Thursday, May 31, 2018

30th of May 2018... highlights of the last two months

This is a present of my husband ... a month ago... yes I agree...I am a bit ,specially the last months...
Did go out birding a lot...with guests, with birding pals and with my husband and alone...
I like to mention my highlights in this post...of course I have a lot of great experiences, but the greatest was that I did see for the first time in my life  a female and male resplendent Quetzal mating... OMG !!! he flew above her, spread his wings and show the deep red breast... it was fast, but I will never forget it.
A great part also was...I was not alone! A Belgium family...Mum Dad 2 daughters and Hans my husband were also watching this!!! Too fast for a picture...but the day before I was in the same area and this male did an airshow..specially for a nice man who was very eager to see a Quetzal....and he landed above us... checking us out:

Another highlight was..also for the first time in my life.. I did see mating between a three wattled Bellbird female and male. Not so spectaculair, very fast..not too much romance...even worse.... he was "shouting " in her ear before the mating, well it probably was "hot" for her. Fortunately I was with my friend and so we shared that moment! Finally also a picture of a female three wattled Bellbird:
I had again four great groups of students biology, we did see loads of birds . Hans took a video when we did see and hear the Bellbirds...  to get an impression.

Another fun thing was the 5th of big day ... it is a great feeling to know that a lot of birders are out and count the birds almost all over the world. A lot of birders join each other and make teams. My team was my husband and I... he drives.. I watch and listen. 
It is also our day out after a busy time working.
We did go to the mangrove area around David city and meadows/ rice fields.
Hans took a nice picture of this lesser yellow headed Vulture :

And I did fall in love with this beautiful brush full with Hummingbirds..mostly sapphire throated Hummingbirds:
in the mangrove we did see this nice, not often seen Muscovy Duck:
Later on our way back in the rice fields a nest with two immature Pearl Kites and adult feeding them:

We did eat something in David..checked out some birds in the city , headed home..I did make my lists, down loaded them... here one of the 9 lists, of course I did bird on our farm too... you can go to my ebird list to see them (

May 5, 2018 6:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     3 different spots..ricefields and mangrove areas
76 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  7
Muscovy Duck  1     in Mangrove, pretty shy
Wood Stork  22
Anhinga  1
Great Egret  40     approx
Snowy Egret  2
Cattle Egret  27
Green Heron  3
White Ibis  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  16     approx
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture  2
Pearl Kite  3     video later, adult was busy with prey
Common Black Hawk  1
Savanna Hawk  1
Roadside Hawk  2
White-throated Crake  1
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  1     HO
Southern Lapwing  3
Northern Jacana  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Pale-vented Pigeon  3
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove  2
Ruddy Ground-Dove  15
White-tipped Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Smooth-billed Ani  5
Groove-billed Ani  3
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift  3
Long-billed Starthroat  1
Garden Emerald  2
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird  3
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Sapphire-throated Hummingbird  10     approx, prob more in a blooming tree
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Keel-billed Toucan  1     HO
Red-crowned Woodpecker  8
Lineated Woodpecker  3
Crested Caracara  5
Yellow-headed Caracara  3
Orange-chinned Parakeet  16
Red-lored Parrot  34
Yellow-crowned Parrot  40     approx heard and fly over
Brown-throated Parakeet  15
Barred Antshrike  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  1
Northern Scrub-Flycatcher  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1     + call
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Empidonax sp.  1     no ID yet  video
Bright-rumped Attila  1     HO
Great Kiskadee  4
Social Flycatcher  2
Streaked Flycatcher  1
Piratic Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  3
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  5
White-winged Becard  1
Scrub Greenlet  2
Lesser Greenlet  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Gray-breasted Martin  2
Mangrove Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  80     approx
House Wren  5
Clay-colored Thrush  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  6
Blue-black Grassquit  3
Variable Seedeater  2
Bananaquit  2
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Red-breasted Meadowlark  6
Great-tailed Grackle  100     approx, lot of nests

And so then I did check the other list of other birders, most of them download them in the field on their phone. I don't do that, I miss birds then...I am slow.
On this day it is also about how many species we see in 24 hours... important to put Panama more on the map... this year, this day was really very visible in the media in Panama..television, radio, newspapers,social media, very good to make people aware..means also even more protection of the nature here!
I did see on the other birders lists that the three wattled Bellbird was not spotted yet...or maybe somebody spotted this bird , but it was not on a list yet... so I looked at my husband and  he said ...okeeeeeeee, let's go... the result was a great late afternoon with of course the Bellbird on the list...

