Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vermillion Flycatcher in the Western Azuero Peninsula, a report by Philip and Julie Pearce


On August 2, 2017, a female Vermillion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) was seen in Mata Oscura, a small community between Torio and Quebro. The location is approximately 200 feet above sea level, but virtually at the rocky coast between Playa Morrillo and Playa Mata Oscura. The Morrillo estuary is very close to this location. The area was formerly cleared for cattle, but has been reforested within the past 8 years with trees and shrubs in an attempt to attract birds and other wildlife. Philip and Julie Pearce saw and photographed the bird.
The bird was acting typically for a tyrant flycatcher. She was perching at the tops of the small trees and shrubs and darting up to catch insects, then returning to the same perch. She did not vocalize. This was at approximately 11:30 a.m., at the edge of a relatively clear area in relation to the surrounding heavier forest.
 

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