Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Birds birds birds 21th and 22th of February 2017

While I am writing this post , outside it is raining, which is great!! Even thunder..which is unusual for the time of the year. What a weird weather lately. Good Berry year!!! a lot of food for the birds .
They have a lot of energy and so a lot of activity around us. Yesterday I did go together with my dog birding on our other farm (1200 m), it was fantastic. Great weather, although around 9.30am it was getting warm and the birds(and me) did slow down... For me that was time to have coffee at home.
I took the time also to take some pictures...
                                            Masked Tityra:
                                            rufous browed Peppershrike ...2 pictures
                                           zoomed in...

Then today , two English "new" birdwatchers...after today I think they are totally infected with the birdwatchers virus.
First we checked the American Dipper pair, they were still busy building their nest, it's almost ready!
(See my post on 16th of February 2017)

Then in the cloud forest around 1850 m, we did start with a nice female three wattled Bellbird and then it went on and on and on... 
The great part was that they did not have a clue what to expect and so I had to show them the Quetzal  in the book after hearing a Quetzal in flight. What is a Quetzal...lovely!
This is a Quetzal, her first view through the spotting scope... her comment...I never did see such a beautiful bird in my life....

But both birdwatchers (and me) were also crazy of these cute pair of Elegant Euphonia's, busy collecting nest material...
And the great emerald Toucanets were showing off...

And so another day flew as a bird through my fingers...

Greetings Terry (and down below the lists)

finca Potoo, Chiriquí, PA
Feb 21, 2017 6:40 AM - 9:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.7 kilometer(s)
Comments:     sun, fast warming up
75 species (+1 other taxa)

Little Tinamou  1     only heard
Cattle Egret  4
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Scaled Pigeon  1
Ruddy Ground-Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  1
Stripe-throated Hermit  1
Garden Emerald  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  3
Lesson's Motmot  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  3
Yellow-headed Caracara  2
Barred Antshrike  1     + song
Barred Antshrike (Barred)  1
Dusky Antbird  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  2
Yellow Tyrannulet  3
Yellow-bellied Elaenia  3
Mountain Elaenia  2
Common Tody-Flycatcher  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  3
Bright-rumped Attila  1     + song
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  2
Lance-tailed Manakin  2     heard more
Masked Tityra  2
White-winged Becard  1     + song
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  1     + song
Lesser Greenlet  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Yellow-green Vireo  2     heard more singing
Black-chested Jay  3
Blue-and-white Swallow  3
House Wren  2
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  2     +song
Isthmian Wren  2
Tropical Gnatcatcher  1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  2
Golden-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Tennessee Warbler  2
American Redstart  2
Tropical Parula  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  4
Rufous-capped Warbler  5
Buff-rumped Warbler  2     + song
Wilson's Warbler  1
White-lined Tanager  1
Cherrie's Tanager  3
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  6
Red-legged Honeycreeper  5
Variable Seedeater  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  3     heard more
Buff-throated Saltator  3
Streaked Saltator  2
Black-striped Sparrow  4
Orange-billed Sparrow  1
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1
White-naped Brushfinch  4
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Great-tailed Grackle  2
Crested Oropendola  1
Thick-billed Euphonia  3
Elegant Euphonia  5
Lesser Goldfinch  1     heard more

alto Quiel, Chiriquí, PA
Feb 22, 2017 7:20 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 kilometer(s)
Comments:     partly cloudy
53 species

Spotted Wood-Quail  1     heard only song
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Band-tailed Pigeon  2
Short-billed Pigeon  1
White-collared Swift  25     approx
Vaux's Swift  6     approx
Lesser Violetear  3     heard more
Magnificent Hummingbird  2
Scintillant Hummingbird  2
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird  1
Resplendent Quetzal  5 4 males and 1 female
Prong-billed Barbet  1     heard only song, prob more then 1
Emerald Toucanet  3
Acorn Woodpecker  1     heard more
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  8
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper  1
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner  1
Red-faced Spinetail  2
Mountain Elaenia  5
Dark Pewee  2
Boat-billed Flycatcher  2
Tropical Kingbird  1
Three-wattled Bellbird  1     seen 1 female and heard more
Rufous-browed Peppershrike  1     + song
Brown-capped Vireo  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  20     approx +  song
House Wren  1
Ochraceous Wren  1
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  1     heard more then 1
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Mountain Thrush  4
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Tropical Mockingbird  1
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  7
Tennessee Warbler  1     heard more calls high in tree
Mourning Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  3
Slate-throated Redstart  2
Blue-black Grassquit  1
Yellow-faced Grassquit  2
Common Chlorospingus  3
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  2
Rufous-collared Sparrow  1     heard more songs
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Flame-colored Tanager  3
White-winged Tanager  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Elegant Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  3

resplendent Quetzal male in cloud forest Boquete 22th of February 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

love is in the air.....

Hello everybody!
Well we are moving to the March month, it is noticeable.
 On the farm... the clay colored Trushes are starting to sing (and fight over their territory). This morning the first song of the Cocoa Woodcreeper. Tropical screech Owls and little Tinamous are showing themselves more and are more vocal.
The yellow green Vireo's are singing and I do see now pairs of lance tailed Manakins in the forest:

                          The orange billed Nightingale Thrushes are starting to sing....
And also the flame colored Tanagers are pretty active.... 

