Monday, August 14, 2017

14th of August 2017 today cloud forest

Today I had some time, everything was ready at home for the new guests and they told us that they arrive in the late evening. And so on my way in the early morning  to the 1800 m , checking out some birds.

Sun was shining. Some clouds , some wind, but that  was o.k.

First it was slow, but after 1 hour  it warmed up and yes I did see nice birds around me. Still a lot of immatures , normal for the time of the year. Also like last week a nice migrant a Louisiana Waterthrush and "wauw" very early two black and white Warblers (both females).:

So the migrants are on their way, I will keep my eyes open.

Until now the score of the migrants for this season...

12/8 and 14/8 a Louisiana Watertrush both 1800 m altitude but in different areas:

6/8 and 12/8   2 western Wood-Pewees  900 m and 1 on  1800 m (on the 1800 m I did not have a good view, dark rainy was a Pewee and in this time you will have more chance to see a western Wood-Pewee, the easterns are mostly later.

The pictures of the black and white Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush are kind of blurry , because it was dark and they moved a lot

This picture of the western Wood- Pewee  was taken 6th of August 2017:

The short video above is from a family flame throated Warblers , this morning, 1 adult and 2 immatures , very recently fledged. So cute to see and so hard to follow them.... what an energie!

Down below the list of today.
Greetings from Terry

alto Quiel, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 14, 2017 7:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     some wind, partly clouds
47 species

Black Vulture  16
Band-tailed Pigeon  1
Short-billed Pigeon  1
White-throated Mountain-gem  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Acorn Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Barred Parakeet  8
Slaty Antwren  2
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  3     1 seen 2 heard
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper  3
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner  1
Streak-breasted Treehunter  1
Red-faced Spinetail  7
Mountain Elaenia  2
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Eye-ringed Flatbill  2
White-throated Spadebill  1
Tufted Flycatcher  2
Dark Pewee  3
Yellowish Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Barred Becard  2     HO
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  1     chasing away a black and white Warbler
Brown-capped Vireo  3
Ochraceous Wren  2
Isthmian Wren  1     HO
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  6     at least 6 seen, heard more
Black-faced Solitaire  2
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  1
Mountain Thrush  1
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  9
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2     first one this season
Flame-throated Warbler  5
Black-cheeked Warbler  2
Costa Rican Warbler  3
Slate-throated Redstart  3
Silver-throated Tanager  5
Common Chlorospingus  5
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  2     2 seen heard more
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1
Yellow-thighed Finch  2
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  2
Elegant Euphonia  1     + song
Lesser Goldfinch  1     + song

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

black billed Nightingale Thrush on sendero los Quetzales 6th of August 2017

A nice black billed Nightingale Thrush eating a worm on the sendero los Quetzales

Greetings from Terry

(I hope I get time to write  a  new post this week)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Male stripe throated Hermit in lek, a nice birding morning on finca Potoo

This male stripe throated Hermit is singing with at least 6 other males in a group...Lek is the name. The more males present to give off the pheromone, the stronger the attraction for the females
Since we bought 19 years ago this farm, 10 car minutes  from the farm we live, the stripe throated Hermits are there, big lek!

The farm is on a level of 1275m, is 25 hectares  and in another microclimate then the farm where we live.
When we bought the farm, it was mainly meadows with in between clusters with forest, also really virgin forest with huge trees. Mainly different Oak trees.

At least I try to hike and see birds there once or twice in a month. Depends how busy we are.
19 years ago it was a very nice mixed forest with Oak trees... nature wins....always.
Of course ..more and more birds are coming there...nice surprises. Today I did see a group of Smooth billed Ani's in a tree and a masked Titrya... first time I did see them there!

I was standing in a great huge Ant Swarm..I should know that, because I did hear and see the ruddy Woodcreepers...and gray headed Tanagers around me..and more. Love to see all the big Grasshoppers and spiders high up in grass and plants... ...I bet they were praying not to get caught by the Ants!

