Friday, August 19, 2016

2 new birds on the farm 18th and 19th of August 2016

Two days in a row..each day a new bird on the farm.

Tropical Mockingbird..I did hear him already singing close by since this week, but never seen on the farm.
It is quit a common bird in Boquete but not on our farm...and yes there he was yesterday in the meadow on a dead branch singing !! I did not have my camera , picture will follow .

Then this morning while I was doing the laundry, I did hear the song of a white tailed Emerald, I could not believe my ears and later my eyes...
There he was sitting and  singing and drinking nectar of the Verbena flower bush..of course the rufous tailed Hummingbirds were not happy with him..but he did stay and went in a spectacular fight and the rufous tailed Hummers ..they gave up!!!!  Great!
By the way , while I was staring at the Emerald , this rosy Thrush Tanager came out of the brush...also nice to see him and of course I was ready with my camera...SNAP!

Greetings Terry

Friday, August 12, 2016

new names for birds....

 It was time again .. and so I will put the birds from the highlands down below who we can gratulate with new names! (in red) And for us poor birdwatchers, we have to get use to it again, but only 5 this time :) around Boquete.....see second link down below for more new bird names in other areas.
Good luck! greetings Terry

Gray-necked Wood-Rail  Aramides cajaneus
 Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajaneus is split into two species: Russet-naped Wood-Rail Aramides albiventris, and Gray-cowled Wood-Rail Aramides cajaneus.

 Green Violetear  Colibri thalassinus
Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus is split into two species, a monotypic Mexican Violetear Colibri thalassinus, which is equivalent to the former eBird group Green Violetear (Northern) Colibri thalassinus thalassinus; and the polytypic Lesser Violetear Colibri cyanotus, which includes the eBird groups Green Violetear (Costa Rican) Colibri thalassinus cabanidis and Green Violetear (Andean) Colibri thalassinus cyanotus/crissalis
With the split of Green Violetear into two species, change the names of the monotypic group Green Violetear (Costa Rican) Colibri thalassinus cabanidis to Lesser Violetear (Costa Rican) Colibri cyanotus cabanidis; and change the names of the polytypic group Green Violetear (Andean) Colibri thalassinus cyanotus/crissalis to Lesser Violetear (Andean) Colibri cyanotus cyanotus/crissalis.

 Blue-crowned Motmot  Momotus coeruliceps

 Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus coeruliceps is split into two species. The monotypic group Blue-crowned Motmot (Blue-crowned) Momotus coeruliceps coeruliceps is elevated to species rank as Blue-capped Motmot Momotus coeruliceps; and the remaining taxa, of the polytypic group Blue-crowned Motmot (Lesson’s) Momotus coeruliceps [lessonii Group], become Lesson’s Motmot Momotus lessonii, which includes the subspecies lessonii, goldmani, and exiguus. “Momotus coeruliceps is treated as separate from M. lessonii on the basis of strong differences in plumage maintained in apparent parapatry”

  Plain Wren  Cantorchilus modestus
Plain Wren is split into three species, in accord with NACC (Chesser et al. 2016): Cabanis’s Wren Cantorchilus modestus, Canebrake Wren Cantorchilus zeledoni, and Isthmian Wren Cantorchilus elutus. This split is based on differences in vocalizations and on genetic divergence (Mann et al. 2003, Saucier et al. 2015). Each species is monotypic; subspecies roberti (with range “Caribbean lowlands of Honduras”) and vanrossemi (with range “Pacific lowlands of El Salvador”) are considered to be synonyms of modestus (Saucier et al. 2015). Revise the range of Cabanis’s Wren from “S Mexico (Oaxaca) to Guatemala and n Nicaragua” to “southern Mexico (Oaxaca) south on the Pacific slope to northwestern Costa Rica; locally on the Caribbean slope from southern Mexico (Chiapas) to Honduras.”

 Three-striped Warbler  Basileuterus tristriatus
Change the scientific name of the monotypic group Three-striped Warbler (Costa Rican) from Basileuterus tristriatus chitrensis to Basileuterus tristriatus melanotis (Wetmore et al. 1984). In accord with AOU-NACC (Chesser et al. 2016), this group is elevated to species rank as Costa Rican Warbler Basileuterus melanotis; this action is based “on differences in genetics and vocalizations (Gutiérrez-Pinto et al. 2012, Donegan 2014)” (Chesser et al. 2016).
In accord with AOU-NACC (Chesser et al. 2016), the monotypic group Three-striped Warbler (Tacarcuna) Basileuterus tristriatus tacarcunae also is elevated to species rank as Tacarcuna Warbler Basileuterus tacarcunae.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Quetzal trail 6th of August 2016... love or hate ...two buff fronted Quail Doves (also some information about the trail!)

