Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hawk migration 14 October 2018

                                            No ID yet  update 16 October 2018.. a couple of birders did say broad winged Hawk but I was not convinced because of the darkness in wings and belly..I did ask a specialist who is watching Hawks already for 19 years... his answer... I am convinced now 😊
"Hello Hans and Terry,

Wow, I'm jealous, I haven't seen a flight like that since I went to Veracruz, MX.  The bird you circled is a broad-winged hawk.  Broadwings come in  two morphs a light morph which  is the majority of the population and a much rarer dark morph.  At Veracruz, less than 0.1% of the broadwings are the dark morph.  You can see in the picture that the size and shape of the dark morph is the same as the light morph broadwings around.  The characteristics of the dark morph are a dark belly and underwing coverts.

Let me know if you have any questions,


David R. Barber
Research Biologist

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Today a huge Hawk migration. I think I did see the biggest in my 20 years of living in Panama. The sky was full in Bocas del Toro along the cost (Panama)!

Mostly broad winged Hawks, Swainson's Hawks and Mississippi Kite, Turkey Vultures. Also loads of groups of Swallows, what I did see for sure... northern rough winged Swallows and Bank Swallows and a few southern rough winged Swallows...but also Swallows that I could not see very well for a proper ID

Greetings from Terry

Saturday, October 13, 2018

wettest month is October....

Hello everybody, yes the wettest month is October... loads of people complain...not me...
I love it and enjoy it...why Terry why!?
Well there is always a dry spot..a dry moment to go out and see birds (migration is in full swing!), enjoy the fresh air, get wet and see the plants grow, the streams are full, the sound of the streams are loud and see the clouds come in and out and before rain starts, the birds are very active, that is fun too. And wearing a coat or my new poncho from Ecuador! It's probably my Dutch blood...

Of course it is low season now, we did good for September/October but since this week it is quiet for a few dentist hairdresser  extra cleaning in the house and maintaining and some nice outings and hikes in the nature around us. Did go last Tuesday (9th of October) with a birding friend to the low lands, see some shore birds and ate a nice fish. A few days before and yesterday I did that with my husband.


The picture above you see a Woodstork, (l) snowy Egret, (center) roseated Spoonbill, (R) a great Egret.
Last Tuesday we did see a nest of a Savanna Hawk, the immatures were still very tiny. Both parents were pretty busy with them.
And I thought the picture with all white birds is pretty cool (great and Cattle Egrets and Woodstorks). And yesterday before the rain also in David (rice fields) two pearl Kites, stepped out of the car and took this picture.
Still find it such a great thing that in less then one hour, we are from the cloud forest into the wetlands...
Did visit a couple of times the last weeks other areas outside our farm ... good birds!
I am not a fabulous picture taking person but this immature ornate Hawk Eagle turned out to be nice:
Who is watching who... :)
And this early morning I did go high up into the clouds and mist and had 2,5 "kind of dry" hours. It was hard to see the birds but in the forest you can spot them, more contrast. This paltry Tyrannulet  "oh no" it has now a different name "mistletoe Tyrannulet"...anyway it gives an idea how misty it was...                             
                                            They are so cute and so beautiful in the mist!!

On the farm it is busy, when I am outside it is with my binoculars, my ears are open all the time....very "not" relaxing...but I cannot resist to listen all the time...because of the sounds of the migrant birds. Yesterday was the first time that there was a small group of them passing by. It is starting slow comparing with last  year. Wilson's Warblers the most spotted.
Then American Redstarts and black and white Warblers. Probably it will come next week... "Our birds" are pretty active and I am pleased that the stripe throated Wren and Acorn Woodpeckers decided to be birds on our farm!
On our other farm I did spot and heard a black faced Antthrush, a new bird on that farm( Finca Potoo)

I did not tell about our trip to Quito
We did visit mostly the city but of course we did see birds, for me mostly new ones..although the rufous collared Sparrows...they are everywhere there!!! It was great to be on a higher elevation and yes this bird is stunning  the Vermillion Flycatcher
They are common there, but for me it was really super to watch him! And on an altitude of 4150 m you will see this, the stout billed Cinclodes
And a plumbeous Sierra Finch, for me it was great to see this one....
Well I think it will be not the last time that we will visit Ecuador, somebody ask me, you go and live there? No Panama is really in our hearts, but so once in a while a trip to another country is always nice.
So this was my story for now... greetings from Terry
(picture totally above..Barn Swallows migrating)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

rijst oogst/ harvest rice

It was birders paradise this afternoon in David Panama..rice harvest... bird list see down below...

greetings from Terry

                                            Great Egret, roseated Spoonbill, Woodstork:
                                            Barn Swallows...
Fork tailed Flycatchers:
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon:
Savanna Hawk:
roseate Spoonbill and great Egret:

David Rice fields, ChiriquĂ­, PA
Sep 22, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     cloudy..harvesting rice   
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  5
Pale-vented Pigeon  1
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove  2
Ruddy Ground-Dove  12     approx
White-tipped Dove  1
pigeon/dove sp.  1
Common Gallinule  2
Purple Gallinule  1
Black-necked Stilt  2
Southern Lapwing  3
Northern Jacana  3
Wood Stork  30     approx, prob more, did not count exact
Anhinga  2
Great Egret  40     approx, prob more, did not count exact
Snowy Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  3
Cattle Egret  100     prob more did not count
White Ibis  3
Roseate Spoonbill  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture  5
White-tailed Kite  1
Gray-headed Kite  1
Savanna Hawk  1
Ringed Kingfisher  2
Peregrine Falcon  1     very streaky  and bright white stripes on head and behind head...Juvenile.... chased away by Savanna Hawk
Tropical Kingbird  2
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  100     Not exact count , they were fouraging while rice harvesting see video 
House Wren  1
Tropical Mockingbird  2
Eastern Meadowlark  6
Red-breasted Meadowlark  5
Great-tailed Grackle  200     approx, not exact count

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

3 toed sloth continental divide , Palo seco reserve Panama

3 toed Sloth continental divide , Palo seco forest Panama

while birdwatching in one of my favorite bird spots(1hour and 15 minutes drive from Tinamou cottage Boquete) ...often I encounter a nice Sloth. See down below the bird list of that day

Greetings Terry van Niekerk

Camino de la Divisoria Continental, NgÀbe-Buglé, PA
Sep 16, 2018 6:50 AM - 1:10 PM
Protocol: Historical
11.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     2 stops,   sun
78 species (+3 other taxa)

Black-breasted Wood-Quail  2     seen 2 heard more...sound will follow...
Ruddy Pigeon  1
Purplish-backed Quail-Dove  1
Groove-billed Ani  1
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Vaux's Swift  3
Green Hermit  1
Stripe-throated Hermit  1
Green-fronted Lancebill  1
Purple-crowned Fairy  1
Green-crowned Brilliant  1     singing
White-bellied Mountain-gem  1
Purple-throated Mountain-gem  1
Violet Sabrewing  3
Crowned Woodnymph  1
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
hummingbird sp.  1     only the ish on back, rest dark green
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Short-tailed Hawk  1
Lattice-tailed Trogon  1
Broad-billed Motmot  1
Prong-billed Barbet  1     heard more
Keel-billed Toucan  1
Black-cheeked Woodpecker  1
Plain Antvireo  1
Dusky Antbird  1
Zeledon's Antbird  1
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  2     HO
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper  1
Spotted Woodcreeper  2     HO
Lineated Foliage-gleaner  3
Streak-breasted Treehunter  1
Spotted Barbtail  2
Tufted Flycatcher  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
Western Wood-Pewee  8
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Empidonax sp.  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  3
Bare-necked Umbrellabird  0     90% sure I did hear the sound.
White-ruffed Manakin  1
Lesser Greenlet  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Azure-hooded Jay  1     HO
Black-chested Jay  1     HO
Blue-and-white Swallow  10     approx
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10     approx
Bank Swallow  20     approx
Scaly-breasted Wren  1     HO
House Wren  1
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  1     heard more
Tropical Gnatcatcher  1     HO
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush  1     heard song
Olive-backed Euphonia  2     did see these birds before in this area ( pump station)
Tawny-capped Euphonia  3
Yellow-throated Chlorospingus  2
Ashy-throated Chlorospingus  1
Common Chlorospingus  6
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  1     HO
Tropical Parula  1     heard more
Costa Rican Warbler  3
Slate-throated Redstart  3
White-winged Tanager  2
White-shouldered Tanager  2
Crimson-collared Tanager  1
Scarlet-rumped Tanager  5
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  3
Spangle-cheeked Tanager  2
Plain-colored Tanager  1
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  3
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  7
Green Honeycreeper  2
Blue-black Grassquit  1
Thick-billed Seed-Finch  1
Bananaquit  4
Buff-throated Saltator  2

Saturday, September 1, 2018

black tailed Trainbearer Hummingbird in Quito Ecuador

Yes !! we were in Quito (Ecuador) for 7 days , more story's to come , but first a nice video of a lifer for me... a black tailed Trainbearer Hummingbird....

Greetings from Terry

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

stripe throated Hermit on nest

Hello all, "our" stripe throated Hermit (Hummingbird) is now really on the nest...the hormones are doing the job , she is there and she will do the job.
When we had guest in the great Tinamou cottage a few days ago (the nest is next to the entrance of the great Tinamou cottage), she was every time flying away from the nest when people came close by, now you can pass the nest, go with the vacuum cleaner and take a picture of flying anymore. I had the idea that she was more diving away in her nest, did not hear or see her flying away.
The closer by picture I zoomed in, I will not disturb her...

Greetings from Terry

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Euglossa Orchid Bee highlands western Panama

The name of the Orchid I don't know yet, it will come ...yes see down below!!!, but the insect is the Euglossa orchid Bee...beautiful!
Greetings from Terry

I did ask the people of finca Dracula in Guadelupe about the name of the Orchid...
this is their answer... thank you for the answer !
Es una Stanhopea
De especie habría que averiguar pero si es el mismo género que la foto que subí hace poco
Tuvo suerte porque las flores no duran mĂĄs de un dĂ­a
It's a Stanhopea Of a kind we would have to find out but if it is the same genre as the photo that I recently uploaded You were lucky because the flowers do not last more than a day