And like last week, I did see now 2 x a pair of white naped Brush Finch..working hard to give and find food for their "baby" bronzed Cowbird. A female Cowbird does not make a nest, but instead lays her eggs in the nest of other bird species..I notice that here in the highlands, the nest of white naped Brush Finches are very popular..

 And so it was again an exciting morning. The bird list you can find down below.
Greetings from Terry
finca Potoo, Chiriquí, PA
Jul 29, 2017 7:35 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
more or less 3.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     first sun, last half hour clouds came in
77 species

Little Tinamou  1     heard more
Black Vulture  15     approx
Turkey Vulture  2
Black Hawk-Eagle  1     + song
Roadside Hawk  3     2 seen 1 heard
Ruddy Quail-Dove  1
White-tipped Dove  2
Smooth-billed Ani  4
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Stripe-throated Hermit  2     2 seen, heard at least 6 more 
Garden Emerald  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  3
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Parrot  5
Brown-throated Parakeet  2
Barred Antshrike  1     + song and regular seen in this area
Olivaceous Woodcreeper  1
Ruddy Woodcreeper  2     Ant Swarm
Cocoa Woodcreeper  1     + call and song  regular seen in that area
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Lesser Elaenia  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Slaty-capped Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Panama Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Piratic Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  2
Masked Tityra  1
Black-and-white Becard  6     all with song
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  1
Lesser Greenlet  4
Yellow-green Vireo  3
House Wren  3
Rufous-breasted Wren  2     + song
Rufous-and-white Wren  3
Isthmian Wren  1     HO
Tropical Gnatcatcher  5
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  3     heard all over songs
Clay-colored Thrush  1
White-throated Thrush  1
Tropical Parula  4
Rufous-capped Warbler  5
Costa Rican Warbler  2
Gray-headed Tanager  4     1 pair  calls, prob nest or young close by, the other two following a big Ant swarm
Crimson-backed Tanager  3
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Red-legged Honeycreeper  3
Blue-black Grassquit  1     HO
Variable Seedeater  4
Yellow-faced Grassquit  3     female in nest
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  1     heard more
Buff-throated Saltator  5
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Orange-billed Sparrow  3     + song, 1 seen 2 heard
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  1     HO
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1     HO
White-naped Brushfinch  4     2 pairs with immature bronzed Cowbird
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  1
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  3
Bronzed Cowbird  2     fed by white naped  Brush Finch
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3
I forgot...2 more... buff rumped Warbler + song seen 1 heard 1
striped Cuckoo heard Only (HO) 

Friday, July 28, 2017

recycling nestmaterial rufous and white Wren at Tinamou cottage

This rufous and white Wren is taking nest material for his new or other nest 3 meters next door. The old nest was succes full, 2 immatures flew out a week before. Greetings Terry

song thick billed Euphonia

When you hear the thick billed Euphonia singing, you will know what kind of birds are living in that area. He is a great imitator.

Greetings from Terry

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

the story of family Bay headed started all on June 9th 2017

It started all next to our balcony... 9th of June 2017, suddenly a lot of action ... a pair of bay headed Tanagers started to build a nest.They were both building the nest. These birds are very energetic and so in no time there was a nest and also 1 egg only.
We were looking forward to the time that was ahead for us. We could just sipping coffee and follow the whole happening.
Around 13th of June the nest was ready and  the female was breeding.
The male was always watching and once in a while they took off together,making nice cute sounds.But this is what we did see a lot, the male on guard....
Then we did notice the 2th of July that both were more restless. The female was more moving in the nest and checking the egg or was  there something happening?
On the morning of the 3th of July 2017... yes we did see movement, a small beak... 
The female was all the time on the nest, only away for dinner. And the male was feeding the immature.  See also a video
4th of July.... more appetite...both parents were feeding and the Mum was also often on the nest.
I am always amazed how fast those little birds grow..this was already(zoomed in) 7th of July!
Look at the beak!
9th of July...the green feathers are coming!!! (click to enlarge)
the 10th of gosh...suddenly the chick is sitting on his nest...both parents are making soft calls all day:
This picture was taken in the afternoon, he decided to spend the night in his nest, was cleaning his feathers all day and his little wings were going like Hummingbird wings.
And then in the early morning of the 11th of July 6.30ish am, he was still in his nest and an hour later he did leave the nest.   and
Both parents pretty upset, looking all over the place. (Hans and I too 😉😊 )But not even a meter to the left of the nest... he (or she) was sitting in the dense tree on a branch, cleaning his feathers.He was doing that the whole day and the parents were busy with the little one.