And so I decided to go and hike the Quetzal trail . Hans did bring me to the trail head... alto Chiquero and this time I did bring one of my best friend.. Spot. He is going with me a lot when I am going alone to the forest. He knows now exactly how to behave when I am bird watching. He is 7 years now, older and wiser.
First time for him on the Quetzal trail and he behaved so well and even looked up very surprised when he did hear the group of silvery throated Jays (for him a new bird) birding dog!!!
As I come on this trail already now for 20 years, every time I do experience that the start of the Quetzal trail on the Boquete side is the best to see the most different kind of birds. The times that I was early on the other side was always somewhat disappointing. The Boquete side is the area in my opinion that has the most biodiversity and so also the most different birds and plants.

Also better to start, when you like to hike this whole trail , try to start at the Boquete site, the reason is When it starts to rain very heavy... it can be so that the river on the Boquete site is growing fast and that is the only part of the river without a bridge, so crossing can be tricky then.

Yesterday it was not a problem to start where was great weather!
Loads of mixed flocks ...of course I wanted to hike the whole trail this time so I could not spend a lot of time to check out all the birds in the mixed flocks. Hiking and birding together is not easy .. mostly I am very slow :)
But Hans  was driving  to the other trail head to pick me up and that is 1,5 hour drive from Boquete. So I needed to go to Respingo, the other ranger station.
Also a note for safety..the trail is in a good shape. The government put some nice signs , how far away the ranger stations are . But when you do see on the sign 5 km to go to the other ranger station...that is not (like in Holland) 1 hour hike!!! This will take you at least 6 hours to see also something!!! Some people do hike it as an excercise can do it in 4 hours . From ranger to ranger!!! But in my will miss a lot!

 My highlight of yesterday were 2 buff fronted Quail Doves  having a "thing" together. I was on the 2350 m eating an apple...we heard a sound as somebody was digging a hole in hard soil...boom...boom....
I waited , but nothing came out...I was at least thinking of a Peccary or so... (kind of Pig)
So slowly I did go to check it out... two buff fronted Quail Doves were having ..or a territory issue or a love thing going on... they were "running" in dense brush together...pointing their tails to each other, lifting up 1 wing and and then bumping against each other..that was the "boom".
Hans and I were watching the little movie that I took and we think it is a mating ritual. I cannot find too much about that on the internet...maybe I have a new thing to tell!!!
I took a bad picture, they were moving fast all the time.
And so I was home around 4pm, it was a great day!!!! Here some birds...and the list .

                                           Slaty Flowerpiercer...nice beak profile:

red tailed Hawk:
                                          flame throated Warbler:
                 And of course always to see at Respingo, the Volcano Hummingbird: Greetings Terry
PN Volcán Barú--Sendero los Quetzales, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 6, 2016 6:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     from alto Chiquero to Respingo sunny with some wind . Specially until 2350 m (Boquete side) most flocks and activity
57 species

