Saturday, December 31, 2016

almost 2017

4.30 PM... After a day hard work, side by side on the couch, staring with a cup of tea. Suddenly this magenta throated  Hummingbird (male) far away in the garden on a branch. Quickly a picture .. zoom in .... sip tea ... think ...

Simple life this Hummingbird, sitting, singing on a twig, hoping he is the boss of the garden and that he can convince a nice chickie to get away with having an affair.

I look at my Sweetie, now 40 years together ... phew! healthy and happy ...

Think of my parents, bummer... again the other truth, no parents and yes there are our friends coming in my head, he will die, probably his last Christmas and also another couple in the same situation. And the thinking goes on, while the Hummingbird is still sitting there ... how is it going with the world, that negative in the people, it is so black and white what a lot of people think. Many people get blond and orange hair and think differently, harder ... Oh no that thinking is not good ... Think positive ... then I look at my sweetie ... The Hummingbird is gone, but he is there ...

Have a good and birdy 2017! Greetings Terry

Monday, December 19, 2016

18th of December 2016 Christmas count Volcan Panama

Yes.. this is how my day started on the 18th of December 2016
Wind from north, means summer day.
I was up at 4.30am and ready to go  to Volcan, I can do that in 1 hour from Boquete and so I did.
Was nice to see the other people standing there. I signed myself in to go to Hartmann farm.
Did go there a few Christmas counts. The group was not too big and that is what I like.
The road to Hartmann is always a kind of a challenge... a lot of curves. So I have to pay attention more to the road then to birds. But we did start with some nice Crested Caracara's the road...
One of the members of the group did offer to make the that was great, safes time. So specially the first hour she got almost mental.. because it was raining bird names in her ears!
I think my highlights of the day was to be there with these birders. Nice and relaxed. Great kids!

The birds of the day...that is my "problem" ...I like them all.
Nice was a group of white ruffed Manakins.. 3 females and 1 lucky male.
A nice double toothed Kite last time I did see him was in Bocas del Toro, on the Continental Divide, years ago, so that was nice. (better picture is maybe coming)

But on the way back home, my agenda was to stop have some lunch and see some birds..(and then home and work my butt off) it was hot..but the clouds were there, which was great.. and  I did see quit a bit of birds. A very nice display of a orange collared Manakin
He was pretty busy, it's a miracle that I have him on the picture. The female was hiding good and probably enjoying his dancing moves and funny...odd sound.

No pictures of (yes I admit) my bird of the day... a pair of great Curassow
At first I thought , that they were crested Guans, I do see them there on a regular base. But I thought they were huge and with my binoculars I did see every detail, great. A lifer for me! I did see great Curassow in Tikal, Guatemala...ages ago... 

So that was a great end of a good day! Down below the lists of this day..
Merry Christmas , greetings Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 18, 2016 4:45 AM
Protocol: Incidental
2 species

Tropical Screech-Owl  1     only heard
Common Potoo  1     only heard

Volcan to finca hartmann, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 18, 2016 6:45 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
32.7 kilometer(s)
Comments:     to and from finca Hartmann, 2 hours birding on the farm during traveling a few stops.  sunny.  Yearly Christmas count.
91 species (+1 other taxa)

