Tuesday, April 19, 2016

16,17 and 19th of April 2016

Today 19th of April 2016...finally a big rain shower on the farm.
A lot of nesting birds, singing birds.A nice time to be outside and have that "spring feeling"
This morning I did go to an lower altitude area (700m) where it rains more in the dry season, so still green fields.
It was a great birding morning on my own.
Last Sunday I did go high up in the mountains, the day before I was with other birders on the same trail (see list down below).. it was slower.
I love to be on that trail, I brought my dog, he is getting such a good  birdwatcher dog. He stayed behind or next to me and every time when I make a step, he is doing that too.
I was standing next to the river and thought...it is been ages that I did see a green fronted Lancebill..and as these thoughts were going through my mind...he was there! Catching flies above the river.
Sweet!  You can also watch a small video on Tinamou  cottage Facebook 
A good morning...
Sendero Culebra, Chiriquí, PA
Apr 17, 2016 7:30 AM - 10:45 AM
1.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     partly cloudy
42 species

Highland Tinamou  1     heard
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Green-fronted Lancebill  1
White-throated Mountain-gem  2
Violet Sabrewing  1
Resplendent Quetzal  2
Prong-billed Barbet  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo  1     heard
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper  1
Streak-breasted Treehunter  1
Spotted Barbtail  1
Ruddy Treerunner  1
Red-faced Spinetail  2
Mountain Elaenia  5
Three-wattled Bellbird  1
Yellow-winged Vireo  2
Brown-capped Vireo  1
Blue-and-white Swallow  3
Ochraceous Wren  2
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  2
American Dipper  3
Black-faced Solitaire  2
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush  2
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  1
Swainson's Thrush  7
Mountain Thrush  8
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  3
Tropical Parula  1
Black-cheeked Warbler  4
Slate-throated Redstart  2
Spangle-cheeked Tanager  3
Silver-throated Tanager  4
Common Chlorospingus  2
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  1
Rufous-collared Sparrow  3
Yellow-thighed Finch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  5
Black-thighed Grosbeak  2
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  8
This morning (19th of April)  I did see great birds...my highlight was the yellow throated Euphonia... I did see him in a huge tree...I was eating my apple and was staring at him... first lazy...I thought it was a thick billed Euphonia...but then I thought the yellow patch on his head was smaller and then the call he made...mmm...Binoculars...that is not a thick billed...that is a yellow throated Euphonia. At home I did check all the sound tapes and yes  a correct ID, great. Not a new bird for me...but a bird that I did not expect to see him  there.
Quit a bit of Migrant Flycatchers, here a cute  yellow bellied Flycatcher:
, a lot of Barn Swallows and the HUGE amount (like on our farm) of Swainson's Thrushes.
A good list this morning...
palma real, Chiriquí, PA
Apr 19, 2016 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM
0.4 kilometer(s)
Comments:     first hour cloudy after that sunny..warm..open field and dense jungle
77 species (+1 other taxa)

Little Tinamou  1
Cattle Egret  3
Black Vulture  3
Ruddy Ground-Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  4
Groove-billed Ani  3
White-collared Swift  5
Stripe-throated Hermit  2
Garden Emerald  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Gartered Trogon  1
Collared Trogon  1     heard
Red-crowned Woodpecker  3
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Laughing Falcon  1
Orange-chinned Parakeet  7
Brown-throated Parakeet  2
Barred Antshrike  3     2 heard 1 seen
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Yellow Tyrannulet  2
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  2
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3     with song
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Willow Flycatcher  1     and song
Bright-rumped Attila  1
Great Kiskadee  1
Social Flycatcher  1
Streaked Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  3
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  2
Masked Tityra  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Yellow-green Vireo  4
Black-chested Jay  1
Southern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Gray-breasted Martin  2
Barn Swallow  50     prob more, huge group
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Stripe-breasted Wren  1     and song
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  3
Swainson's Thrush  30     seen at least 20, heard much more, they were everywhere
Clay-colored Thrush  2
Mourning Warbler  2
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
White-lined Tanager  1
Cherrie's Tanager  3
Crimson-backed Tanager  3     in a group with Cherrie's Tanagers
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Golden-hooded Tanager  3
Green Honeycreeper  2
Blue-black Grassquit  2
Thick-billed Seed-Finch  1
Variable Seedeater  3
White-collared Seedeater  1     and song
Bananaquit  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  4
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Orange-billed Sparrow  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Great-tailed Grackle  2
Crested Oropendola  2
Chestnut-headed Oropendola  1     singing all alone
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  2
Yellow-throated Euphonia  1     Only 1 male,  smaller yellow crown then the thick billed . And I was confused because of the call, I know the thick billed very good and this bird was for sure different. I had a good view on him. Later at home I listened to a lot of calls of both birds..thick billed and yellow throated  Euphonia, I am sure of my ID. Unfortunately no picture. I hope to go back soon...