Highland Tinamou  1
Black-breasted Wood-Quail  1     heard group
Black Vulture  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1     nearby Respingo
Buff-fronted Quail-Dove  2     was it display or territorial defense, I do not know. For all the time that I was around(half an hour) they were side a side, walking around lift up their 1 wing and bumb to each other what gave a sound of somebody digging a whole in the ground.
Chiriqui Quail-Dove  2     + sound
Magnificent Hummingbird  1
Fiery-throated Hummingbird  1
Purple-throated Mountain-gem  1
Volcano Hummingbird  1
Scintillant Hummingbird  1
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird  1
Orange-bellied Trogon  1
Prong-billed Barbet  2     2 x group heard
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  6
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  3     1 seen 2 heard
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper  2
Lineated Foliage-gleaner  1     + call
Streak-breasted Treehunter  2     + call and song
Ruddy Treerunner  3
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Tufted Flycatcher  2
Dark Pewee  3
Yellowish Flycatcher  3
Golden-bellied Flycatcher  4     very noisy and active
Barred Becard  3     in mixed flocks
Yellow-winged Vireo  1
Brown-capped Vireo  1
Silvery-throated Jay  9     did see at least 9 ... group, maybe even more ...2350 m
Ochraceous Wren  3     + song
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  3     did hear more
Black-faced Solitaire  2
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  3
Mountain Thrush  4
Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher  2
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  3
Flame-throated Warbler  3     in mixed flocks
Black-cheeked Warbler  4     heard and did see more, not really counting
Slate-throated Redstart  3
Wrenthrush  1 ( afluente de  rio caldera )
Spangle-cheeked Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Slaty Flowerpiercer  1     +song
Yellow-bellied Seedeater  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Sooty-capped Chlorospingus  20     more in mixed flocks..did not count
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  7
Large-footed Finch  3
Yellow-thighed Finch  5
White-naped Brushfinch  4
Black-thighed Grosbeak  3     +song
Elegant Euphonia  2
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  20     in mixed flocks , did not count, a lot!
Yellow-bellied Siskin  2     + song

Friday, August 5, 2016

what happend the last month....

I cannot believe that it is a month ago that I talked about the rufous tailed Hummingbird nest. In the meantime I did go out to see the birds, regulary. Well what's new about that...
Now the time is there that the birds are hiding, still some singing birds, cannot find nests anymore...they are there I think... the thick billed Euphonia nest in the hanging basket is since yesterday empty, two little ones did fly out, I missed it . This picture I took a week ago or so... the arrows are pointing to the small beaks
I think the lance tailed Manakins have nests, when I am standing in the forest , they check me out...only females... also the orange billed Sparrows and little Tinamous are pretty active in singing.
This morning a nice singing female thick billed Euphonia in the tree. I love the songs, they are great imitators... she was imitating a buff throated Saltator, alarm call of a clay colored Thrush,  song of a yellow green Vireo, a road side Hawk and rufous tailed Hummingbird. It is so interesting that you can hear on a song of this bird...what kind of birds are common  in her surrounding.. I noticed that female thick billed Euphonias are more busy with imitating then males.
And these birds make a lot of baby'! I counted a few days ago...24 thick billed Euphonias in the garden. With them a lot of juvenils.

So this morning I did go watching birds on the farm. Very slow and I did see a nice little Tinamou in front of me, he or she looked at me and probably she real? We had an eye contact for at least 1 minute and then she walked into the forest, that was great! Then while I was standing to see a orange billed Sparrow ... it is almost not to believe...a stripe throated Hermit was flying through my legs!!!! Yes really!
They are flying very low to the ground, because we have small plants with small red flowers in the forest ..what they really like, so I think he or she thought I was a tree.

I will add the list of the farm of this morning (down below) and the list of 2 days ago.2 Days ago Hans and I did have  a day off and did go to the continental divide (in between border of province Chiriqui/ Bocas del Toro), love to go there, its only 1 our and 15 min away from us and such a different area. We had great weather, clouds and not so warm. Hans is so great.. he has good eyes, love to see the birds.. not too long in a row, so he was measuring the altitude and poor in coffee and gave me cookies :) I did walk slowly down the road...sometimes it was very slow bird wise and then suddenly  (normal for the time of the year) BAM a big mixed flock.
Hans was taking care of the car and sometimes he drove by when there was not really a bird to see...and I did continue the slow pace...  felt so spoilt and lucky ! It's nice to go down in altitude to see different birds.
Our gift at the end was a nice adult ornate Hawk Eagle 

I will add down below my best pictures from last month......
This nice Juvenil slaty backed Nightingale Thrush on the Culebra trail 1800m last week:
Roadside Hawk in our meadow:
Pearl Kite in Caldera:
eye ringed Flatbill in Jaramillo arriba:
Laughing Falcon in Caldera:
Not a great picture but cute..2 yellow bellied Elaenia's just fledged in Boquete down town:
10th of July a white winged Dove nearby our farm, did see them before on the road to Boquete down town (   west side of Wilson's bridge )

And so tomorrow I have also a day  can guess...more birds tomorrow... I am ready for a cloud forest ... until the next time!!! Greetings Terry
(for more lists.. )
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 5, 2016 7:20 AM - 10:20 AM
Comments:     clouds... forest meadow garden
53 species

