Saturday, October 29, 2016

A hike to the other farm ( finca Potoo)

This morning sunny and I decided to go for a hike... mostly a slow hike and yes I did come back home around 12.30 pm.
The clouds came in around 9 am already, but I kept it dry..what a great morning. Took the dogs, they love that hike. I did start with a nice Summer Tanager and then it did go on and on!!
Our other farm is situated in  a different micro climate and so somewhat different birds to watch.
Like crested Oropendola and Cocoa Woodcreeper (although sometimes they visit our farm (Tinamou cottage) , but only in certain times of the year) and slaty Spinetail and black Phoebe, Meadowlark, Cherries Tanager, American Dipper (the Dipper was new in that area of la Estrella(finca Potoo) , never did see a Dipper there).
This lineated Woodpecker was pecking nearby our farm (Tinamou cottage) where we did start. I did not zoom in , they are absolutely not shy at all.

This Acorn Woodpecker was in a tree behind the lineated Woodpecker, I had to zoom him in... he was in the big Acacia tree where you see the red arrow.
This Meadowlark was singing beautiful, I love their song!
I took this Lark picture 15 minutes after that I took the pictures of the Woodpeckers...I was surrounded by clouds, it amazes me every time how fast that goes ! 
And then this Cherrie's Tanager on our other farm, his red looks great in those clouds!
On the Tinamou cottage farm we don't see Cherrie's Tanagers but Crimson backed Tanagers, but then 2 km further up, you see them everywhere. 
And a nice present was today the two laughing Falcons doing their song...
I took a small video, put it on our Tinamou facebook and Youtube...
My dog Max was not coping well with the song that they did make, you will see on the video :)
Down below you will see the links and the list of today.
Greetings from Terry  laughing falcons and Max
road from Tinamou cottage to finca Potoo, Chiriquí, PA
Oct 29, 2016 7:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     hike, first sun then clouds, but dry.
73 species (+1 other taxa)

Spotted Wood-Quail  2     heard more
Cattle Egret  5
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Roadside Hawk  3
Short-tailed Hawk  1
White-tipped Dove  3
Squirrel Cuckoo  2     + call
Stripe-throated Hermit  1
Long-billed Starthroat  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  6     common in this area
Acorn Woodpecker  5
Red-crowned Woodpecker  4
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Laughing Falcon  2
Brown-throated Parakeet  2
Cocoa Woodcreeper (Lawrence's)  1     common in this area ( la Estrella)
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Slaty Spinetail  1
Yellow Tyrannulet  1
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Black Phoebe  1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Social Flycatcher  3
Tropical Kingbird  2
Lesser Greenlet  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Black-chested Jay  5
House Wren  4
Rufous-breasted Wren  1     only heard song
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Isthmian Wren  2
Tropical Gnatcatcher  1
American Dipper  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  2
Swainson's Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Tropical Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Tennessee Warbler  10     at least 10 , I did not count them after that
Mourning Warbler  1
Tropical Parula  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  1
Cherrie's Tanager  5
Blue-gray Tanager  6
Bay-headed Tanager  1
Silver-throated Tanager  3
Blue-black Grassquit  1
Variable Seedeater  3
Yellow-faced Grassquit  4
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  1     only heard
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Summer Tanager  1
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  2
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

24/25th of October 2016 I love October!

Yes I love October... a lot of people are complaining about rain, well maybe they have to turn themselves into birdwatchers and they will be October fans too!
Mostly in the morning there are clouds sometimes rain, sometimes rainstorms.
Yesterday (24th) suddenly wind from the north and yes rain in the Caribbean (they were complaining about NO rain there) here sun on the farm and we heard the wind but that is more like as  in December/January and February behind the farm, we are situated  in a valley and we don't get the wind, so that is what the birds knew..they were on our farm :) and I was surrounded by them. Loads of migrant birds. Finally groups of Tennessee Warblers, so now migration really starts! Keep my eyes open for rare transients, but all the birds are welcome!of course.

I will add my bird list of yesterday to this blog..see down below. I am sure I did miss a lot of other birds, but  like to ID the migrant Warblers if they are male or female, so that  is "work", especially Warblers are moving a lot and fast. I took some pictures, but  did not go well, blurry and so...  just quit with that and took my time to ID them well.

Very nice was the moment that I did see Tennessee Warblers, flame colored Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, red crowned Woodpecker, rufous capped Warbler  taking a bath in a little stream nearby the stable. I could hide myself and observed them, fun!

