Sunday, January 14, 2018

13th of January 2018, a day out..bird of the day.. orange breasted Falcon

Hello all,
Hans and I decided to have a slow day and did go to the Bocas del Toro side, just main land and just to enjoy the nature.
Of course we did visit the Veraguan Mango, she is still at the nest . I think she took a bath, she was all wet and cleaning her feathers. I think she must have babies now, did not see them yet, they are too tiny, but in a week probably there will be two small beaks pointing out of the nest, I will keep you posted..(see former posts) (mostly 16-18 days to hatch)

And so as we moved on...Hans was driving, I was of course staring outside the window...cannot help it...looking for birds. Did see suddenly a Falcon on top, thought first it was  a Bat Falcon. Because I know the Bat Falcon quit well, because he is always nearby our house, have a nest every year...I thought this one was bigger and more orange, also in neck. I did ask Hans, he was going slower already to stop and take a quick picture.
Of course he was a kind of concerned ...because that road to Bocas was quit busy yesterday (Saturday)  and we were not on a good point...please... a quick picture, zoomed in and later cropped... click and yes it was the orange breasted  Falcon... I did see this bird before in Caldera , long time ago...not a bird that is really often seen.
On one of the rivers we had our coffee... watching ringed Kingfishers and neotropic Cormorants and southern Lapwings (picture)
Cool picture that Hans took, a black Phoebe was flying in , ...I love the shade of this Phoebe.(click on picture and you see it better)
We did see along the road in total 4 Sloths, wow..and all very active..hanging upside down, moving around in tops of trees. Of course no did happen all the time in a curve of the road.

Moving on to the shore... punta Robalo, I was there a week ago (see former post).
Typical Bocas shore area, love it! We were late..fortunately there were clouds! Good for us, not so hot!

And so after exploring a bit we did go back and had a nice meal, checked out some Boat billed Herons:
and back home. On the way back home some stops.
What is it great to come back home too!!!
Down below some lists .
Greetings from Terry

Camino a Punta Róbalo, Bocas del Toro, PA
Jan 13, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     clouds, 3 stops
45 species (+3 other taxa)

Magnificent Frigatebird  5
Neotropic Cormorant  3
Brown Pelican  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  3
Cattle Egret  40     approx
Green Heron  2
southern Lapwing 1 Black Vulture 7 Turkey Vulture 3 Broad-winged Hawk 1 hawk sp. 1 White-throated Crake 1 heard more Purple Gallinule 6 Southern Lapwing 5 Northern Jacana 20 did not count , approx.. lot of immatures gull sp. 1 Herring or ring-billed ?
Royal Tern 37 Sandwich Tern 1
Ruddy Ground-Dove 11 Groove-billed Ani 5 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird 1 Crested Caracara 1 Yellow-headed Caracara 1 Streak-headed Woodcreeper 1 Common Tody-Flycatcher 1 Great Kiskadee 2 Streaked Flycatcher 2 Tropical Kingbird 3 Brown Jay 1 HO swallow sp. 1 House Wren 2 Tennessee Warbler 2 Yellow Warbler 1 Passerini's Tanager 3 Blue-gray Tanager 2 Blue Dacnis 4 Blue-black Grassquit 2 Thick-billed Seed-Finch 4 Variable Seedeater 5 approx White-collared Seedeater 1 Bananaquit 1 Montezuma Oropendola 40 approx Great-tailed Grackle 20 approx White-vented Euphonia 7 group together fouraging Tawny-capped Euphonia 3

on the bridge, Ngäbe-Buglé, PA
Jan 13, 2018 3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     clouds
15 species

Keel-billed Toucan  2
Black-cheeked Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Parrot  3
Olivaceous Woodcreeper  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Tropical Kingbird  1
Tennessee Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Passerini's Tanager  4
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Speckled Tanager  2
Golden-hooded Tanager  4
Plain-colored Tanager  3
Emerald Tanager  3
Carmiol's Tanager  2

Saturday, January 6, 2018

busy start of 2018

Hello everyone!
What a busy start  of the new year we have! With great guests and nice birding outings.
Hard work but rewarding!
A rainy start too, but on our farm it was o.k.. and I did not have to cancel any birding trip , there is most of the time somewhere a dry spot... although yesterday it was my wettest day ever and "cold".
But the guests had to go to Bocas del we did our best to find dry birding spots. We did see some nice birds!On the continental divide(Bocas del Toro)  was my slowest bird time in the 20 years ever! Mist, rain cold... the birds were hiding , I would do that too when I was a bird....
So after checking the area out and drink a warm cup of tea and coffee, we moved on...
Lot of rain, some dry spots.
We did see a very wet three toed Sloth and a Crocodile, so that was great.