Little Tinamou  3     1 seen 2 heard
Gray-headed Chachalaca  7
Spotted Wood-Quail  1     heard group in forest close by
Roadside Hawk  1
Gray-necked Wood-Rail  1
Scaled Pigeon  1     heard
Ruddy Quail-Dove  1
Stripe-throated Hermit  3
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  3
Gartered Trogon  1
Blue-crowned Motmot  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  3
Cocoa Woodcreeper  1
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Mountain Elaenia  2
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  1
Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Bright-rumped Attila  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Streaked Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  2
White-winged Becard  1
Yellow-green Vireo  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  2     + song
Rufous-and-white Wren  2
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  5
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  1
Buff-rumped Warbler  1
Gray-headed Tanager  1
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  2
Red-legged Honeycreeper  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  3     1 seen at least 2 heard
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  1
Orange-billed Sparrow  2     1 seen 1 heard, both singing
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  1
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  2
Thick-billed Euphonia  5     2 chicks flew out yesterday

Camino de la Divisoria Continental, Ngäbe-Buglé, PA
Aug 3, 2016 8:15 AM - 1:15 PM
11.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     partly clouds stopped on different spots along the road
72 species (+1 other taxa)

Swallow-tailed Kite  3
Ornate Hawk-Eagle  1
Great Black Hawk  1
White-throated Crake  2     heard
Ruddy Pigeon  2     +song
Squirrel Cuckoo  2
Groove-billed Ani  2
Vaux's Swift  13
Green Hermit  1
White-bellied Mountain-gem  1
Snowcap  1
Orange-bellied Trogon  1
Prong-billed Barbet  1     heard group in mountains
Yellow-throated Toucan  3
Keel-billed Toucan  1
Bat Falcon  1
White-crowned Parrot  2
Plain Antvireo  1
Dusky Antbird  1
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  1     heard
Rufous-breasted Antthrush  1     heard very close by in brush nearby CD trail
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper  1
Spotted Woodcreeper  1
Streaked Xenops  1
Streak-breasted Treehunter  3     2 seen 1 heard, very active and noisy
Red-faced Spinetail  2
Rufous-browed Tyrannulet  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant  1     and loud song, eating small insects, long view on him, pictures...blurry...very active. Almost no tail. White eye ring, black eyes and black cap, white spectacles . Nearby pump station.(500m)
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant  5     did see 2 heard along the road 3 more, very active
Tufted Flycatcher  2
Western Wood-Pewee  1     transient ,  +call
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  3     prob 2 western and an eastern Wood Pewee(early! ) with his call!
Long-tailed Tyrant  1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  1
Social Flycatcher  1
Golden-bellied Flycatcher  3     feeding young... family
Lesser Greenlet  2
Scaly-breasted Wren  1     heard
House Wren  2
Ochraceous Wren  1
Long-billed Gnatwren  1
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush  2     heard
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Olive-crowned Yellowthroat  2     female alarm call, prob. nest in long grass
Tropical Parula  1
Three-striped Warbler  3
Slate-throated Redstart  3
Passerini's Tanager  5
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Golden-hooded Tanager  3
Speckled Tanager  2
Spangle-cheeked Tanager  1
Silver-throated Tanager  3
Shining Honeycreeper  2
Blue-black Grassquit  3
Thick-billed Seed-Finch  1
Variable Seedeater  3
Bananaquit  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Yellow-throated Chlorospingus  1
Ashy-throated Chlorospingus  3
Common Chlorospingus  10     at least 10, prob more, heard more in mixed flocks
Black-striped Sparrow  3     family..feeding young
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  1
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Hepatic Tanager  1     call
Black-faced Grosbeak  15     at least 15 that we count, can be more, loud
Black-thighed Grosbeak  1
Montezuma Oropendola  1
Tawny-capped Euphonia  4     2 x pair
Lesser Goldfinch  1
restaurante Isabel, Ngäbe-Buglé, PA
Aug 3, 2016 2:15 PM - 2:25 PM
Comments:     on the road nearby bridge to W Mazu
6 species

Gray-breasted Crake  1     spooked him, was in tall grass before bridge, heard and did see him.
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  6
Black Phoebe  1
Tropical Kingbird  2
Olive-backed Euphonia  2     high up in tree next to the river

