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 más de un día
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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

New bird on the farm...white or purple throated Mountain Gem Juv

Hello all, So yesterday a mystery bird  , now we are a step further. She is still here today, territory arguments with the rufous tailed Hummingbirds. Better video, you see she has a lot of brown in the back and forehead, no tail, so I think a Juvenile. Still doubts ...because a white throated Mountain Gem is according the book severe out of range, here it is 1250 meters altitude and acc. the book they are above the 1500 m. While the purple throated Mountain Gems can appear already between 600 to 1500 m... so still not a 100% ID

Greetings from Terry

Friday, August 10, 2018

mysterious Hummingbird

Hi Everyone... I did hear "upset" Hummingbirds in the garden and  I was checking out what was going on. Then I did see a small orange bellied Hummingbird, very short tail. Grabbed my binoculars and did see a bright white supercilium,short straight beak.First I thought it was a female of a white throated Mountain Gem , maybe she lost her tail, but at the tip s of the tail I did see small white spot..also on the back... but a female of a magenta throated Woodstar...the supercilicum was too much...Stripe throated Hermit... this bird was too fast and active busy to feed for a Hermit.  Hans did run inside , did grab the camera, it was already darker outside (6.30 it was hard to have good pictures.) The video turned out better. Hope I will find out which Hummingbird it is.... I think it is a new bird on our farm.

Greetings from Terry

Sunday, August 5, 2018

different stories...

Hello all, I have all kind of short stories to tell, so here they are.....

Story 1
It is August already..where is July? , my gosh! still there are birds active with nesting and feeding fresh fledged immatures... "our" stripe throated Hermit is sitting on a new nest. The old nest is still there...I have the impression she was rebuilding it , but I think she did stop with that and build a new nest on another spot half a meter away from the other nest. That is what I think...maybe there are two different stripe throated  Hermits...
Anyway, she is now on the nest, amazing because it is next to the entrance of the great Tinamou cottage and there were all the time guest in this cottage. The hormones did win!
It's hard to take a picture, it's a very private place...

 Story 2
A week ago I was with two birders in a more meadow area, watching birds and what I don't see often and for sure not taking a picture from was an eastern Meadowlark with a baby, they were getting food in the high grasses...and yes I have pictures to proof....cuteness!!

Story 3
Another day I was birding with a Dutch couple and they did not know before...but we figured it out they are birdwatchers, super! And he takes great pictures! I am allow to use his picture of the pair of scarlet thighed Dacnis that we did see that morning, female above the male ...what a great shot!

Story 4
And he did make a picture of a great Butterfly in El Valle (Panama), did ask me to ID...but well.... Butterflies I like them , but when I know all the birds, then I go into Butterflies... 😊😉 But our friend Dan ,  he is in birds and big time Butterflies and he did ID it! It's a Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon) Great story I like to share about this butterfly...
 I had a laugh about Dan's story of the moving of the hindwings, because the Dutch couple told me that they were thinking that the Butterfly was attacked by Ants, he did almost try to remove the" ants" , but his wife did not let him , because she was afraid of "maybe they will bite".
Then they did see the picture and figured out that they were not ants, just a they  know the whole story...
Here is Dan's story... This sp is in the Lycaenidae family......... common name-- Hairstreaks. Almost all of the many 100's of hairstreak species have those tiny 'tails' on the trailing edge of the hindwings---- like this one has. When perched, they rub the 2 hindwings together, and the tails move & wave back-&-forth. 
Both the 'tails' -- the anatomical feature-- and the 'tails' being rubbed together-- a  behavioral feature-- are thought to have evolved as a way of attracting the attention of a potential predator to a non-vital  part of the bug-- the wings & not the body
If the individual is not able to escape predation by movement, by flying away, the predator will very often be visually attracted to the movement, to the 'tails' moving/waving.
The tail can be 1/2 gone and the butterfly can often still fly, thus mate (the adult stage- the flying butterfly stage - is strictly the sexual or reproduction stage, and just a small part of the entire life cycle.). Should a predator hit the body, the predation effort is usually successful-- the butterfly gets eaten. If the predator hits the wing, often the butterfly escapes. Thus........ it's not uncommon to see hairstreaks that no longer have the portion of the wings where those 'tails' are located.

There are a good # of hairstreak sp's that live on/ near the ground... like this one. That's why the photo shows it perching on grass. While the great majority of hairstreak species are found in forests-- with most of the 'rarest' (least known) living high in the forest canopy, rarely coming near the ground--- the one in the photo is in a sub-family called Groundstreaks.

Common name of this one-- Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon), one of the most widespread--- from the tropics of S America to the semi-tropics of south Texas. [Hairstreaks are almost entirely found in the tropics--- with a worldwide distribution.]