Little Blue Heron  2
Cattle Egret  25
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  10     prob more
Turkey Vulture  4
Double-toothed Kite  1
Roadside Hawk  3
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Ruddy Ground-Dove  1
Long-billed Starthroat  1
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird  2     nearby the river Chiriquí Viejo (bridge) + song 1 Heard and 1 seen  maybe the same one
White-tailed Emerald  2
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  4     approx
Prong-billed Barbet  1
Fiery-billed Aracari  1
Yellow-throated Toucan  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  4
Smoky-brown Woodpecker  1     heard only
Crested Caracara  3     from car, 10 min outside of town Volcan, towards Hartmann farm
Yellow-headed Caracara  3
Laughing Falcon  2     only heard
Orange-chinned Parakeet  2
Blue-headed Parrot  14     approx
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  12
Olivaceous Woodcreeper  1
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner  1     heard only
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  1
Slaty-capped Flycatcher  1
Paltry Tyrannulet  5     2 seen 3 heard
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1
Eye-ringed Flatbill  1
Yellow-margined Flycatcher  1
White-throated Spadebill  1
Bran-colored Flycatcher  1
Dark Pewee  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  2     1 heard 1 seen
Empidonax sp.  1     Did look like a female white winged Becard, but with gray head and conspicuous 2 brown wing bars
Black Phoebe  1
torrent Tyrannulet 1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2     1 heard 1 seen
Social Flycatcher  1
Gray-capped Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  2
White-ruffed Manakin  7
Lesser Greenlet  2     1 heard 1 seen
Yellow-throated Vireo  5     2 seen  at least 3 heard
Philadelphia Vireo  2
Blue-and-white Swallow  5
Gray-breasted Martin  1
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  3     1 seen at least 2 heard
White-breasted Wood-Wren  2     1 heard 1 seen
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  3     at least 3 only heard
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  12     approx
Mourning Warbler  1
American Redstart  2
Tropical Parula  2     1 seen 1 heard
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  5
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Cherrie's Tanager  12     approx
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Palm Tanager  2
Golden-hooded Tanager  5     approx
Speckled Tanager  4
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  10     approx
Green Honeycreeper  1
Blue-black Grassquit  1     + song
Variable Seedeater  1
Bananaquit  2
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  4
Black-striped Sparrow  1
Orange-billed Sparrow  3     only heard approx
White-naped Brushfinch  1
Summer Tanager  4     approx, heard more
White-winged Tanager  2
Great-tailed Grackle  4
Crested Oropendola  12     approx
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  2
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  2     heard more
Yellow-bellied Siskin  3

rio Majagua, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 18, 2016 1:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:     cloudy
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Little Tinamou  1     only heard
Great Curassow  2     unfortunately no pictures, 2 x very good view through my binoculars, first time in Panama !! for me
Black Vulture  3
Roadside Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Garden Emerald  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1     heard only
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Yellow-headed Caracara  2
Blue-headed Parrot  4
Yellow Tyrannulet  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  1
Orange-collared Manakin  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
swallow sp.  1     group , too high to ID
Rufous-breasted Wren  2
Tropical Gnatcatcher  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1     heard only
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  1
Cherrie's Tanager  3
Blue-gray Tanager  1
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Blue-black Grassquit  2
Thick-billed Seed-Finch  1
Variable Seedeater  2
Bananaquit  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Summer Tanager  1
Indigo Bunting  1     non breeding male
Crested Oropendola  1
Lesser Goldfinch  5

Saturday, December 17, 2016

New bird on the farm...slaty Flowerpiercer

Yes it's been a while that I did post something, but before the high season , we  always have a lot to do. We did have several guests, very nice... all birdwatchers and I did go on my own and with some other birdwatchers on trips. Good birds!
This week we did see the first rainbow and the Summer seems to start now. Today a strong wind from north, means on our farm a lot of birds, because we are in a valley, so protected for the wind. That means while inspecting our trails in the forest, a lot of birds did greet me!
And I did see the female of the slaty Flowerpiercer working on flowers, I had to look a couple of times to be sure...and I am , know this bird very well, but never seen on our farm...
Yes!!! so we can add that one on our  bird list

This male slaty Flowerpiercer was taken by Hans ( alto Chiquero Boquete 1800 m):

Have to move on now..up into the coffee farm...picking coffee!
Greetings Terry

The list of this morning:
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 17, 2016 9:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:     forest.. sunny
43 species

Black Vulture  6
Ruddy Quail-Dove  1
Common Pauraque  1     on trail.. yesterday evening song at dawn
Lesser Violetear  1
Garden Emerald  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  4
Gartered Trogon  1     only heard
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2     heard only
Blue-headed Parrot  4
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Black-chested Jay  5
Rufous-breasted Wren  1     +song
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Tennessee Warbler  6     approx.
American Redstart  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  1
Buff-rumped Warbler  2     + call
Wilson's Warbler  1
Slaty Flowerpiercer  1     new bird on farm in forest working on flowers
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  1     heard more
Buff-throated Saltator  2
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Summer Tanager  1
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  3
Baltimore Oriole  1
Yellow-crowned Euphonia  2
Thick-billed Euphonia  3
Lesser Goldfinch  2

List of 2 days ago:
Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Dec 15, 2016 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     sun balcony great Tinamou cottage
20 species

Gray-headed Chachalaca  6
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Lesson's Motmot  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  2
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  3
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Bay-headed Tanager  15
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Black-headed Saltator  2
Summer Tanager  1
Golden-browed Chlorophonia  5     approx., prob. more