Thursday, December 29, 2011

29th of December 2011


A beautiful male yellow crowned Euphonia was making a nest down below where he is sitting on the picture. His lover girl is sitting to the left.They built together the nest.

We did start cloudy, but then the sun came...still a lot of wind , but we made it to go to the "windless"spots.
The bird list...2 spots
great Egret
cattle Egret
blue and white Swallow
white collared Swifts
black Vulture
Squirrel Cuckoo
snowy bellied Hummingbird
long billed Starthroat
violet Sabrewing
white tailed Emerald
green violet Ear
resplendent Quetzal in a flash
...Antbird..not possible, very lookalike...antwren...keep my eyes open
dark Pewee
tropical Kingbird
lesser Elaenia
common tody Flycatcher
yellowish Flycatcher
paltry Tyrannulet
house Wren
rufous and white Wren
black faced Solitair
clay colored Thrush
orange billed nightingale Thrush
brown capped Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Tennessee Warbler
golden winged Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
chestnut sided Warbler
bay breasted Warbler
black and White Warbler
American Redstart
summer Tanager
rufous capped Warbler
slate throated Whitestart
yellow crowned Euphonia
silver throated Tanager
blue gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
flame colored Tanager
white winged Tanager
red crowned Ant Tanager
common bush Tanager
buff throated Saltator
variable Seedeater
rufous collared Sparrow
lesser Goldfinch
yellow bellied Seedeater
yellow faced Grassquit
great tailed Grackle
black Guan
tropical Mockingbird

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A windy, sunny... birding day

Today we went with our friends Jeff and Connie for a bird trip.
I did several trips with them in the past and we always tried to find the Quetzal, we saw him , but never good.
Today finally after a while we saw them , male and female on the slope of the Volcano!!!
The birds were hiding, lot of wind and on my spot were we did not have wind...there was a Hawk(I think the same as this week)...a lot of birds but hearing them but see them was a tricky thing today! But we were totally happy today!

The bird list..
Cattle Egret
great blue Heron
ruddy ground Dove
sulphur winged Parakeets
snowy bellied Hummingbird
scintillant Hummingbird
Volcano Hummingbird
white tailed Emerald
resplendent Quetzal
collared Trogons(a group of 5..6, )
blue throated Toucanets(Emerald)
dark Pewee
mountain Elaenia
yellowish Flycatcher
gray breasted Wood Wren
mountain Thrush
yellow winged Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Wilson's Warbler
black and white Warbler
silver throated Tanager
flame colored Tanager
white winged Tanager
common bush Tanager
yellow throated  brush Finch
large footed Finch
blue black Grassquit
yellow faced Grassquit
rufous collared Sparrow
slaty Flowerpiercer

                                          taking pictures of the Quetzales
                                           Male Quetzal on spot 2
                                           Female  Quetzal on spot 2

                                           Emerald Toucanet on spot 1

Monday, December 26, 2011

26 of December 2011

Glorious day today, went with very patient and fun bird watchers out of Scotland  on a trip. On the picture they were spotting a Male Quetzal, fruit is ripe and the Quetzal did make the nice Quetzal sounds. Early for the time of the year.
Sun , out of the wind and a little bit fine Bajareque(drizzel), the birds wwere happy , the birders were happy...Here is the bird list
Cattle Egrets
black Vulture
great black Hawk
ruddy ground Dove
snowy bellied Hummingbird
rufous tailed Hummingbird
scintillant Hummingbird
violet Sabrewing
green violet Ear
white tailed Hummingbird
stripe tailed Hummingbird
red faced Spinetail
resplendent Quetzal
emerald Toucanet
red crowned Woodpecker
tropical Kingbird
black Phoebe
dark Pewee
mountain Elaenia
yellow bellied Elaenia
common tody Flycatcher
barred Becard
black faced Solitair
white throated Thrush
clay colored Thrush
mountain Thrush
brown capped Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
black throated green Warbler
black burnian Warbler
red legged Honeycreeper
slate throated Redstart
three striped Warbler
thick billed Euphonia
silver throated Tanager
flame throated Tanager
cherry Tanager
white winged Tanager
blue gray Tanager
common bush Tanager
yellow throated brush Finch
lesser Goldfinch
yellow faced Grassquit(making a nest)
rufous collared Sparrow
great tailed Grackle
tropical Mockingbird
fork tailed Flycatcher
Cheers!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday 19th of December

Bird list 19th of December...cloudy day in the mountains, sometimes a little sparkle , sometimes the sun.
We went to 3 diferent places in the cloud forest.
Black Vulture
almost sure great black Hawk
cattle Egret
snowy bellied Hummingbird
rufous tailed Hummingbird
green violet Ear
scintillant Hummingbird
white throated mountain Gem (lot of flowers for them in the cloud forest)
red crowned Woodpecker
boat billed Flycatcher
social Flycatcher
tropical Kingbird
mountain Elaenia
yellow bellied Elaenia
common tody Flycatcher
common tufted Flycatcher
rufous Mourner
gray breasted wood Wren
house Wren
plain Wren
black faced Solitair
long tailed silky Flycatcher (the orange berries are ripe!)
ruddy capped nightingale Thrush
orange billed nightingale Thrush
clay colored Thrush
yellow winged Vireo
brown capped Vireo
Wilson's Warbler
black burnian Warbler
American Redstart
golden winged Warbler
Philadelphia Vireo
rose breasted Grosbeak
red legged Honeycreeper
slate throated Redstart
flame throated Warbler
silver throated Tanager
blue gray Tanager
cherry Tanager
common bush Tanager
rosy Thrush Tanager
yellow thighed Finch
yellow throated brush Finch
yellow faced Grassquit
rufous collared Sparrow
blue black Grassquit
great tailed Grackle
black Phoebe
                                             3 very rare Dutch birds....
beautiful sunset high up in the mountains today