Jaramillo arriba, ChiriquĆ­, PA
May 5, 2018 4:55 PM - 5:45 PM
Protocol: Historical
Comments:     clouds, before rain 1700 m alt. to 1800 m alt
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Chiriqui Quail-Dove  1
Vaux's Swift  3
Lesson's Motmot  1     HO
Northern Emerald-Toucanet  2     1 heard 1 seen
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  1     HO
Spotted Barbtail  1
Mountain Elaenia  2
Eye-ringed Flatbill  3     1 seen 2 heard song
White-throated Spadebill  1     HO
Dark Pewee  1
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Three-wattled Bellbird  3     HO
Barred Becard  1     HO
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  1     + song
Brown-capped Vireo  2     + song
Blue-and-white Swallow  2
Isthmian Wren  1     HO
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  1     heard more songs
Black-faced Solitaire  1     HO song
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  2
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  1
Swainson's Thrush  3     1 seen 2 heard (call and song)
Mountain Thrush  3
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  1     HO call
Tropical Mockingbird  1
Northern Parula  1     very good view by the both of us, on this bird, 2 white wing  bars , broken  white eye ring.. whitish lower breast. Did see last week in the same area also a northern Parula
Tropical Parula  1     + song
Golden-crowned Warbler  2
Canada Warbler  1
Slate-throated Redstart  4
Cherrie's Tanager  2
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Streaked Saltator  1
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  3
Rufous-collared Sparrow  2
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  2
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  1     HO
Elegant Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  1     HO

The end results for Panama were great!! 

So that was an highlight šŸ‘

The next day it was Holland time... this picture was taken in Schoonhoven (nest with Stork):
Yes 2 weeks vacation to Holland. Visiting family and friends but also the Dutch birds. I am not a target lister...but 3 birds that I never did see were the black Woodpecker (zwarte Specht) and  European  pied Flycatcher (bonte Vliegenvanger) and the Crane.(Kraanvogel) The second week we did stay in the province Drenthe, the chance to see those birds there was big! But the first sight  for the Woodpecker and Flycatcher was in the province Overijsel where we did visit Hans Anties. Also we did see there a pair of gray Wagtails on the river "Dinkel" 

When you visit Holland , these provinces are well worth going.. nice variation in nature and good and different birds. 
I did not take too much bird pictures...
Here an impression of the different areas and some birds......
Dwingelerveld  ( province Drenthe)

De Geelgors (Yellowhammer): 

Fochteloƫrveen (province of Friesland and Drenthe)
Where we did see the Crane!

Barn Swallow in the observation area  FochteloĆ«rveen, Brunstingerplas.

Like last year we could not resist to visit  the province of  Groningen, the Onnerlanden. Unfortunately there was a lot of wind and so harder to see the birds, but still we did see plenty and also there is a tower that you can a very nice impression of the area...:

We did stay for a week in an area in the province of Drenthe, Gietenveen.
Did rent a bike to explore the area, it was great to bike again in flat Holland.
In Gietenveen:
                                           Picture above, a Stonechat, male.
                                          Picture above, a common Buzzard in the early morning
and a very nice House with a bird friendly garden.

It was a great vacation. Now in Panama already a week and it is good to be here again, although hard to say goodbye to family and friends and the Dutch birdies.
Last Tuesday I was in the forest here next to our house and then I realize again what a very special country Panama is... birds everywhere, so green and clean air and a huge amount of insects! Fab!
Down below the bird list of last Tuesday and for now greetings from Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, ChiriquĆ­, PA
May 29, 2018 8:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Historical
9.0 ha
Comments:     clouds came in
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Little Tinamou  1     HO
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  1     HO song
Ruddy Quail-Dove  1
White-tipped Dove  2
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
nighthawk sp.  1     flew up fast
White-collared Swift  30     big group in valley
Stripe-throated Hermit  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1     HO call
Cocoa Woodcreeper  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Lesser Elaenia  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Piratic Flycatcher  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  3     heard more, very active
Yellow-green Vireo  2     heard more
Blue-and-white Swallow  3
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  3  nest
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  3     heard more songs
Clay-colored Thrush  6     heard more
White-throated Thrush  4     heard more
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  3
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Buff-rumped Warbler  2     + song
Gray-headed Tanager  1
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  1
Red-legged Honeycreeper  4
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  1
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Orange-billed Sparrow  1
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  2     HO
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

golden hooded Tanagers eating cecropia beans

Hello everybody....A lot of work and  birding outings lately, so for now only a short video of the golden hooded Tanagers today.

Down below the bird list of today and after Easter then I will post another story.

Happy Easter!!

Greetings from Terry

Bird list 27th of March
little Tinamou heard only(HO)

great Egret

black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

yellow headed Caracara

broad winged Hawk

Swallow tailed Kite

pale vented Pigeon

white tipped Dove

ruddy ground Dove

brown throated Parakeet

Squirrel Cuckoo

striped Cuckoo HO

Vaux's Swift

snowy bellied Hummingbird

rufous tailed Hummingbird

Lesson's Motmot

green Kingfisher

fiery billed Aracari fast in flight

red crowned Woodpecker

pale breasted Spinetail HO

Woodcreeper sp

dusky Antbird female

southern beardless Tyrannulet

lesser Elaenia

yellow bellied Elaenia HO

ochre bellied Flycatcher

torrent Tyrannulet

paltry Tyrannulet

common tody Flycatcher (Terry)