Bajo Mono, Chiriquí, PA
Apr 16, 2016 7:15 AM - 8:25 AM
Comments:     partly clouds

Black Vulture  
White-tipped Dove  
Long-billed Starthroat  
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  
Red-crowned Woodpecker  
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  
Lesser Elaenia  
Mountain Elaenia  
Blue-and-white Swallow  
House Wren  
Swainson's Thrush  
Clay-colored Thrush  
White-throated Thrush  
Slate-throated Redstart  
Cherrie's Tanager  
Blue-gray Tanager  
Silver-throated Tanager  
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  
Red-legged Honeycreeper  
Blue-black Grassquit  
Variable Seedeater  females
Yellow-faced Grassquit  
Buff-throated Saltator  
White-naped Brushfinch 
Flame-colored Tanager  
Bronzed Cowbird  
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  
Thick-billed Euphonia  
Lesser Goldfinch  

Sendero Culebra, Chiriquí, PA
Apr 16, 2016 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Comments:     partly cloudy

Black Vulture  
White-throated Mountain-gem  female
Emerald Toucanet  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Buffy Tuftedcheek  
Spotted Barbtail  
Ruddy Treerunner  
Red-faced Spinetail  
Mountain Elaenia  
Dark Pewee  
Brown-capped Vireo  
House Wren   
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  
Black-faced Solitaire  
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  
Swainson's Thrush  
Mountain Thrush  
Clay-colored Thrush  
Slate-throated Redstart  
Collared Redstart  
Spangle-cheeked Tanager  
Silver-throated Tanager  
Yellow-faced Grassquit 
Common bush Tanager 
Rufous-collared Sparrow  
Black-thighed Grosbeak  
Elegant Euphonia  
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  
Lesser Goldfinch 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

3th of April to 11th of April 2016 suddenly in between the Dutch birds

Unfortunately I had to go suddenly to Holland. My Dad passed away..what a horrible and sad experience.
In between all the sad activities, I did go out to see some Dutch birds and yes they do cheer me up...
Of course like in Boquete (Panama) the birds are migrating , coming through and are coming back, singing, nesting.
The day that I arrived, I did go with my brother in law to see the Spoonbills.(Lepelaars)
It was a very beautiful evening and my brother in law knew that I would enjoy that very much and it did push away a little bit the sad unreal feelings...
As you see on the pictures, you understand...this was the best therapy that I could have..(although being with my family was nice too...sorry guys xx)

 I have the idea that the colony grows each year and the special part is , it is a mixed colony with great blue Herons along the highway, but on the other side a nice area with river, trees, meadows.

 When there was a little bit time I did go on the bike or just have a little walk behind the house of my sister.
There is at this moment a spot where a Coot(Meerkoet),great horned Grebe (Fuut) and a pair of Mute Swans (Knobbelzwanen) have their nests...very special.Also it is very close to a big area where people live, dogs run around..amazing how birds can adjust  .
Very nice was also the people who stopped and did take pictures and were chatting about  this event.
I did have nice conversations.
I did notice a black Crow(zwarte kraai) and later a Jackdaw (Kauw) with white feathers. I do see that more and more .(Leucism)

Friday 8th of April I did go on my bike to the Kennemer duinen. In this time of year the leaves are not on the trees yet, some trees and bushes  did have a little bit. But that means that bird watching is much easier and of course the birds are making much more sounds.

I did start with cloudy weather and after a few hours  the sun came through the clouds and the birds started to be even more active. I was standing in an area where last year people from the national park changed the area into the Dunes of the early days...means some swampy areas, brushes with sand areas and small lakes...well it works...I did see in total 9 Bluethroats (Blauwborsten) doing their song  and displays (balts) and many many other birds.Maybe some of them were still migrating , but I did have the feeling that they were very happy there.

The only migrant that I was hoping to see was the Nightingale, but they were not back yet. These migrant birds were back. Northern Wheatear (Tapuit)...much more then last year. They make their nest in Rabbit holes...I did see more Rabbits then last year.(yeah!)
Stonechat (Roodborsttapuit)
Blackcap (Zwartkop) and Common Redstart (gekraagde Roodstaart) .
And of course the "Dutch" birds... (see also my list down below)
Hedge accentor (Heggemus), a very nice display (balts)

 Woodlark (Boomleeuwerik) singing his song:
And around  one of the new small lake a nice little ringed Plover (kleine Plevier)
I was happy  to meet some other bird watchers, they also confirmed that it was the little ringed Plover.
A small yellow eye ring ..beautiful...it was too far away to get it in the picture.(You can click on pictures to see the bird "bigger")
And I did see a lot of Goldcrest (Goudhaan):
On my last day in Holland I did see the first Sedge Warblers (Rietzangers)...migrants, nearby my sisters house in Velserbroek.

Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, NL
Apr 8, 2016 9:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     First clouds after 2 hours sunny no wind from the entrance Duin en Kruidberg to  beginning  of Birdlake (vogelmeer)
44 species

Graylag Goose  3  Grauwe Zwaan
Canada Goose  5   
Mute Swan  2     Knobbelzwaan
Mallard  2     Wilde eend
Tufted Duck  8    Kuifeend
Little Grebe  2     Dodaars
Great Cormorant  50     At least 50 colony  aalscholvers
Gray Heron  2     Blauwe reiger
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier  2     Two together in between the 2 buzzards, also confirmed because of the sound they did make in flight. Dutch name bruine kiekendief
Common Buzzard  4     Probably 2x the same pair of Buizerds dutch name
Eurasian Coot  6 Meerkoet
Northern Lapwing  4 Kievit
little Ringed Plover  1 Kleine Plevier
Great Spotted Woodpecker  1 grote bonte Specht
Eurasian Green Woodpecker  1 Groene Specht
Eurasian Hobby  2     Boomvalk  a pair.?
Eurasian Jay  2     One imitating the call of a buzzard  vlaamse gaai
Eurasian Magpie  3     Ekster
Carrion Crow  5     Zwarte kraai
Sky Lark  3    Veldleeuwerik Song and flight and searching for food on the ground
Wood Lark  1  Boomleeuwerik
Barn Swallow  5     High in the sky boeren zwaluw
Eurasian Blue Tit  7     Pimpelmees
Great Tit  5     Koolmees  probably more
Long-tailed Tit  4 Staartmees
Short-toed Treecreeper  2 Boomkruiper
Eurasian Wren  1  Winterkoning
Goldcrest 7   Goudhaan
Willow Warbler  1     Heard more  Fitis
Common Chiffchaff  2     Tjiftjaf heard more
Eurasian Blackcap  2     1 heard 1 seen Zwartkop
European Robin  3
Bluethroat  9     Just before "vogelmeer" when the sun came out the birds were very active..blauwborst... I never did see so much Bluethroats in this area. They did change the area in original state...maybe that will work out!!!
Common Redstart  1     Gekraagde Roodstaart  song also
European Stonechat  2  Roodborst Tapuit
Northern Wheatear  2     Tapuit
Eurasian Blackbird  3 Merel
Song Thrush  3 Zanglijster
European Starling  1  Huismus
Dunnock  7  Heggenmus
White Wagtail  4     Witte kwikstaart
Meadow Pipit  2     Graspieper song
Tree Pipit  1     Boompieper also singing and flight, I think I did see more, but it was too far for a good id...treepipit or meadow pipit
European Goldfinch  3  Putter

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28817199
And more checklists  on Ebird..go to the Netherlands.From 3th of April to 11th of April 2016


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Update 13th of April 2016 ...22th of March 2016 new bird on the farm..Cerulean Warbler and more ...

22th of March 2016, this story I did update it with my list of 13th of April
unfortunately not spotted by me on the farm  but by guests of Tinamou cottage..this is what Laura wrote on E bird.
Cerulean Warbler (fortunately for them)
Adult male. Actively foraging with mixed flock of birds. Bright blue-gray bird with streaking along flanks. White below with a black line across lower throat area. Also, two wide white wing bars noted. Bird was observed several times over the course of about 10 to 15 minutes.

I did go and check, but well no Cerulean Warbler for me, but other migrants, still not too much on that day and the days after I must say , the slowest time ever according the migrant birds coming through.
We did have above Boquete huge amount of big groups of Hawks, comparing with former years  I must say I never did see such huge groups in Boquete like that I /we experienced before.
And we did experienced  a few times hunting migrant  Hawks in our garden..such as broad winged Hawk, Swainson's .
So in that way it is totally different  then the Warblers.
Maybe the shortage of rain and insects.
I could not see on other  Panama area lists of other birders a big amount of migrant Warblers.
As I write this blog, the 12th of April 2016...I did see yesterday still the Ovenbirds "walking" in the forest and I do see and hear quit a bit of Swainson's Thrushes and some migrant Flycatchers. All around our water area, the river and creek and in various berry trees
I will keep my eyes open...   this eastern Wood Pewee was singing..fortunately, so that was a easy ID:
 These Swainson's Hawks above our farm, are probably already "home", took this picture on the 23th of March 2016:

So in the meantime I will enjoy the big amount of songs  and activity of all "our"birds here, this is a very nice time to be in Boquete... Panama.
The list of this morning:

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Apr 13, 2016 8:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:     sun, light breeze 
54 species

Black Vulture  15     mixed in a migrating group of Swainson's Hawks
Turkey Vulture  5
Swainson's Hawk  150
Scaled Pigeon  1     song and seen
Blue Ground-Dove  1
Stripe-throated Hermit  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Blue-crowned Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Lesser Elaenia  1
Mountain Elaenia  5
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Bright-rumped Attila  1
Tropical Kingbird  1     heard
Lance-tailed Manakin  7
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Yellow-green Vireo  7
Black-chested Jay  2
Blue-and-white Swallow  5
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Plain Wren  1     heard
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  3
Swainson's Thrush  15     heard more, lost count
Clay-colored Thrush  20     more then 20 , heard ..lost count
White-throated Thrush  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2     1 bird partly Summer plumage, other one full Summer plumage
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Crimson-backed Tanager  1     is not rare for this area
Blue-gray Tanager  6
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  1
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  4     1 pair with nest material
Red-legged Honeycreeper  6
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  2
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  1
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Elegant Euphonia  2