We did pass by "my" sweet female Veraguas Mango in Caldera...she is now official breeding.
This was at 7.15 am 
                                                             This on my way back home 6.26 pm
The wetlands in Bocas del Toro are now really WET...
 and I am always excited to see some royal Terns...
                                             and a neotropical Cormorant of course
After a cloudy rainy day I drove home and got this present...
And so my list of the day of yesterday (5th of January2018) you will find down below. 
I love to birdwatch on different spots in different areas.

Today of course I have to work, but this morning I had a long sleep(6.30 am out of my bed ...yes yes...) and a long coffee drink on the balcony with my husband Hans. And enjoying the morning sun and staring a kind of sleepy and with a smile.. to my little Keel billed Toucan that I did buy from a nice Ngäbe  lady on our way to Bocas del Toro.
Greetings from Terry

Bird list 5 Jan 2018 from Boquete to punta Robalo(Bocas del Toro) and back

Brown Pelican
Neotropic Cormorant
great Egret
Snowy Egret
little blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Boat billed Heron
black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Roadside Hawk
Bat Falcon
crested Caracara
yellow headed Caracara (adult en Immature)
gray necked Woodrail
purple Gallinule (adult en Immature)
northern Jacana
spotted Sandpiper
royal Tern
white tipped Dove
brown throated Parakeets
sulphur winged Parakeet
blue headed Parrot
Squirrel Cuckoo
groove billed Ani
Veraguan Mango
violet headed Hummingbird
violaceous Trogon 
rufous Motmot
green Kingfisher
keel billed Toucan
black cheeked Woodpecker 
red crowned Woodpecker
lineated Woodpecker
southern Beardless Tyrannulet
yellow bellied Elaenia
paltry Tyrannulet
great Kiskadee
Panama Flycatcher
social Flycatcher
tropical Flycatcher
Fork tailed Flycatcher
brown Jays
northern rough winged Swallow
House Wren
clay colored Thrush
black headed Nightingale Thrush 
yellow Warbler
northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
tawny crested Tanager 
white lined Tanager
Passerini's Tanager
blue gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
golden hooded Tanager
red legged Honeycreeper
buff throated Saltator
blue black Grassquit
variable Seedeater
yellow faced Grassquit
black striped Sparrow
House Sparrow
great tailed Grackle
Montezuma Oropendola
olive backed Euphonia
lesser Goldfinch
white collared Seedeater
eastern Meadowlark
brown Jays
tody Flycatcher
bronze tailed Plumleteer
band tailed Barbtail
black Guan
white throated Crake
white vented Pigeon
ruddy ground Dove
mealy Parrots
Montezuma Oropendola
crested Oropendola
orange chinned Parakeets
groove billed Ani                            and the nice birdwatchers safe to a nice Island:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

today in cloud forest Boquete...sulphur winged Parakeets

These Sulphur winged  Parakeets does make me totally happy... today in cloud forest Boquete  💓

Greetings from Terry

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hello first birding trip in this New Year... and my first 2018 picture...a black faced Solitair , what a lovely bird to start 2018.
greetings Terry

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

27th of December 2017...and the female Veraguan Mango

she is on the nest....

So cute ! Veraguan Mango  female...
Greetings Terry
Birdlist of today...27th of December 2017
caldera, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 27, 2017 7:15 AM - 10:45 AM
60 species

Black Vulture  10     approx
Turkey Vulture  3     approx
Roadside Hawk  1     HO
Pale-vented Pigeon  4
Ruddy Ground-Dove  1
White-tipped Dove  3
Smooth-billed Ani  3
Veraguan Mango  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  5
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  1
Yellow-headed Caracara  3
Laughing Falcon  1
Orange-chinned Parakeet  12
Blue-headed Parrot  17
Brown-throated Parakeet  2
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Yellow Tyrannulet  3
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  2
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Panama Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  3
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Social Flycatcher  3
Streaked Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  6
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  2
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Black-chested Jay  4     approx
Blue-and-white Swallow  21     10 ish am big group flew over direction Boquete (North), bad weather higher in mountains, but around 10am it cleared somewhat up there, so maybe they went back
Gray-breasted Martin  1
House Wren  3
Isthmian Wren  1     HO
Tropical Gnatcatcher  1     HO
Clay-colored Thrush  6
Tropical Mockingbird  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Crimson-backed Tanager  4
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Red-legged Honeycreeper  4
Blue-black Grassquit  1
Variable Seedeater  2
Buff-throated Saltator  1     HO
Streaked Saltator  1
Black-striped Sparrow  1     HO
Orange-billed Sparrow  1
Eastern Meadowlark  1     HO
Baltimore Oriole  3     territorial defense between 2 males
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  8     Approx
Thick-billed Euphonia  8     approx
Lesser Goldfinch  4

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Veraguan Mango female building a nest

This nice Veraguan Mango female is building a nest 20 car minutes from our house. 900 meters altitude.First time I did see this Hummingbird in this area, very cool!

