Monday, August 31, 2015

31th of August 2015 birding morning in buena vista pacific coast 800 m wow crested Guan

this morning great weather , some clouds some sun and no wind.. a lot of birds and because of the colder temperature there, they were longer active.
Very special and for sure unexpected was the crested Guan, I think there were 2, but could be more.
I did and do love to see the oliveaus Piculet, which is not a bird I see around in Boquete:

and a Pearl Kite:
slaty Spinetail:
scarlet thighed Dacnis:

beautiful scenery:

me and the birds:

purple crowned Fairy:

It was a great morning!
See here the bird list:

Buena Vista, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 31, 2015 7:20 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     cloudy sun no wind
68 species

Crested Guan  2     at least 2 but I think there were more
Cattle Egret  7
Black Vulture  1     did not count, were more
Turkey Vulture  1     did not count were more
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture  1     sitting on a rock in a pasture
Pearl Kite  1     picture on my blog
White-tailed Kite  1
Barred Hawk  1
Roadside Hawk  3
Ruddy Ground-Dove  4
White-tipped Dove  1
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Smooth-billed Ani  2
White-collared Swift  5
Purple-crowned Fairy  1
Garden Emerald  2
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird  1
Crowned Woodnymph (Violet-crowned Woodnymph)  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Olivaceous Piculet  4
slaty Spinetail 1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Yellow-headed Caracara  2
Laughing Falcon  1
Mealy Parrot  2
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper  1
Yellow Tyrannulet  2
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  3
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Boat-billed Flycatcher  4
Gray-capped Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  3
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  2
Golden-collared Manakin  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  2
Blue-and-white Swallow  5
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  2
Plain Wren  2
Clay-colored Thrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tropical Parula  2
Cherrie's Tanager  10     a lot, did not count, more then 10
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Palm Tanager  4
Golden-hooded Tanager  7
Rufous-winged Tanager  5
Bay-headed Tanager  13     more then 13, stop counting
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  5
Red-legged Honeycreeper  3
Green Honeycreeper  5
Blue-black Grassquit  2
Variable Seedeater  6
Bananaquit  6
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Orange-billed Sparrow  2
Blue-black Grosbeak  1
Crested Oropendola  2
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  2
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Spot-crowned Euphonia  3
Lesser Goldfinch  5

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

25th of August, birds on mainland Bocas del Toro

Very early today, I did drive all the way to Bocas del Toro.
I wanted to go to a spot( 1..see above) what I discover on a trip to Almirante, at that moment I did not have tthe time to check it out. Today yes...
Unfortunately when I arrived at 7.15am it was pretty "cold"for Bocas..and I think the birds were cold too.
It was very silent. Did see some...but still, I did stay 1 hour and moved back to the mountains.
rio Guarumo, Bocas del Toro, PA
Aug 25, 2015 7:20 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     cloudy and "cold" (18 C) 
29 species

Neotropic Cormorant  2     fly over
Cattle Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Purple Gallinule  1
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Groove-billed Ani  3
Keel-billed Toucan  2
Laughing Falcon  1     heard
Mealy Parrot  2
Great Kiskadee  2
Tropical Kingbird  5
Red-eyed Vireo  1     very early transient...but very good view on the bird..
Black-chested Jay  5
Bank Swallow  20     even more, lost count... big group swoaring around a big tree on the edge of the river
House Wren  1
Clay-colored Thrush  2
Tropical Mockingbird  2
Passerini's Tanager  4
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Golden-hooded Tanager  5
Blue-black Grassquit  4
Variable Seedeater  1
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Great-tailed Grackle  7
Yellow-billed Cacique  2
Chestnut-headed Oropendola  3
On this spot 2:

I got my reward of getting out of my bed very early and the long drive:

plain brown Woodcreeper:

violaceous Trogon (female) on a trees enough?
couple of short billed Pigeons:
suddenly two keel billed Toucans flew in ,always a pleasant surprise:

Adult long tailed Tyrant:

Immature long billed Tyrant: (there were 2)
black cheeked Woodpecker:

Green Hermit:
in between alto  del valle and Willy Mazu, Ngäbe-Buglé, PA
Aug 25, 2015 9:10 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
38 species

Swallow-tailed Kite  3
Short-billed Pigeon  3
Green Hermit  1     at Willy Mazu next to the river
Gartered Trogon  1
Yellow-throated Toucan  3     (chestnut mandibled?)
Keel-billed Toucan  2
Black-cheeked Woodpecker  3
Smoky-brown Woodpecker  1
White-crowned Parrot  1     fly over
Rufous-rumped Antwren  2     in a mixed flock
Dot-winged Antwren  5
Plain-brown Woodcreeper  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Rufous-browed Tyrannulet  2     not the first time I see them there
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Long-tailed Tyrant  3
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  2
Tropical Kingbird  3
White-ruffed Manakin  1
House Wren  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Golden-crowned Warbler  1     in a mixed flock, (Willy Mazu)  very good view on him, know this bird very well...
Passerini's Tanager  3
Golden-hooded Tanager  2
Plain-colored Tanager  1
Blue Dacnis  1
Green Honeycreeper  1
Blue-black Grassquit  3
Thick-billed Seed-Finch  2
Variable Seedeater  2
Dusky-faced Tanager  2
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  1
Scarlet-rumped Cacique  1
Montezuma Oropendola  2
Olive-backed Euphonia  1
And after that just a short check on the divide...

 Camino de la Divisoria Continental, Ngäbe-Buglé, PA
Aug 25, 2015 11:35 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     cloudy  but a nice small mixed flock  
16 species

Black-breasted Wood-Quail  1     heard a group
Bat Falcon  1     fly over
Tropical Kingbird  1
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  3
Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush  1     heard
Tropical Parula  1
Slate-throated Redstart  1
Passerini's Tanager  3
Palm Tanager  5
Golden-hooded Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  1
Bananaquit  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  1     heard
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Ashy-throated Chlorospingus  2
Common Chlorospingus  3

Saturday, August 22, 2015

early morning in Dolega area 259m/850ft..first Louisiana Waterthrush (transient probably)

5 AM my eyes opened, ready to go.. warmer area..Dolega area...10 minutes from David.
I did discover a new birdspot, I wanted to check it out and so I did..had to wait a little bit, because it was still dark.
I spooked a bus driver, he thought I was a dead person, poor guy...
After 10 minutes it was light and the people and birds came out more..
The first bird was a Turkey Vulture , he was still resting in a tree...then very soon buff throated Saltators and blue gray Tanagers in a cecropia tree for breakfast.
I did wait a little was somewhat silent and went to a place very close by where scattered trees and meadows were..little stream...cows...better area for this morning.
It was a great morning...
Did see the first Louisiana Waterthrush!
This Smooth billed Ani was Sunbathing, cool sight...
This white winged Becard catched a big butterfly..I never did see an eyering , this one had one...immature?
this lineated Woodpecker was doing a warming up...
Panama Flycatcher

Dolega district, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 22, 2015 5:50 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)

55 species

Great Blue Heron  1     fly over
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Roadside Hawk  3
Pale-vented Pigeon  2
Ruddy Ground-Dove  4
White-tipped Dove  2
Striped Cuckoo  1
Groove-billed Ani  5
Vaux's Swift  5
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Blue-crowned Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  7
Lineated Woodpecker  2
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Orange-chinned Parakeet  6
Red-lored Parrot  5
Brown-throated Parakeet  13
Crimson-fronted Parakeet  6
Yellow Tyrannulet  1
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet  1
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Lesser Elaenia  2
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Panama Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  2
Tropical Kingbird  5
Masked Tityra  2
White-winged Becard  1
Lesser Greenlet  1
Blue-and-white Swallow  3
House Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Plain Wren  1
Clay-colored Thrush  11     more then 11, lost count
Tropical Mockingbird  2
Louisiana Waterthrush  1     first one this migration
Buff-rumped Warbler  2
Cherrie's Tanager  1
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Palm Tanager  5
Red-legged Honeycreeper  2
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater  1
White-collared Seedeater  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  1
Buff-throated Saltator  5
Black-striped Sparrow  1
Eastern Meadowlark  3
Great-tailed Grackle  50     fly over from roosting place , lost count
Crested Oropendola  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  3
Lesser Goldfinch  2