western Wood Pewee

black Phoebe

great Kiskadee

dusky capped Flycatcher HO

social Flycatcher

streaked Flycatcher

Piratic Flycatcher HO

tropical Kingbird

fork tailed Flycatcher

masked Tityra

orange collared Manakin

yellow green Vireo

red eyed Vireo

lesser Greenlet HO

scrub Greenlet HO

black chested Jay HO

southern rough winged Swallow

gray breasted Martin

Isthmian Wren

House Wren

American Dipper

orange billed Nightingale Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

clay colored Thrush

tropical Mockingbird

Tennessee Warbler

yellow Warbler

chestnut sided Warbler

black throated green Warbler

slate throated Redstart HO

rufous capped Warbler

buff rumped Warbler

gray headed Tanager

Cherrie's Tanager

crimson collared Tanager

blue gray Tanager

bay headed Tanager

golden hooded Tanager

blue Dacnis

green Honeycreeper

red legged Honeycreeper

streaked Saltator

buff throated Saltator

Bananaquit HO

blue black Grassquit

variable Seedeater

yellow faced Grassquit

black striped Sparrow

red crowned Ant Tanager

rose breasted Grosbeak

blue black Grosbeak

eastern Meadowlark HO

great tailed Grackle

yellow billed Cacique

crested Oropendola

yellow crowned Euphonia HO

tawny capped Euphonia

lesser Goldfinch

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Tennessee Warbler song 11 March 2018 in Boquete Panama and more pictures and story

Hello everybody, yes it is March...I did survive busy February! looking back to a great birding month. I did go a few times alone and quite a bit with birders out of the States, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Panama, France, Germany, Portugal.
On the last day of February, I was with birders from France, what a great trip. I never forget anymore , when they did see 2 female tiny scintillant Hummingbirds(6.5 to 8 cm, 2.6 to 3.1 in) fighting with each other in front of our faces. They look to eachother with faces of unbelieve and surprise...and said to each other ...NO WAY this is a lie! :)
I is almost not real to see those tiny Hummers... every time it is a miracle!!!
Here some pictures from February until now (you can click on the picture to enlarge)... I cannot believe that time flies so fast!!!
                                            Summer in the mountains:
                                             Red legged Honeycreeper:
                                           Hans and I were 2 days ago in Caldera, just a late afternoon
                                           clouds above the continental divide:
                                            Also we had a short visit in Dolega, did see this
                                            green Iguana:
                                           This short tailed Hawk was sitting in the bright sun
                                            1800 m altitude:
                                          Acorn Woodpeckers in the mist 1950 m:
                                          Birding on my own... white crowned Parrot 600m :
                                          Good sightings of resplendent Quetzales,
                                          a lot of fruit for them this year:
                                           And in a late afternoon Hans and I were up the
                                           Volcan Baru 7000'/ 2133m:

I am still thinking back with a smile of our day on the Volcano with the Audubon group late January, as the day of yesterday. I got this nice picture of  W. Adsett...thanks !

And so March is rolling and more trips and birds to come. Enjoying the migrating birds...I am waiting for the big groups of Hawks flying over. 
So this afternoon a singing Tennessee Warbler male , see video in this blog. So exciting! 
First time for me to hear a Tennessee Warbler singing in the 20 years we lived here. 
I did hear also 2 weeks ago already a black and white Warbler singing  and a American Redstart, that is a kind of normal to hear them in this time of year.
The chestnut sided Warblers males are changing their plumage, love to see that. And like to see the faces of some American birders when they don't recognize their own birds. They look a kind of weird with their not complete Summer plumage... 
Down below our balcony list of this afternoon, wine and birds and some clouds came in , so we were hoping for some rain...but no did not happen... 
Greetings from Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, ChiriquĆ­, PA
Mar 11, 2018 5:10 PM - 5:55 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     warm , clouds, balcony
45 species

Gray-headed Chachalaca  1     HO
Cattle Egret  3
Broad-winged Hawk  1     + song
White-tipped Dove  1     + song
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Parrot  2
Cocoa Woodcreeper  1     HO somewhere in forest
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Mountain Elaenia  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1     + call
Bright-rumped Attila  1     HO in forest
Tropical Kingbird  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Yellow-green Vireo  2
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  1     + song
Rufous-and-white Wren  1     + song
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  5     + song
White-throated Thrush  1     + call
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  8     approx. 1 singing male, very unusual and for me for the first time I hear a Tennessee Warbler song
American Redstart  1
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Red-legged Honeycreeper  5
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1     + song
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Summer Tanager  1     first year male (southern)
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  2     heard more
Thick-billed Euphonia  4     checking out a spot to make a nest
Elegant Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3

Friday, February 23, 2018

respendent Quetzal Boquete Panama

Never get bored with seeing a resplendent Quetzal.

Greetings Terry

Thursday, February 22, 2018

resplendent Quetzales, very active 22th of February 2018

Hello All, this season  I do see a lot of fruit on the trees for the Quetzales and three wattled Bellbirds.
The Quetzales are at this moment pretty active and even I did hear from guest about sightings of nest building.
So here a picture(s) of this morning, a little Quiz (first picture)...where is the bird :) (Click on the pictures to enlarge)
Greetings from Terry