In the afternoon Hans and I did go for a ride, checking out the little lake in Estrella, not too much birds, but these gray breasted Martins and blue and white Swallows were fun to observe when they were catching mosquitoes out of the water. And cleaning themselves after that:
We decided to check out the river nearby Paja de sombrero:
Sunny weather  as you see...some cormorants, Cattle Egrets, Amazon Kingfisher and this cool ringed Kingfisher, I took this one through my scoop:

He looks almost not real... :)
It was really quiet everywhere (21 C so not hot weather)....our theory was that the birds did eat so much food that they were already hiding and sleeping. This blue black Grosbeak was just sitting there and staring at us:
And so around 6 pm we were almost back home and decided to stop on the bridge nearby our farm. We did see the Bat Falcon hunting and catching a big bug and there were two Otters !!! The light was good enough to take a small video, but the pictures  were blurry. You can see the video on the Tinamou cottage facebook...
All the cattle Egrets are roosting there like every year...when the whole group is back, like on the picture...the dry season will start soon! 
What a great end of our day, the Otter  and the whole day busy with birds and being in the nature and I had a very nice conversation with this little boy about the Egrets, the clean water of the river and the nice Otters. He is definitely a birdwatcher/nature lover! He did see the play full Otters through my binoculars, wow... that was good! for the Otter video....

Today 25th of October, had to work in the meadow and it was my lucky day..a harpy Eagle flew over, fortunately I did have my binoculars with me and he or she was singing !! No camera or phone with me ...! Auch!
Greetings from Terry

The bird list...:
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Oct 24, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Partly clouds, loads of migration birds came through, coffeefarm\horsestable
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Black Vulture  1
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Lesson's Motmot  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  3
Brown-throated Parakeet  6
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Western/Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Panama Flycatcher  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Philadelphia Vireo  1
House Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  2
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  1
Golden-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Tennessee Warbler  9
Mourning Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  4
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  2     Heard more
Blue-gray Tanager  2
flame colored Tanager 1
Palm Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  3
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  4
Streaked Saltator  2
Summer Tanager  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Baltimore Oriole  2
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1     Heard more
Thick-billed Euphonia  3

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

loads of birds 12th of October 2016

Well I was ready to cut the grass with our machine but when I was feeding the horses... the bird sounds were there . I did try to NOT listen, but I did go home...I took my Binoculars and did go to the meadow and got stuck in between a lot of birds..At around 11 am my husband he shouted from the balcony... COFFEE!!!! well then I dragged myself out of this bird party and drunk my coffee... then it did start to rain, so that makes me that I have to cut grass...tomorrow with my ears and eyes closed :)

Next to the bird sounds...this juvenile lineated Woodpecker was also guilty that I did not cut the grass  this morning:
Two adults were with the juvy... I guess the parents...

Then a lot of migrants came through, like this black burnian Warbler female:
                                            Swainson's Thrush
                                           Wilson's Warbler male:

And this cute yellow olive Flycatcher (our bird) is always around the stable:
I did make a small video, it's on Tinamou cottage Facebook...
The list...
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Oct 12, 2016 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 kilometer(s)
Comments:     cloudy
51 species

Little Tinamou  1     heard
Gray-headed Chachalaca  2
Black Vulture  1     eating a dead Armadillo
Roadside Hawk  1
Gray-cowled Wood-Rail  4     heard at least 2 in forest , seen 2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  5
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  5
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1     +call
Lineated Woodpecker  3     calling
Blue-headed Parrot  5
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Mountain Elaenia  2
Sepia-capped Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1     heard
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1     +call
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     +call
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Social Flycatcher  1
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
House Wren  2
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  4
White-throated Thrush  1
Golden-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
American Redstart  3
Blackburnian Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  4
Wilson's Warbler  3
Blue-gray Tanager  4
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  4
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  3     heard more
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  2
Summer Tanager  2
Flame-colored Tanager  2
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  3
Baltimore Oriole  5
Thick-billed Euphonia  5
Lesser Goldfinch  3

Greetings Terry

Sunday, October 9, 2016

17th of September to 30th of September 2016 birds in the Netherlands

Yes I was ready to see some Dutch birds, this time the last almost 2 weeks in September, beautiful weather, all the time... so a little bit less activity in migration, I think the birds were enjoying the weather as we did...
But still we did see nice birds, stayed this time more in the north of Holland.
The province of Groningen was on our list and we will be back!
We did have a great time there, stayed in a nice B& a very typical Dutch village Garnwerd, nearby all the birding hotspots
Loads of Barnacle Goose  (Brandganzen) around us! Nearby is the "Waddenzee" ( ), very important area! We did spend a lot of time there, also around national park Lauwersmeer . 
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Since I am not so often on the shore, it was great to have all the help of my Husband Hans. I was busy with my bird book, while Hans was telling me the details and put the scoop on the bird... those Ducks and Gulls  and Hawks with all their Winter..summer...1th year.. 2th year...3th year plumage....OMG!