Thursday, August 20, 2015

20th of August 2015 some bird news of the last days

Wow it was a busy last week. Today the last guest checked out
 ( )  ...time to clean our house, work in the garden and some birdwatching of course.
I managed to do some bird watching in between our work, down loaded my list on e bird. (  )

This week our Tulip tree finally blooms. We planted the tree around the 10 years ago. Last year we had some flowers, but not a lot...this year!! beautiful...and what is nice , since a long time we have a small group of crimson backed Tanagers in our garden , yes!

The last 3 nights we have a bunch of tropical screech Owls making a lot of noice...probably a issue about territory.

This counts also for the blue crowned Motmots, yesterday I did see 5 flying behind eachother in the forest, beautiful sight.

Still a nest with immatures of the orange billed nightingale Thrush next to our house.

I did see on 2 places a rufous tailed Hummingbird collecting nest material...we have a almost rainless , sunny (non)wet season. A lot of flowers, so plenty of food , why not making more Hummingbirds!

Yesterday 2 young clay colored Thrushes were a kind of (trying out) singing in the tree.

A few days ago 2 immatures buff throated Saltators flew out the nest.

And since  4 days ago we have big groups of yellow green Vireo's coming through(transients)... it feels like January Summer in Panama .

A family of yellow headed Caracara's are very loud, 2 immatures getting fed by the parents..what a noise they make...

Everyday a huge group of blue headed Parrots eating their stomach full in our coffee farm, lot of fruit in the trees and of course ...the white faced Capuchin Monkeys, Olingo's and Kinkajous are very happy too!

We are irrigating the pastures for the horses, this morning I did count 14!! clay colored Trushes in the pasture..looking for worms. This picture was taken from the other site of the valley looking to our farm.

I am looking forward to have some more time for the birds!
Now we are going into the time of migration!!!!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

13th of August 2015, day off, nice hike, nice birds

Hans and I were invited by a friend to go to the top of one of the mountains on his farm. He has a need little car to drive up for a bit and the plan was to hike to the top and walk down..without the sound of the little car.
Pretty high up until around the 3000 meters high.
Beautiful area... we love it.
I think I did see a Vulcano Junco, but he flew in behind my back , when I looked behind me , he flew...not enough sight to see if he really was there, but the shape  was correct.
Some birds.. good view on the Adult Ornate Hawk real life not on the picture.
She or he had a prey and the immature was also asking , it was a great show...
Here the Immature ornate Hawk Eagle:
collared Trogon Female
                                                              collared Trogon Male
Fiery throated Hummingbird
short billed Pigeon
beautiful nature
on the top of the mountain we did see the top of Volcan Baru , very cool!
cerro Copete, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 13, 2015 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     from 1750m to the top of Cerro Copete at 2,950 meters
48 species

Turkey Vulture  3
Black Hawk-Eagle  2
Ornate Hawk-Eagle  2
Band-tailed Pigeon  10
Short-billed Pigeon  1
Green Violetear  1
Magnificent Hummingbird  2
Fiery-throated Hummingbird  2
White-throated Mountain-gem  1
Orange-bellied Trogon  1     heard
Collared Trogon  2     feeding on small fruit
Emerald Toucanet  1     blue throated Toucanet
Acorn Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  5
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  2
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper  1
Buffy Tuftedcheek  3
Lineated Foliage-gleaner  2
Streak-breasted Treehunter  1
Spotted Barbtail  1
Tufted Flycatcher  1
Yellowish Flycatcher  2
Three-wattled Bellbird  5     heard more
Yellow-winged Vireo  3
Brown-capped Vireo  1
Silvery-throated Jay  2
Ochraceous Wren  3
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  2
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush  1     heard
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  1     heard
Mountain Thrush  2
Tropical Mockingbird  1
Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher  3
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  13
Flame-throated Warbler  1
Black-cheeked Warbler  2
Golden-crowned Warbler  1
Slate-throated Redstart  2
Collared Redstart  2
Peg-billed Finch  1
Sooty-capped Chlorospingus  3
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  2
Large-footed Finch  5
Yellow-thighed Finch  1
White-winged Tanager  2
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  2