My guess...... you've seen this butterfly sub-family, Groundstreaks, 100's of times--- very likely this same species, as it is one of the more common ones. As forests get replaced with grasslands/ pasture, the groundstreaks experience habitat increase--- rather than habitat loss.
It's just like with birds........ and so many life forms. If we take the time, there is often beauty there. If we don't look, we don't see.

Story 5
Hans and I crossed fingers for the nest and immatures in it from the rufous and white Wren pair. They were busy with building (took them 2 weeks) a nest in our spiny Palm tree in front of our balcony...but they did it in a dead palm leaf that was ready to fall down the tree. (I did see in my head already the disaster of sad babybirds on the ground)...But they made it...2 baby birds fledged and 4 days later the palm leaf did fell down!! Yess! Good timing!

Story 6
we did have some great mornings and afternoons weather wise and I did go a couple of times to different areas cloud forest... and of course did see the birds on our farm...
I took this video of the cloud forest on 1850 meters altitude... beautiful, I will never get use to that and yes we live here already 20 years!
Yesterday afternoon I did go to the wettest cloud forest in Boquete... you can see , this tree is so amazing .. lot of clouds there...lot of epiphytes

                            And yesterday loads of common Bush Tanagers (common Chlorospingus)
                                                and immatures:

And so that was it...this morning a guest ask me if I could come and listen to the birds and tell him what we hear...he knows the birds big time in his country (USA), but here  it's of course hard.
And so we had a short time , but I love that kind of things. Here is the list of this morning and I greet you all!  Terry
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 5, 2018 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Protocol: Historical
0.1 kilometer(s)
Comments:     just to hear and when light enough to see some from Highland Tinamou cottage to garden, not really "birdwatching"

Little Tinamou  1     HO
Spotted Wood-Quail  1     HO
White-tipped Dove  1     + song
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  3     heard more
Lesson's Motmot  2     + call and song
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2     also heard call and song
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1     HO
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Blue-headed Parrot  1     HO
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2     HO
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  2
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  1     HO
Boat-billed Flycatcher  1     + call and song
Social Flycatcher  1     HO
Yellow-green Vireo  2     + song
Rufous-breasted Wren  1     HO
Rufous-and-white Wren  1     HO
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  2     heard more
Clay-colored Thrush  1
White-throated Thrush  2     heard also call (frog like)
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  2     HO  prob. more then 2
Rufous-capped Warbler  1
Buff-rumped Warbler  1     HO
Blue-gray Tanager  1
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  2
Red-legged Honeycreeper  3     + call
Buff-throated Saltator  2     + call and song
Black-striped Sparrow  3     + song ( bouncing ball)
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  7
Lesser Goldfinch  2     HO

Friday, July 20, 2018

20th of July 2018 a special meeting

Hello all, the 20th of July, Friday.
We are quite busy and so this morning I was ready for a little bit of birdwatching and  so I "birding dog Spot " was with me. I took it slow, a lot of birds... and clouds came in, so I was prepared to get wet, but then the man on a horse came by and he told me that it was not going to rain.
And he was right.
When I meet him, that happens quite often, he always tells me that there are a lot of and green.😀 He is by the way 75 years old and live with his horse and lovely dog in the middle of nowhere.
After a half an hour, there was another man that I never did see before. He did ask me if I was hunting, if so..this was a wrong place to hunt, I have to go much deeper in the forest he said.
I did say that I was hunting but in another way. I did not eat the birds...but I spot them and then I am happy.
He looked at me with no opinion in his face...maybe in his mind...
Oh you are watching them...yes...  I do.
I did ask him if he did some shopping and now  going home?
Yes, he said, I live far away, have to walk still 11 hours.
I did ask him, what his age was... almost 91 years he said.
Shall I take a picture...I asked... yes please.... with my dog? ...yes dog did like the man.

And I showed him the picture, it was good  and he said, I have to go, hasta luego!
And there he went.... almost 91 years old....

And so that was my morning...oh ... birds... yes they were there too.. see down below  my list:
Greetings from Terry

la India, Chiriquí, PA
Jul 20, 2018 9:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:     clouds
63 species