Last week (16 February 2017) I did encounter in the river Caldera a couple of American Dippers making a nest....
Also took a video, see my last post.
And that same beautiful morning higher up in the mountains , did see a couple of nests of the long tailed silky Flycatchers. I took this picture of this occupied nest....

Yesterday I did go out birding with a very nice couple of  Dutch birders and as we sit in the car, we did see this lovely couple of yellow headed Caracara's . The lady got a present (food)  from the man.
In the beak of the Caracara on the left, you can see the present.(click on the picture) While I was grabbing my other camera, the gift was given... took a picture after.... 

Gosh nice that we are allow to see those love moments💓

Down below a list of yesterday, at this moment the Army Ant swarms are really active in the farm and so yesterday I had to bring some things in the great Tinamou cottage  and yes a big Ant swarm and yes birds all over. Did not have a lot of time, but I did run  to get my camera, took some pictures and yes the first 4 pictures of this post I took from the birds from of the bedroom window. 
Summer greetings from Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Feb 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     from bedroom window great Tinamou cottage, Ant Swarm
20 species

Little Tinamou  1     heard
Ruddy Quail-Dove  1
Violet Sabrewing  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Lesson's Motmot  2
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Ruddy Woodcreeper  1
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1     + call
Lance-tailed Manakin  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Clay-colored Thrush  4
White-throated Thrush  1
Tennessee Warbler  2
Rufous-capped Warbler  1
Black-striped Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1
Flame-colored Tanager  2
White-winged Tanager  1

More lists you can check out...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

busy birding times, last week of January 2017 and first 2 days of February 2017

                              long tailed Silky Flycatcher in Boquete cloud forest

2017 Did start good for us... lost a few pounds, have a "strange" tan of the sun😏😎... with white around my eyes ..because of the Binoculars  and getting to know again very interesting and nice people.
People who have the birds in their heart and they love them very much. Also people who took a lot of pictures, some will see the bird very good, when they are at home in front of their computer, some check out the birds first, enjoy them and then (when the bird is still there) take a picture. Small camera's, HUGE camera's and No camera's.... only binoculars.
Fortunately all the birders that I did meet, were all very patience, specially when they did request to go to the cloud forest higher up in the mountains. In January and February we have to deal with the Summer winds, that is not easy. But we did manage to see great birds.

I did promise in my blog to take more pictures, but when I have a trip with birders,  I am too busy.
But I did go on my own a few times and took some pics and also when I am with a very serious photographers, I take sometimes my camera out and this is the result... I love this picture of the lesser Goldfinch female.... (thanks for the great pointers how to take pictures)
Could not resist to take this picture through my scope of the fiery billed Aracari:
This very nice boat billed Heron (Juv) in Bocas del Toro with my camera.

And then I was in love with the Sooty Thrushes on the Volcan Baru road here in Boquete.
They have very cute calls, love is  in the air already. I even did see one getting nest material (dead grass).
They make nests in high grass.
I did take a video
 A very easy picture of a prong billed Barbet, a group of 3 were sitting a meter in front of us, they are not shy (cloud forest Boquete)

Took a video..

At this moment in Boquete.... A lot of Hummingbirds are having nests or making nests.
The Trogons are more busy and easier to see. And the long tailed silky Flycatchers are busy with nests and display.
On our farm ...did hear and see the violaceous Trogons (Gartered)  male and female today (3th of Febr. 2017), they are still around the  Wasp nest,  did not see that they are busy to make a nest. There is a lot of display and songs
It is busy on the farm with groups of Warblers and Tanagers, out of the wind and we have some fruit trees that are ripe. Also the white faced Capuchin Monkeys do know that. The red legged Honeycreepers and elegant Euphonia's are back after a month of absence. And normal for this time of the year , the golden browed Chlorophonia's are coming for dinner on the farm.

I will add my bird list of 2 days ago of the farm...down below. 
My other bird lists you can find on

Yesterday after that I did bring birdwatchers to Almirante (Bocas del Toro) , drove back home and had a break, half way. I did give myself an hour... I have to be tough for myself 😉
A lot of birds... this keel billed Toucan landed in front of my face. I never get use to this bird, such a cool bird.

And the ringed Kingfishers were flying around and were very loud.
What a paradise... I was and I am in heaven
Greetings  from Terry

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Feb 1, 2017 8:45 AM - 10:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     coffee farm part... sun
52 species

Black Vulture  1
Roadside Hawk  1
White-tipped Dove  1
Squirrel Cuckoo  1
Common Pauraque  1
Long-billed Starthroat  1
Garden Emerald  1
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird  2
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  3
Gartered Trogon  1
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  2
Golden-olive Woodpecker  1     + call
Lineated Woodpecker  1
Yellow-headed Caracara  1
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  1
Mountain Elaenia  1
Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Common Tody-Flycatcher  2
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Panama Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  5
Tropical Kingbird  1     + song
Lance-tailed Manakin  2
Black-chested Jay  2
Blue-and-white Swallow  2
House Wren  1
Rufous-breasted Wren  2
Rufous-and-white Wren  1
Tropical Gnatcatcher  2
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Golden-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Tennessee Warbler  5     prob more/ heard more
American Redstart  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2     male had a lot of chestnut
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Rufous-capped Warbler  4
Wilson's Warbler  1
Crimson-backed Tanager  5
Bay-headed Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  3
Red-legged Honeycreeper  5
Yellow-faced Grassquit  1
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  3
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  2
White-naped Brushfinch  2
Summer Tanager  3
Flame-colored Tanager  1
Elegant Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  5