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

5th of August 2015, short cloud forest birding, again western Pewee

5th of August 2015, while Hans  is doing a coffee tour with a group of enthoussiastic Dutch people, I had the chance to walk up the hill in Palo Alto , nearby the coffee farm(Kotowa) and did some birding , after a bit of birding , I was helping him with cupping the coffee. So this morning I was in 2 different worlds..the bird world and coffee world..not a bad combination...

Again a western Pewee...looking at me...

And this female yellow bellied Seedeater was staring at me...

this sneaky sulphur winged Parakeet was also checking me out..

Also a beautiful area, today windy. Mostly not the best birding area, but the scenery is great.

The list...
Palo Alto, nearby finca Kotowa, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 5, 2015 9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
34 species

Black Vulture  2
Scintillant Hummingbird  2
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  22
Mountain Elaenia  2
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Gray-capped Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  1
Brown-capped Vireo  4
Blue-and-white Swallow  5
House Wren  2
Plain Wren  3
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Mountain Thrush  3
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Tropical Mockingbird  2
Flame-throated Warbler  1
Tropical Parula  1
Slate-throated Redstart  2
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  11
Variable Seedeater  1
Yellow-bellied Seedeater  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  1
Streaked Saltator  1
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch  2
White-naped Brush-Finch  2
Common Chlorospingus  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Bronzed Cowbird  6
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  3
Lesser Goldfinch  2

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

birding with my dog Spot and 2 western Pewee's 4th of August 2015

So nice to go out on a beautiful early morning with my dog Spot, he really get's it now.
He is patience and know that it is a serious thing...

I did go to our other farm in Boquete (27 hectare) and today it was Summer and a lot of great birds to see!
When we bought our farm 18 years ago, it was mostly, like our neighbours still have , meadow for the cows. But we left it there and the forest is coming back, really nice.
A lot of Oak trees and the Acorns were on the ground.
Mmm some parts get really closed in by the forest, this was a great birding area though;
This is the view from one of the areas on our farm:
2 western Pewee's ...beginning of the migration!

On the way back a lot of immature and molting blue and white Swallows, all brushing their feathers...

And of course the bird list of this "wauw" morning
finca Potoo, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 4, 2015 6:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
45 species

Stripe-throated Hermit  2     singing in leks 2 seen , heard more
Slaty-capped Flycatcher  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Western Wood-Pewee  2     first two transients !
Bright-rumped Attila  1
Great Kiskadee  2
Boat-billed Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  2
Lance-tailed Manakin  2
White-winged Becard  2
Yellow-green Vireo  1
Lesser Greenlet  4
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  2
Black-chested Jay  3
Blue-and-white Swallow  20     more then 20
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  3
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Plain Wren  3
Tropical Gnatcatcher  3
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  3
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  1
Tropical Parula  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  6
Three-striped Warbler  2
Crimson-backed Tanager  1     see them regular here on the farm, not in huge amounts, but they are here
Cherrie's Tanager  1
Bay-headed Tanager  7
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  4
Red-legged Honeycreeper  5
Blue-black Grassquit  5
Variable Seedeater  2
Yellow-bellied Seedeater  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  4
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  1
Orange-billed Sparrow  7     they were spread out over the trail, but very easy to see, very active today
Black-striped Sparrow  2
White-naped Brush-Finch  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  2
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  4

