I used playback and the bird came in right away.