Wednesday, October 12, 2016

loads of birds 12th of October 2016

Well I was ready to cut the grass with our machine but when I was feeding the horses... the bird sounds were there . I did try to NOT listen, but I did go home...I took my Binoculars and did go to the meadow and got stuck in between a lot of birds..At around 11 am my husband he shouted from the balcony... COFFEE!!!! well then I dragged myself out of this bird party and drunk my coffee... then it did start to rain, so that makes me that I have to cut grass...tomorrow with my ears and eyes closed :)

Next to the bird sounds...this juvenile lineated Woodpecker was also guilty that I did not cut the grass  this morning:
Two adults were with the juvy... I guess the parents...

Then a lot of migrants came through, like this black burnian Warbler female:
                                            Swainson's Thrush
                                           Wilson's Warbler male:

And this cute yellow olive Flycatcher (our bird) is always around the stable:
I did make a small video, it's on Tinamou cottage Facebook...
The list...
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Oct 12, 2016 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 kilometer(s)
Comments:     cloudy
51 species

Little Tinamou  1     heard
Gray-headed Chachalaca  2
Black Vulture  1     eating a dead Armadillo
Roadside Hawk  1
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  4     heard at least 2 in forest , seen 2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  5
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  5
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1     +call
Lineated Woodpecker  3     calling
Blue-headed Parrot  5
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Mountain Elaenia  2
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1     heard
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1     +call
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     +call
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Social Flycatcher  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
House Wren  2
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  4
White-throated Thrush  1
Golden-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
American Redstart  3
Blackburnian Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  4
Wilson's Warbler  3
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  4
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  3     heard more
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Summer Tanager  2
Flame-colored Tanager  2
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  3
Baltimore Oriole  5
Thick-billed Euphonia  5
Lesser Goldfinch  3

Greetings Terry

Sunday, October 9, 2016

17th of September to 30th of September 2016 birds in the Netherlands

Yes I was ready to see some Dutch birds, this time the last almost 2 weeks in September, beautiful weather, all the time... so a little bit less activity in migration, I think the birds were enjoying the weather as we did...
But still we did see nice birds, stayed this time more in the north of Holland.
The province of Groningen was on our list and we will be back!
We did have a great time there, stayed in a nice B& a very typical Dutch village Garnwerd, nearby all the birding hotspots
Loads of Barnacle Goose  (Brandganzen) around us! Nearby is the "Waddenzee" ( ), very important area! We did spend a lot of time there, also around national park Lauwersmeer . 
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Since I am not so often on the shore, it was great to have all the help of my Husband Hans. I was busy with my bird book, while Hans was telling me the details and put the scoop on the bird... those Ducks and Gulls  and Hawks with all their Winter..summer...1th year.. 2th year...3th year plumage....OMG!

I never did see so much common Buzzards (Buizerds) in Holland as during this trip and also common Kestrels (Torenvalk):
In one field in the National Park we did see 9 Buzzards  in the grass, sitting there and hunting. Here a sign of a catch, he/she was not in the mood for these intestines, I don't blame him/her:

Not only for the Buzzards was a lot of food...for the Starlings, Blackbirds ,Tits etc.. a lot of insects and fruit and berry's.
This blue Tit in the village Garnwerd was just sitting and "burping"
We did also stay in "het land van Maas en Waal" , we know that area very well, because we did live there close by. It is the area in between two rivers..the Maas and the Waal:
Around castle "Doddendael" a lot of protected beautiful nature... the Goldfinches ( Putters) were happy there:

And this is how it has to be...protected land with a lot of flowers...
We did see a lot of Frogs, this green Frog (born last Spring)  was looking for a safe place...
Of course loads of  gray Herons ( blauwe Reigers) and yes also more and more great white Egrets (grote Zilver Reiger) , this year I did see more great white Egrets then former years, they do spread out over the country.
I cannot resist to put this picture of early morning around Castle Doddendael on the 29th of September:
In the center a group of Euresian Spoonbills (lepelaars)  migration..

Then of course we did visit my favorite place ..also because it is in the area where our family lives...
Landje van Gruijters, I knew that they builded a week before a small island in the water for the Avocet (Kluut),  they can breed there.
So now I could see that for myself.. good job!
And it was nice to see the common Snipes (Watersnippen)and much more birds...