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Monday, August 3, 2015

again a ornate Hawk Eagle immature , but in flight , nice cloud forest birding this morning 3th of August 2015

another trip , this time location in the Bajo Mono, goal for the birders, three wattled Bellbird, they were there... and a lot of Immatures. Happy birders and they enjoyed the other birds too....
My pictures are not good , so a kind of boring  story in that way.
But check out my blog story of yesterday, enough pictures there.
Nice breeze, in some areas too windy, but we did go to the areas without wind...
The nice ornate Hawk Eagle was flying around and a red tailed Hawk , great!
Probably the same  immature ornate Hawk Eagle  like last time...well I can cheer up this blog by putting my picture that I took a few weeks ago in the same area...

Bajo Mono, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 3, 2015 7:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 kilometer(s)
57 species

Black Vulture  7
Turkey Vulture  1
Ornate Hawk-Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  20     20+
Short-billed Pigeon  1     heard
Ruddy Ground-Dove  2
Green Violetear  4
White-throated Mountain-gem  1
Scintillant Hummingbird  2
Violet Sabrewing  5
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  1
Orange-bellied Trogon  1     heard
Acorn Woodpecker  6
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Barred Parakeet  5
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  7
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  1     heard
Spotted Woodcreeper  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Lineated Foliage-gleaner  1     heard
Red-faced Spinetail  1
Mountain Elaenia  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Dark Pewee  1
Social Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  1
Three-wattled Bellbird  6     heard more, big group, lot of male immatures  try to make the  call
Brown-capped Vireo  3
House Wren  4
Ochraceous Wren  2
Plain Wren  2
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  1     heard
Black-faced Solitaire  1
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  1     heard
Mountain Thrush  6
Clay-colored Thrush  3
Tropical Mockingbird  2
Flame-throated Warbler  2
Black-cheeked Warbler  2
Three-striped Warbler  4
Slate-throated Redstart  4
Cherrie's Tanager  1     from the car in Bajo Mono road
Blue-gray Tanager  2     from the car Bajo mono road
Silver-throated Tanager  3
Slaty Flowerpiercer  1
Variable Seedeater  1     female from the car bajo mono road
Yellow-bellied Seedeater  1     from the car bajo mono road
Yellow-faced Grassquit  4
Rufous-collared Sparrow  10     10+
Common Chlorospingus  2
Flame-colored Tanager  4
White-winged Tanager  2
Great-tailed Grackle  2     from the car bajo mono road
Elegant Euphonia  1
Yellow-bellied Siskin  4

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exploring around Caldera (district Boquete) 2th of August 2015

Hans and I decided to go out after a few weeks of hard work, just to chill  and yes see some birds...
High in the mountains it was rainy (again"Summer weather , wind from north) so then in lowerland mostly very nice late afternoons.still 28 degrees C around Caldera..at5pm
Not too much birds, but it was great to have a mini vacation...
Starting with an Amazon Kingfisher(little bit too much sun on him...)

and a pair of variable Seedeaters feeding little ones in the nest..

Together with a cup of coffee and beautiful nature and a nice was a great late afternoon..

Barrigon, Chiriquí, PA
Aug 2, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 kilometer(s)
33 species

Little Tinamou  1
Gray-headed Chachalaca  7
Cattle Egret  15
Black Vulture  3
White-tailed Kite  1
Roadside Hawk  1
Pale-vented Pigeon  2
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove  2
Ruddy Ground-Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  2
Smooth-billed Ani  3
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  4
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  6
Amazon Kingfisher  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Brown-throated Parakeet  11
Yellow Tyrannulet  1
Lesser Elaenia  1
Panama Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  1
Social Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  3
Black-chested Jay  5
Gray-breasted Martin  3
House Wren  2
Clay-colored Thrush  2
Tropical Mockingbird  3
Rufous-capped Warbler  1
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Variable Seedeater  2
Buff-throated Saltator  1
Black-striped Sparrow  1

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