And this  red legged Honeycreeper male is enjoying the sun and the nectar of these beautiful flowers!! of the tree...

And it's not a bird ..but just as beautiful! Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea):

Greetings and merry Christmas from Terry van Niekerk
The list of this morning...
caldera, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 21, 2017 7:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Historical
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     2 spots  sun
54 species

Black Vulture  4     more , did not count exactly
Turkey Vulture  4
Roadside Hawk  1     HO (=heard only)
Ruddy Quail-Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  3
Smooth-billed Ani  3
Striped Cuckoo  1     HO
White-collared Swift  40     approx..big group(bad weather higher in the mountains)
Veraguan Mango  1  first time I do see her in this area!
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Lesson's Motmot  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  5
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Laughing Falcon  1     HO
Orange-chinned Parakeet  13
Blue-headed Parrot  7
Brown-throated Parakeet  2
Yellow Tyrannulet  2
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  2
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2     HO
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  4
Social Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  4
Masked Tityra  2
Rose-throated Becard  1
Lesser Greenlet  1     HO
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Southern Rough-winged Swallow  3
House Wren  3
Isthmian Wren  2     HO
Clay-colored Thrush  8     approx
Northern Waterthrush  1
Tennessee Warbler  10     in flower tree..approx
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Crimson-backed Tanager  10     approx
Blue-gray Tanager  6
Red-legged Honeycreeper  10     approx
Blue-black Grassquit  1
Variable Seedeater  5
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  1
Streaked Saltator  1
Black-striped Sparrow  2     1 heard 1 seen
Summer Tanager  1
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Crested Oropendola  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  2
Thick-billed Euphonia  1
Lesser Goldfinch  3

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas bird count 2017

And so another Christmas bird count behind us, most years I did go to finca Hartmann in Santa Clara and also this year,  my favorite spot on "the other side" of the Volcano Baru.
It was sunny and a nice breeze, nice people and good birds.
Here some impressions...

family Hartmann thank you for the hospitality and coffee mmmm
                                  familia Hartmann gracias por la hospitalidad y el café mmmm

"My" birds of the day was  (probably a pair) the 2 white crowned Parrots, I did see them last time, year ago in Bocas del Toro region, nearby Palo seco forest reserve, but then they were in flight, so now I could even take a picture and had a long look at them!

 and even a short video!

It was a good day, down below the bird list.
Greetings from Terry
Finca Hartmann, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 17, 2017 7:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Sunny day, some N wind Panama Audubon Christmas bird count
90 species

Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  7
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Green Hermit  1
Brown Violetear  2
White-bellied Mountain-gem  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  4
Collared Trogon  1     HO (= heard only)
Red-headed Barbet  4
Fiery-billed Aracari  2
Yellow-throated Toucan  18     active with songs
Olivaceous Piculet  1
Acorn Woodpecker  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  3
Smoky-brown Woodpecker  1
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Orange-chinned Parakeet  4
Brown-hooded Parrot  8
Blue-headed Parrot  10
White-crowned Parrot  2     Prob pair
Mealy Parrot  10
Slaty Antwren  2
Olivaceous Woodcreeper  1
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner  1     HO
Spotted Barbtail  1
Mountain Elaenia  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Slaty-capped Flycatcher  5
Rough-legged Tyrannulet  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1
Eye-ringed Flatbill  4     + calls and song
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  2
Bright-rumped Attila  1     HO
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  5
Boat-billed Flycatcher  3
Gray-capped Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  3
White-ruffed Manakin  3
Blue-crowned Manakin  2
Lesser Greenlet  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  10
Philadelphia Vireo  3
House Wren  5
Rufous-breasted Wren  2
White-breasted Wood-Wren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Black-faced Solitaire  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Mountain Thrush  3
Clay-colored Thrush  4
Northern Waterthrush  1
Golden-winged Warbler  3
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Tennessee Warbler  11
American Redstart  1
Tropical Parula  3
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler  5
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Golden-crowned Warbler  3
Buff-rumped Warbler  1     HO
Wilson's Warbler  2
Slate-throated Redstart  4
Cherrie's Tanager  3
Blue-gray Tanager  8
Palm Tanager  8
Golden-hooded Tanager  11
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  8
Green Honeycreeper  7
Variable Seedeater  3
Bananaquit  8
Yellow-faced Grassquit  3
Buff-throated Saltator  1
Streaked Saltator  1
Orange-billed Sparrow  1     HO
Summer Tanager  8
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  2     1 HO 1 seen
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  2
Blue-black Grosbeak  2     HO song
Crested Oropendola  4
Baltimore Oriole  5
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3