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

the Hummingbird story 6th of July 2016

So the rufous tailed Hummingbird female started I guess around the 3th of June with laying eggs. How long did it take to build a nest, I don't know all happend very close to us...but as noisy they are sneaky they can make a nest and have chicks...
As you can see on the picture I took in the forest (10th of June 2016)...easy to walk by...
I checked the nest very quickly and 2 small white eggs were in it...I did not take a picture of that , did not want to disturb. When I walked away..I waited from a distance of 4 meters or so and there was she...I zoomed in of course:

And so once in a while I walked the trail and of course I could not resist to keep an eye on her nest...
The incubation last about 14 to 16 days.When the chicks hatch they are around the 2cm long and naked and very short beaks
The 19th of June 2016 the chicks were there in the nest..they did have already some plumage, so I guess they were born at least 7 days before I took this picture :

And then it goes fast... 28th of June :

30th of June:
2th of July:

4th of July:
5th of July  1 chick left over..I guess the other one fledged...
And then this morning 6th of July, I was standing on a distance and did see through my binoculars "left over" chick being restless.....
I took a very fast picture from a it is a kind of blurry...
And OMG...the chick flew with a very cute little peeping sound...and there he/she disappeared into the wild!!!
Then yes I could not resist..finally I could see the nest very close by.... put my hand around it, to show how small...
And a close look before the rain will make it ugly...

 Then I decided to sit and wait with my binoculars from a distance to see what happend.
After maybe 5 minutes..the female came..checked the nest for at least 5 minutes and what she did also..she was cleaning it out, very careful she picked up the small insects...probably mites and so. There was a lot there, she was really eating all the time or did put it in her crop...probably to give it to her chicks. And then she did flew in the direction where the chick disappeared.....

Greetings Terry

Thursday, June 30, 2016

24th to 30th of June 2016

And so it is  the end of is getting more quiet. In the forest here on the farm very early...we still hear the clay colored and white throated Thrushes singing, but after maybe 10 minutes it stopps and then it is done with the songs of them.
Other birds are still very busy with singing...specially the red crowned Ant Tanager, rosy Thrush Tanagers, rufous breasted Wrens and the orange billed nightingale Thrushes are the winners!
For a whole week every day , almost the whole day a male yellow bellied Seedeater is singing around our house, I hope he get's what he wants... and the probably same pair of thick billed Euphonias are renewing their old nest in the hanging basket in front of our house, so probably they go for a new challenge.
In the night the tropical screech Owls are very active.
Still on the nest 2 immature orange billed Nightingale Thrushes in front of the little Tinamou cottage
and a nest with 2 immature rufous tailed Hummingbirds along the trail

, both very easy to take a quick is amazing that no predators did found them.
In the forest there are  a lot of nests of the white throated Thrushes, when I hike in the forest it is all the time these Thrushes, who are very alarmed . I discovered one nest in an opening in a trunk (adult bird flew out), for sure there are chicks or eggs, but even with binoculars I cannot see them.
This part of the forest I do like a lot, but I decided not to go there often... too much "upset" birds. They love this kind of areas:

 At this moment it is for the birds a good time to feed their chicks..a lot of caterpillars and other critters.. I think this Caterpillar is not tasty for birds... a whole tree full of them...
I don't know yet which one this is...
Then this insect..really cool!!! It's a whip spider, no harm for us humans..probably not tasty for birds.. does not look tasty... :)
Here some bird pictures of the last days (on our farm)... a nice white naped Brush Finch..she or he had 2 chicks with her...whole family of 4...
Then a very noisy immature yellow headed Caracara...
And a few days ago a very cute immature (food)begging blue headed Parrot, on the left the immature..(a short video of them..  )
And so ...we go into the month of July...more quiet although I am sure we will have some bird adventures, here on the farm and outside the farm...
Down below I will add my bird list of today .. I had only half an hour time today on the farm...for more bird lists see...
Greetings Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Jun 30, 2016 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
0.2 kilometer(s)
Comments:     in coffee farm/lower part forest sunny
21 species

Gray-headed Chachalaca  5
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  5
Blue-crowned Motmot  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Yellow-green Vireo  2     feeding young
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  4
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  5
Clay-colored Thrush  1
White-throated Thrush  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  3
Gray-headed Tanager  1     heard
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  1
Red-legged Honeycreeper  3
Yellow-faced Grassquit  1
Streaked Saltator  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  3