11th of July 2017 in the afternoon.. a healthy chick with an attitude...he or she will make it!

And so this morning 12th of July 2017... 6.30ish am, I was on the balcony...checked the brush..the trees.... he/she was gone... flew away into the wide world! I felt a kind of sad and happy...mixed feelings.
I looked up and there was the male bay headed Tanager...staring at me...was he thanking me for the support? 

Greetings from Terry van Niekerk

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

27th of June 2017 Three wattled Bellbirds on the move and a lot of immature birds on the farm

Good afternoon...

This morning while sipping a coffee on the balcony, songs of two male three wattled Bell birds were echoing on the farm. They are already ready to go back to the Caribbean slope?. as a matter of fact, I did read a report on E bird that some were already spotted on a island in  Bocas del Toro a week ago.
That is pretty early.. this year I think the fruit on the trees were ripe early (different weather) and so they migrate down earlier then normal to get some more fruit. Hope they will have enough food and that they did raised some new Bell birds....
This year in some areas they were for a very short time or even did not show up there.

The only place were they were spotted in the normal time,  was on the sendero los Quetzales (Volcan Baru national Park, Boquete side). I did heard them there still a week ago. Then I talk about the Boquete area....

Well about new immature birds...on the farm we are surrounded by a lot of nests and baby birds. Even there are still birds building nests.No problem with the big amount of rain that we had the past weeks.
The Thrushes are now done with building nests, still a lot of immatures. Still some songs of Thrushes. The orange billed Nightingale Thrushes are still having nests and making nests, which is normal for the time of the year.

Of course the Wrens are very busy still with making nests and breeding . This rufous and white Wren did found a nice ...scary ... spot on the side of our spiny Palm Tree in front of our balcony.

I did see one going in with food, but I think after 4 days in nest , they have  eggs inside, so the food is probably for the partner. This is a picture of one of the birds with nest material, took this picture on the 22th of June.

Next to the balcony,bay headed Tanager sitting on eggs, this morning she was very restless, so I think there will be immatures soon.This is a small video I took 17th of June:

This picture of this morning:

And so exciting times again, I did some birding from the balcony this morning,  was not planning to be there  for more the an hour, could not help it. I was planning to paint a wall of one of the cottages... those birds they did it again.... the brush is still clean and the paint..I did not do anything with it....
Greetings Terry
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Jun 27, 2017 9:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     sun
44 species

Little Tinamou  1     HO
Gray-headed Chachalaca  2
Black Vulture  1
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  1
White-tipped Dove  1
Long-billed Starthroat  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  3
Gartered Trogon  1     + song
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1     HO song
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Cocoa Woodcreeper  1     + song
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  2
Panama Flycatcher  2
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  1
Three-wattled Bellbird  2     + song
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Yellow-green Vireo  1     + song
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  1     HO
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  2     + song
Clay-colored Thrush  2     + song
White-throated Thrush  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  1
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  3
Red-legged Honeycreeper  3
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  2     1 seen 1 heard  + song
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  1     HO
Black-striped Sparrow  3     family
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1     HO song
Thick-billed Euphonia  5
Lesser Goldfinch  2