Talking about the common Snipes.. we did visit a ring station (excursion) in the Dunes on 24th of September. That was already a long wish of me and it was even better then I was expecting!!!
Such an important work and what an enthusiastic  people over there!
The netting:
They catch the birds in the nets, very respectful ..they check the netting very good so that birds are not "hanging" there a long time. Then they go in small cotton bags and then it is ring time!:  BlueTit..Pimpelmees
 Checking feathers it a first  Also checking how much fat they have... you blow on the breast of the bird and you check the fat, specially for migrant birds very important, they need fat to survive the journey:
But also weigh:
And then fly away!!!
Of course some  pics ...meadow Pipit (Graspieper):
A Robin (Roodborst):
A Reed Warbler (kleine Karekiet):
A Blackcap male (Zwartkop man):
A Blackcap female (Zwartkop vrouw):

European Stonechat(Roodborsttapuit): his Summer plumage is almost gone!

A Chiffchaff (a Tjiftjaf ):

And here they are both... a common Snipe (Watersnip) on the left  and a Woodcock(Houtsnip)

Also fantastic to see them flying away! 
It was a super morning!

We did stay in a B&B in the province Noord Holland..nearby Wormer en Jisperveld  and much more very nice areas ( ), it is very close to Amsterdam, but every time I am amazed how busy the area is, still plenty of birds to see.

In total we did stay 4 nights in B&B Woodsidelodge in Velsen, North of Holland. We did stay there before in former is such a pleasure to see that the area get more and more birds! The habitat is getting better and better...
Also this B&B is close by the coast and so we did go to the "Noordpier" in IJmuiden and check out some Sea birds... sometimes you can bump to some really rare and cool birds over there.
 (for sure after storm..not in our case) Our bird of the day were two Shags(Kuifaalsgolvers), flying over very closeby!!
Some pictures.. Red Knots (Kanoet):
Loads of Turnstones (Steenlopers) and a Oystercatcher (Scholekster):
One Turnstone had a ring, could not see the numbers unfortunately:
Those Gulls...look at these...
                                         There we go again...

                                        Uh I think it is time for a coffee, I start to see funny things...
back in Panama... everywhere I hear and see migrants.. back to Warblers, Euphonias and Hummingbirds!!!
 To check out my bird lists..go to Ebird (region)Netherlands .. 17th to 30th September 2016
Greetings Terry

Some Bird lists in Dutch: Westzaan... (19 Sept. 9.30-10, 19 Sept 18.30-19.30, 21 Sept. 17.30-1900)
Grauwe Gans
witte Kwikstaart
wilde Eend
zwarte Kraai
blauwe Reiger
grote bonte Specht
Turkse Tortel

Around Woodside Lodge Velsen 23 September 2016 9.30-11
Grote Bonte Specht
grote Mantelmeeuw overvlieg
 grauwe Gans overvlieg
Kokmeeuw overvlieg

Thursday, September 8, 2016

31th of August to 8th of September 2016

Not tooo much time to go out bird watching, but on our farm is enough to see, so I did see the first American Redstart on the farm and I think this morning a Louisiana Waterthrush..but without binoculars, so I am not sure.... for a northern Waterthrush it is maybe to early, but it could be.
Nice in this time of year is the very soft singing clay colored Thrushes..also some nasty fights in between the Trushes..lot of young birds want to have their spots.

About fights..I was observing 2 days ago the Volcano Hummingbirds while waiting for my husband and two Dutch hikers at Respingo, the other trail head of the Quetzal trail. I love to watch them how they fly fast high in the sky and come back even faster to impress other Hummingbirds...spectaculair.The make a great high whisle when they come down.
Here a female Volcano Hummingbird...I had plenty of time to put some effort in pictures:
Also  the black capped Flycatchers were active, such a pretty birds:
I did see 2 western Wood Pewee's, all the time calling, probably new arrivals because a collared Redstart was very upset and wanted to get them out his area...he was attacking them all the time.
Large Footed Finches ..a big group were doing their thing in the brushes..scratches in leafs with  both their big feet to get the insects . The hikers were thinking that there were big animals in the brushes...

Last week I did go birding with the oldest birdwatcher I ever went birding was great. She is turning 93 years this month. Wauw , what an eyes!  and ears, great! We did see great birds... her daugther was more for the big birds and yes we did see them also... the biggest of that day was a ornate Hawk Eagle flying by...attacked by a great Kiskadee ..unfortunately no picture. We did watch a very cute family Squirrel Cuckoo, both male and female were feeding the immature, very cute!
With an English couple I did go birding , the Englishman wanted to take pictures..he made some great ones, he was very happy. And fortunately we did see also a male Quetzal...well with picture taking people I do have time to take a picture with my camera . Here he is...