Black Vulture  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  7 
prob more in a fruit tree Ruddy Ground-Dove 1 White-tipped Dove 2 Lesser Violetear 1 Scintillant Hummingbird 2 Violet Sabrewing 2 White-tailed Emerald 2 Snowy-bellied Hummingbird 1 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird 3 Acorn Woodpecker 1 Red-crowned Woodpecker 2 Yellow-headed Caracara 1 Orange-chinned Parakeet 18 Yellow Tyrannulet 4 feeding 1 young by 2 adult Yellow-bellied Elaenia 2 Lesser Elaenia 1 Mountain Elaenia 3 Paltry Tyrannulet 1 Common Tody-Flycatcher 1 Yellow-olive Flycatcher 1 Bright-rumped Attila 1 Great Kiskadee 2 Boat-billed Flycatcher 2 Tropical Kingbird 4 Lance-tailed Manakin 1 HO White-winged Becard 1 Rufous-browed Peppershrike 1 + song and call Brown-capped Vireo 1 + song Yellow-green Vireo 2 Black-chested Jay 4 House Wren 1 Rufous-and-white Wren 1 Isthmian Wren 2 Tropical Gnatcatcher 1 Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush 2 Clay-colored Thrush 1 White-throated Thrush 2 Tropical Parula 1 Rufous-capped Warbler 2 Golden-crowned Warbler 2 Slate-throated Redstart 3 Gray-headed Tanager 1 Blue-gray Tanager 4 Bay-headed Tanager 1 Silver-throated Tanager 3 Red-legged Honeycreeper 3 Blue-black Grassquit 5 all over, heard more Variable Seedeater 1 Yellow-bellied Seedeater 1 + song Yellow-faced Grassquit 2 Buff-throated Saltator 1 Streaked Saltator 2 Black-striped Sparrow 1 Rufous-collared Sparrow 2 White-naped Brushfinch 3 feeding immature bronzed Cowbird Flame-colored Tanager 1 White-winged Tanager 3 Bronzed Cowbird 1
fed by a white naped brush Finch (Cowbirds are brood parasites) Golden-browed Chlorophonia 8 Yellow-crowned Euphonia 2 Elegant Euphonia 2 Lesser Goldfinch 1 heard more

Sunday, July 8, 2018

common Nighthawk Tinamou cottage Boquete Panama

This morning in the farm.

According e bird and the bird book, this bird is not suppose to be here at this moment , but I hear and see them regulary the last months

Greetings Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Jul 8, 2018 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Historical
Comments:     sun, lower part coffeefarm and in front of main house
35 species

Little Tinamou  2
Black Vulture  1
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  3
Common Nighthawk  1   heard them also 2 days ago in flight, the last month I hear them regular above the farm in flight
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Acorn Woodpecker  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  3
Great Kiskadee  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  3     at least 1 immature ..1 adult and the other I could not see good if it was an imm or adult..too deep in the forest, it was 1 family for sure
Yellow-green Vireo  2
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  3
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  1
White-throated Thrush  1
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  1     fighting with image in window for a week now
Buff-rumped Warbler  1
Crimson-backed Tanager  3     regular visitor in this area
Blue-gray Tanager  1
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  2
Red-legged Honeycreeper  4
Yellow-bellied Seedeater  1
Black-striped Sparrow  1
Yellow-thighed Finch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  2
Thick-billed Euphonia  2

Sunday, July 1, 2018

3x 3 wattled Bell bird juvenil issues about territory today in cloud forest

This cloud forest Boquete Panama...these very young 3 wattled Bellbirds are already making their calls...they sound like adolescents(voices change) and you see on the video that they "shout" in each other ears, wauw they start early...

greetings from Terry

The list of this morning...

alto Quiel, Chiriquí, PA (1800 to 1900 m altitude)
Jul 1, 2018 6:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Comments:     partly clouds, N wind
56 species

Spotted Wood-Quail  1     ho
Black Vulture  6
Ornate Hawk-Eagle  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  120     approx fly by and eating fruit
Short-billed Pigeon  5
Lesser Violetear  5
White-throated Mountain-gem  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Resplendent Quetzal  1     heard song
Orange-bellied Trogon  1
Prong-billed Barbet  3
Acorn Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1     ho
Barred Parakeet  16     eating fruit and flight calls
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  15
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner  2
Lineated Foliage-gleaner  1
Streak-breasted Treehunter  1
Mountain Elaenia  5     calls and songs all over
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Eye-ringed Flatbill  1
White-throated Spadebill  1
Tufted Flycatcher  1     ho
Dark Pewee  2
Yellowish Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Three-wattled Bellbird  6     heard all over , seen 5.
Barred Becard  1
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  2     + calls and song
Brown-capped Vireo  2
Blue-and-white Swallow  1
House Wren  2
Ochraceous Wren  3
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  3     heard more
Black-faced Solitaire  2
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  2     heard call
Mountain Thrush  4
White-throated Thrush  3
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  7
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  1     HO
Black-cheeked Warbler  5
Golden-crowned Warbler  2
Slate-throated Redstart  2
Silver-throated Tanager  5
Slaty Flowerpiercer  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  4
Common Chlorospingus  8
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  1     ho
Rufous-collared Sparrow  9
Yellow-thighed Finch  3
White-naped Brushfinch  1     HO
Flame-colored Tanager  2
White-winged Tanager  2
Black-thighed Grosbeak  2
Elegant Euphonia  1
Yellow-bellied Siskin  3     heard more