I never did see so much common Buzzards (Buizerds) in Holland as during this trip and also common Kestrels (Torenvalk):
In one field in the National Park we did see 9 Buzzards  in the grass, sitting there and hunting. Here a sign of a catch, he/she was not in the mood for these intestines, I don't blame him/her:

Not only for the Buzzards was a lot of food...for the Starlings, Blackbirds ,Tits etc.. a lot of insects and fruit and berry's.
This blue Tit in the village Garnwerd was just sitting and "burping"
We did also stay in "het land van Maas en Waal" , we know that area very well, because we did live there close by. It is the area in between two rivers..the Maas and the Waal:
Around castle "Doddendael" a lot of protected beautiful nature... the Goldfinches ( Putters) were happy there:

And this is how it has to be...protected land with a lot of flowers...
We did see a lot of Frogs, this green Frog (born last Spring)  was looking for a safe place...
Of course loads of  gray Herons ( blauwe Reigers) and yes also more and more great white Egrets (grote Zilver Reiger) , this year I did see more great white Egrets then former years, they do spread out over the country.
I cannot resist to put this picture of early morning around Castle Doddendael on the 29th of September:
In the center a group of Euresian Spoonbills (lepelaars)  migration..

Then of course we did visit my favorite place ..also because it is in the area where our family lives...
Landje van Gruijters, I knew that they builded a week before a small island in the water for the Avocet (Kluut),  they can breed there.
So now I could see that for myself.. good job!
And it was nice to see the common Snipes (Watersnippen)and much more birds...

Talking about the common Snipes.. we did visit a ring station (excursion) in the Dunes on 24th of September. That was already a long wish of me and it was even better then I was expecting!!!
Such an important work and what an enthusiastic  people over there!
The netting:
They catch the birds in the nets, very respectful ..they check the netting very good so that birds are not "hanging" there a long time. Then they go in small cotton bags and then it is ring time!:  BlueTit..Pimpelmees
 Checking feathers it a first  Also checking how much fat they have... you blow on the breast of the bird and you check the fat, specially for migrant birds very important, they need fat to survive the journey:
But also weigh:
And then fly away!!!
Of course some  pics ...meadow Pipit (Graspieper):
A Robin (Roodborst):
A Reed Warbler (kleine Karekiet):
A Blackcap male (Zwartkop man):
A Blackcap female (Zwartkop vrouw):

European Stonechat(Roodborsttapuit): his Summer plumage is almost gone!

A Chiffchaff (a Tjiftjaf ):

And here they are both... a common Snipe (Watersnip) on the left  and a Woodcock(Houtsnip)

Also fantastic to see them flying away! 
It was a super morning!

We did stay in a B&B in the province Noord Holland..nearby Wormer en Jisperveld  and much more very nice areas ( ), it is very close to Amsterdam, but every time I am amazed how busy the area is, still plenty of birds to see.

In total we did stay 4 nights in B&B Woodsidelodge in Velsen, North of Holland. We did stay there before in former is such a pleasure to see that the area get more and more birds! The habitat is getting better and better...
Also this B&B is close by the coast and so we did go to the "Noordpier" in IJmuiden and check out some Sea birds... sometimes you can bump to some really rare and cool birds over there.
 (for sure after storm..not in our case) Our bird of the day were two Shags(Kuifaalsgolvers), flying over very closeby!!
Some pictures.. Red Knots (Kanoet):
Loads of Turnstones (Steenlopers) and a Oystercatcher (Scholekster):
One Turnstone had a ring, could not see the numbers unfortunately:
Those Gulls...look at these...
                                         There we go again...

                                        Uh I think it is time for a coffee, I start to see funny things...
back in Panama... everywhere I hear and see migrants.. back to Warblers, Euphonias and Hummingbirds!!!
 To check out my bird lists..go to Ebird (region)Netherlands .. 17th to 30th September 2016
Greetings Terry

Some Bird lists in Dutch: Westzaan... (19 Sept. 9.30-10, 19 Sept 18.30-19.30, 21 Sept. 17.30-1900)
Grauwe Gans
witte Kwikstaart
wilde Eend
zwarte Kraai
blauwe Reiger
grote bonte Specht
Turkse Tortel

Around Woodside Lodge Velsen 23 September 2016 9.30-11
Grote Bonte Specht
grote Mantelmeeuw overvlieg
 grauwe Gans overvlieg
Kokmeeuw overvlieg