September is moving on and this coming week I have some time to check out the birds... migration time!
My husband did see a migration group of Hawks in Bocas del Toro (coast)..migration is almost in full swing.. we keep our eyes and ears open!!!! Last but not least, a picture of the Spotted Sandpiper, taken from the bridge here nearby the farm...ah well the bridge is high..., he is on the left... :)

Down below the list from last Monday , the birds seen on our farm.. more lists see on  Ebird...
Happy birding and greetings from Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Sep 5, 2016 8:20 AM - 9:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     sun, coffee farm area
40 species

Gray-headed Chachalaca  4
Spotted Wood-Quail  1     heard group in forest
Roadside Hawk  2
Scaled Pigeon  1
Ruddy Ground-Dove  1     heard song
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  4
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Laughing Falcon  1     heard only
Blue-headed Parrot  6
Brown-throated Parakeet  4
Mountain Elaenia  2
Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant  1     + call
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  2     +song and call
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Lance-tailed Manakin  2     + call
Lesser Greenlet  2
House Wren  2
Rufous-breasted Wren  1     + song
Rufous-and-white Wren  1     + song
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  4
White-throated Thrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
American Redstart  1     first one this season
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Buff-rumped Warbler  1
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  3 immature get fed by adults
Bay-headed Tanager  5
Silver-throated Tanager  1
Red-legged Honeycreeper  5
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Streaked Saltator  1
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  3
Lesser Goldfinch  2     + song

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

30th of August 2016 first black burnian Warbler of this season

Today 30th of August 2016 , before busier times will come again.. I headed to an area nearby our other farm. Great weather, good birds.
Still quit a bit of immatures, specially from seedeaters, even the yellow faced Grassquits were carrying nest material.
yellow bellied Seedeater female was very concerned about can see that at the picture:
Hidden in this tree this just fledged immature of her..that's why she was concerned:
These guys (lesser Goldfinches) are dismissed of all the love affairs of last season, just take baths and eat a lot and get ready for the next season:
Unfortunately I was too late to take a picture of the first black burnian Warbler, female. She was so closeby , I was almost ready to take a picture, but I was "disturbed" by a farmer who was checking out his cow and new born bull..that was also very cute , so I took a picture of Mother and son...:
It was a great morning...see down below my list of today and also of yesterday morning....
Greetings Terry
la India, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 30, 2016 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 kilometer(s)
Comments:     sun..later clouds
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Vulture  4
Roadside Hawk  1
Short-tailed Hawk  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  5
White-tipped Dove  1
Garden Emerald  1
Emerald Toucanet  2
Acorn Woodpecker  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Laughing Falcon  1     heard
Brown-throated Parakeet  5
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  3
Mountain Elaenia  6
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Black Phoebe  1
Great Kiskadee  2
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Social Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  3
Masked Tityra  4
Yellow-green Vireo  3
Black-chested Jay  2
House Wren  3
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Isthmian Wren  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Tropical Mockingbird  5
Tropical Parula  3
Blackburnian Warbler  1     first one this season (early!)
Slate-throated Redstart  1
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Palm Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  6
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  3
Blue-black Grassquit  2
Variable Seedeater  5
Yellow-bellied Seedeater  3
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  7
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  4
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  7

palma real, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 29, 2016 7:10 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:     partly cloudy
60 species (+2 other taxa)

Gray-headed Chachalaca  4
Cattle Egret  2
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Roadside Hawk  1
Pale-vented Pigeon  1
Scaled Pigeon  1
Ruddy Ground-Dove  6
White-tipped Dove  1
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Garden Emerald  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Olivaceous Piculet  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Smoky-brown Woodpecker  1
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Blue-headed Parrot  1
White-crowned Parrot  4
Brown-throated Parakeet  12
Slaty Spinetail  1
Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet  1
Yellow Tyrannulet  1     only heard
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  4
Lesser Elaenia  1
Mountain Elaenia  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Western Wood-Pewee  2
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Kiskadee  2
Social Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  3
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  1     I think acadian or Willow Flycatcher pumping tail and had white eye rings not bright white wingbars, slightly yellowish on breast..brownish crown?
 Scrub Greenlet  1     also with song
House Wren  3
Isthmian Wren  1
Long-billed Gnatwren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Buff-rumped Warbler  1     and song
Cherrie's Tanager  4
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Palm Tanager  2
Golden-hooded Tanager  5
Shining Honeycreeper  2
Red-legged Honeycreeper  3
Green Honeycreeper  2
Blue-black Grassquit  1
Thick-billed Seed-Finch  1     female singing
Variable Seedeater  4
Bananaquit  3
Yellow-faced Grassquit  1
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Orange-billed Sparrow  1     and song
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Crested Oropendola  2
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  2
Thick-billed Euphonia  3
Lesser Goldfinch  2