Wednesday, June 14, 2017

24th of May to 14th of June 2017 back home.. Baby Quetzal story and more immature birds

Hello all!
I cannot believe that we are already back in Boquete, home for almost a month! Time flies!
The first days that we were home was right away working in and around the house and cottages.
May was wetter then the last years and so the plants and weed in the garden did grow a lot. The trails in the forest needed to be cleaned a bit (some fallen trees), not too much, because  a lot of birds were and still are having nests.
As we speak, the Thrushes and other birds are still starting to sing at around 5.50am.Most do have immatures. A lot of birds are very active with food.
We had some great birders as guests in our cottages and with them  I did go out birding.
Also I had the pleasure to guide two somewhat bigger groups of Students , one group from the States and the other group from David city , 25 minutes from Boquete.
Very nice kids and wow!, some great birders and nature lovers...the future!

Fortunately I could follow a pair of Quetzales feeding their immature in a nest. I can be a little bit more open now about that(the immature flew out), also on my E bird report, because I was afraid that it would be to busy  around the nest. Fortunately other guides and visitors were very respectful and kept distance.
The nest was along a normally busier trail and I think that the immature flew out around last Monday( 12th of June).
Last Friday I did see the one immature sticking the head out of the nest after get some fruit and Caterpillar.. he or she dove back quick, but I did took a picture , little bit blurry. (zoomed in)
Sooo cute!
Friday it was tiny, I was surprised that she/he flew out already when I did check the nest out yesterday (13th of June)
Could not see damage (like another Quetzal nest, probably destroyed by a Coati), hope she /he will make it! So many predators...
Some pictures...of the parents and the baby....
                                          Above female Quetzal with Caterpillar
                                          male Quetzal sticking head out of nest
                                           male Quetzal with fruit
                                          and the baby....

Like in Holland, there are still birds who start building a nest. I did see yesterday a  violet Sabrewing (Hummingbird) building a nest.( )  Probably not the first nest this season. And next to our balcony of our house a pair of bay headed Tanagers are building a nest, so that story will come back in my next post! A third nest in our hanging basket of thick billed Euphonia's, in front of the little Tinamou cottage and in the pooring rain two immatures clay colored Thrushes flew out their nest in the palm tree, this late  afternoon.

I was standing in the meadow this morning and everywhere I did hear and see birds flying around with food and did hear immatures calling for food.
Such a nice time of the year!!!
With this picture of a female Sabrewing  on the nest I stop with this post. Down below I will put 2 bird lists, one of today on the farm and 1 of yesterday in cloud forest. Other lists you can find on E bird.
Greetings from Terry

Jun 13, 2017 8:15 AM - 12:20 PM
4.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     clouds and dark, last hour sun
52 species

Spotted Wood-Quail  1     HO
Turkey Vulture  1
Green Hermit  1     + song
Lesser Violetear  2
Magnificent Hummingbird  1
Violet Sabrewing  5  female nest building
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  1
Resplendent Quetzal  4     no immature in the nest anymore, prob flew out after Sunday 11th of June(Sunday morning somebody observed.... still fed by both parents with caterpillars in the morning), was very tiny on Friday 9th of June 2017...see Picture and see also my list of Friday 9th of June 2017
Prong-billed Barbet  1
Acorn Woodpecker  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1     HO
Sulphur-winged Parakeet  4
Slaty Antwren  2
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner  1
Streak-breasted Treehunter  2
Red-faced Spinetail  5
Mountain Elaenia  3
Eye-ringed Flatbill  1
White-throated Flycatcher  1     first sighting on Pipeline trail for me, prob Juvenile, was somewhat streaked on breast, brownish wing bars. After long observation ..I took a picture, was far away so I had to zoom in a bit , 1600m.
Yellowish Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  3     feeding young
Barred Becard  1
Brown-capped Vireo  4
House Wren  3
Ochraceous Wren  2
Isthmian Wren  2
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  2
Black-faced Solitaire  7
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  1
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush  2     + song
Clay-colored Thrush  1     + song
White-throated Thrush  3
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher  3
Black-cheeked Warbler  3
Golden-crowned Warbler  5
Slate-throated Redstart  3
Cherrie's Tanager  4
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Blue-black Grassquit  2     + song
Yellow-faced Grassquit  3
Common Chlorospingus  3
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch  2     heard more songs
Rufous-collared Sparrow  2
White-naped Brushfinch  1
White-winged Tanager  2
Blue Seedeater  2
Bronzed Cowbird  1
Elegant Euphonia  2
Lesser Goldfinch  1

Tinamou Cottage Boquete, Chiriquí, PA
Jun 14, 2017 8:10 AM - 9:20 AM
Comments:     hike in forest crossing meadow, sun
38 species

Little Tinamou  1
Ruddy Ground-Dove  1
White-tipped Dove  1     + song
Common Pauraque  1
Stripe-throated Hermit  1
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  2
Lesson's Motmot  1
Red-crowned Woodpecker  1
Cocoa Woodcreeper  1
Mountain Elaenia  2
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher  1
Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant  1
Yellow-olive Flycatcher  1
Boat-billed Flycatcher  1
Tropical Kingbird  2
Lance-tailed Manakin  1
Yellow-green Vireo  1     heard more
Rufous-breasted Wren  1
Rufous-and-white Wren  2
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush  2
Clay-colored Thrush  2
White-throated Thrush  1
Tropical Parula  1     + song
Rufous-capped Warbler  2
Blue-gray Tanager  2
Bay-headed Tanager  4
Silver-throated Tanager  2
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis  1
Rosy Thrush-Tanager  4     + song
Buff-throated Saltator  2
Streaked Saltator  1     + song
Black-striped Sparrow  1
White-naped Brushfinch  3     recently fledged young
Flame-colored Tanager  1
White-winged Tanager  2
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  3
Thick-billed Euphonia  5
Lesser Goldfinch  3     + song

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