Sunday, December 18, 2011

today we went up the vulcano

...not to the top, but half way. Just a nice trip. Saw the Volcano Hummingbird, both male and female.
Made a picture, but well ...a blurry female...
A lot of usual birds...like the elegant Euphonia, golden browed Chlorophonia, Ochraceous Wren, gray breasted Wood Wren and what was nice and a kind of surprise..a whole bunch of Quetzales in love.
It sounded like February!
The sound of "pigeons" (I talk Quetzales) and finally I have it on tape. A male and female where sitting next to eachother and  "talking with each other" was all over the place, this sound. You don't hear it often.
I took a short video from a female Quetzal...she makes the sound , but the male did it also.
video

Well it was a good day, in the afternoon I had to work, could stay there for ever on that mountain. It was good to see my Quetzal friends. Tomorrow a birding trip, hope we will see good birds with 3 Dutch birders.
Unfortunately I did miss the Christmas bird count today...hope next year, but this made my day.
By the way , in my opinion a very early start of the Quetzal hormones!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

new bird on the farm

Yes a new bird on the farm , I will add him to my bird list!
Paltry Tyrannulet!!
Lot of birds on the farm, mixed flocks of Migrants. It is raining already for 3 days, they don't care.
Busy with the Christmas tree out of Nova Scotia...found an old bird nest in it....

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bird trip 10th of December

Always fun to go birding with people who love evertything that they see. It was a beautiful morning , birds were hiding a bit , but we found them on two different places.....

Here is the birdlist....
cattle Egret
black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
white tipped Dove
brown throated Parakeet
snowy bellied Hummingbird
violet ear Hummingbird (blurry picture)
violet Sabrewing
white tailed Emerald
stripe tailed Hummingbird
blue crowned Motmot
tropical Kingbird
social Flycatcher
mountain Elaenia
common tody Flycatcher
dark Pewee

house Wren
rufous and white Wren
black faced Solitair
clay colored Thrush
white throated Thrush
Philadelpha Vireo
Wilson's Warbler
northern Waterthrush
Summer Tanager
Baltimore Oriole
rose breasted Grosbeak
red legged Honeycreeper
flame throated Warbler
golden crowned Warbler
slate throated Redstart
thick billed Euphonia
silver throated Tanager
palm Tanager
blue gray Tanager
flame colored Tanager
white winged Tanager
common bush Tanager
yellow throated brush Finch
chestnut capped brush Finch
black striped Sparrow
variable Seedeater
lesser Goldfinch(female picture)
rufous collared Sparrow
slaty Flowerpiercer
great tailed Grackle
black Phoebe
blue and white Swallow
northern rough winged Swallow
The birdwatchers.....

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Beautiful blue skys...but the birds....

We started and ended with beautiful warm weather, little bit wind...but the birds were hiding!!
The couple that I was with, were happy, I was getting frustrated in myself...but well ...out of my control. I did add just a picture of the nice area and weather and of a tree with the orchids(yellow...little bit blurry...)
Here is the birdlist,  2 areas cloud forest today...
cattle Egrets
black Vulture
broad winged Hawk
white throated mountain Gem
rufous tailed Hummingbird
red faced Spinetail
blue crowned Motmot
red crowned Woodpecker
tropical Kingbird
social Flycatcher
black Phoebe
yellow bellied Elaenia
mountain Elania
tody Flycatcher
paltry Tyrannulet
tufted Flycatcher
yellowish Flycatcher
gray breasted Wood Wren
clay colored Thrush
Philadelphia Vireo
Wilson's Warbler
chestnut sidedWarbler
black throated green Warbler
Baltimore Oriole
red legged Honey creeper
slate throated Redstart
thick billed Euphonia
silver throated Tanager
blue gray Tanager
common bush Tanager
yellow thighed Finch
yellow faced Grassquit
rufous collared Sparrow
lesser Goldfinch
slaty Flowerpiercer
great tailed Grackle

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

rain in the mountains, but we kept it dry

Summer is really here, heavy clouds in the mountains and northern wind... dry and sunny with clouds on our farm and lower land. So up to those areas! We kept it dry and warm.
The birders were staying in Palo Alto , part of Boquete...not the best place to stay in the summer, rain, winds..fortunately for them and me, always places to find dry weather.
Here is the bird list:
1th of December 2011
Turkey Vulture
black Vulture
groove billed Ani
road side Hawk
white tailed Kite praying
yellow headed Caracara in flight
ruddy ground Dove
white tipped Dove in flight
red lored Amazon in flight
red fronted Parrotlet (Palo Alto, Boquete)in flight
garden Emerald
rufous tailed Hummingbird
red crowned Woodpecker
tropical Kingbird
boat billed Flycatcher
black Phoebe
yellow bellied Elaenia
house Wren
clay colored Thrush
white throated Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Philadelphia Vireo
yellow Warbler
red legged Honeycreeper
thick billed Euphonia
blue gray Tanager
orange billed Sparrow
blue black Grassquit
variable Seedeater
lesser Goldfinch
crested Oropendola
great tailed Grackle
gray breasted Martin
blue and white Swallow
northern rough winged Swallow
gray crowned Yellowthroat
tropical Mockingbird
eastern Meadowlark