Mostrando las entradas de noviembre, 2013

Bonaparte's Gull at Costa del Este

This morning, Rosabel Miró found a distant adult Bonaparte's Gull in nonbreeding plumage on the mudflats at the mouth of the Matías Hernández River in Costa del Este. The bird was locate again at 9:30, and seen by Karl Kaufmann and Darién Montañez, and it was still there when we left at 10:00. If you haven't seen this rare migrant in Panama, why not try for it at high tide this afternoon?

Cinnamon Teal at Farfán

Consensus is the mystery ducks Jennifer Wolcott has been seeing last week at Farfán pond are indeed Cinnamon Teal , as shown by the ruddy wash throughout, and the underwing pattern and foot color. This afternoon, George Angehr and Darién and Delicia Montañez went and saw them, so drop everything you're doing and go see this rare vagrant to Panama. The instructions are thusly: They were in the Farfan marsh area, near the main road. I climbed the berm to get a better picture. So, park at the Farfan parking area, first walk into the marches (the gate is no longer closed and the grass is overgrown). If they are at the other end, walk down the main road counting telephone poles, then slog (carefully, take a walking stick if you can) up the berm.

Mixed bag from the Panama Audubon Hawkwatch station at Ancón Hill, a report by Ariel Aguirre

Oct. 2nd: Hook-billed Kite , soaring at early morning seen by Ariel Aguirre and Dominciano Alveo. Oct 3rd: Veery seen by Ariel Aguirre on the street from Mi Pueblito. The bird was seen again on Oct. 9th on the road leading to the National Police communications antenna in the hill upper section, and for the third time around our station where it was photographed by Ariel Aguirre and Domiciano Alveo. Also Oct. 9th a Black-billed Cuckoo was seen by Ariel Aguirre. Oct. 31st: Great Black Hawk ; two individuals in flight were seen by Ariel Aguirre and Beny Wilson. Nov. 5th: a Gray-cheeked Thrush was seen by Beny Wilson on the stairway next to the security checkpoint at the base of the hill Nov. 8th: Shinning Honeycreeper (female) first sighting ever for Ancón Hill seen by Domiciano Alveo and photographed by Ariel Aguirre.