HUGE day birding today. We’re still in the Chiriqui province near Cerro Punta. Ito took us to Hartman’s Coffee Farm in the area where there are loads of trees. The plantation is the only coffee plantation in the area that grows its coffee using shade of banana and plantain trees. There are loads of other trees on the farm as well.

It was a very active morning due to the very early rain. Speaking of early, we got up at 4:30 this morning so we could meet Ito at 5:30. Good thing we did. It took us an hour to get to the farm and once we got there the sun was just rising and there were birds aplenty.

I didn’t think we could top yesterday’s number, but we easily did. We got 104 birds today, including 55 lifers! Here’s the report and a few photos follow (Lifers are in bold):

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Roadside Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk (first time for me; Steve’s already seen this guy)
Swainson’s Hawk
Barred Forest-Falcon
Yellow-headed Caracara
Rock Dove
White-tipped Dove
Chiriqui Quail-Dove
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
Brown-throated Parakeet
Blue-headed Parrot
Squirrel Cookoo
Vaux’s Swift
Green Hermit Hummingbird
Bronze Hermit Hummingbird
Stripe-throated Hummingbird
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird
Green Violet Ear Hummingbird
Garden Emerald Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Charming Hummingbird
White-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Blue-crowned Motmot (One of my faves! first saw this guy in Belize)
Fiery-billed Aracari
Chestnut Mandibled Toucan
Red-crowned Woodpecker (this is the one Steve saw yesterday and I didn’t, but today I saw him!)
Pale-breasted Spine Tail(I didn’t see this guy, but Steve did)
Ruddy Tree Runner
Lineated Foilage Gleaner
Spotted Woodcreeper
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
Streak-headed Woodcreeper
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
Plain Antvireo
Lesser Elaenia
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Scale-crusted Pygmy-tyrant
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Tropical Peewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher(This was new to me. Steve knows this guy from Canada)
Yellowish Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Social Flycatcher
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Piratic Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Barred Becard
Masked Tityra
Yellow-throated Vireo (New for me, not new for Steve)
Brown-capped Vireo
Blue and White Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Rufous-breasted Wren
House Wren
Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush
Clay colored Thrush
Flame-throated Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black Burnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler (Again, new for me, but not new for Steve.)
Wilson’s Warbler
Buff-rumped Warbler
Gray-headed Tanager
Cheerie’s Tanager(New for me, but old for Steve)
Blue Gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Speckled Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis(Steve saw this, but I didn’t.)
Blue Dacnis
Green Honeycreeper
Buff-throated Saltator
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Yellow-thighed Finch
Orange-billed Sparrow
Sooty-faced Finch
Chestnut-capped Brush Finch
Stripe-headed Brush Finch RARE BIRD! (And I didn’t see it. Steve did. Super bummed.)
Summer Tanager
House Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Great-tailed Grackle
Crested Oropendola
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia
Yellow-throated Euphonia
Elegant Euphonia (This was new to me. Not new to Steve.)
Lesser Goldfinch
Flame-colored Tanager
Cattle Egret
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Plain Chacalaca
Torrent Tyrannulet

And after reviewing photos this evening I showed this photo to Steve to confirm what it was and he can’t ID it. I must have shot this when he and Ito were looking at a tree of warblers. I’ll be showing it to Ito tomorrow, but if anyone has a guess, let me know. I’ll report back tomorrow with the news.

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Here are a few more photos from today:

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