Last night after we finished dinner I could hardly drag myself back to the suite, as I was so tired. We had another wonderful day birding, this time at Lagunas and then Barillas Archeological site, which was reported to National Geographic in 1944. Got lots of birds, which you’ll see below, followed by some photos.
So, as much as I wanted to write my report, I just crawled into bed and let Steve have the iPad to check his email, since I’m the one usually hogging it. It was great getting nine hours of sleep, and after our breakfast we were about to take off, leaving wonderful Cerro Punta, but the rental car would not start. The battery is fine, but something is wrong with the electrical. We had planned to explore by car the Boquete area, since a lot of Canadian and US expats have retired there. Since we’re serious about retiring here and it’s only an hour away it seemed only logical to swing by on our way to the airport in David.
But we need a car in order to do that. Well, one that actually works, so change of plans.
Right now we’re sitting in front of a toasty fire, listening to classical music in the library at Los Quetzales Lodge, where we’ve been staying. (If you’re ever birding in Panama you MUST stay here!) And no better time for me to report yesterday’s birds than right now as we wait for Alamo to come fetch us.
Same drill as previous days. Here’s all our birds we saw yesterday with the bold ones identified as lifers. 105 total and 36 lifers for both Steve and me combined; 39 lifers just for me.
Chiriqui Quail Dove
Violet Sabre Wing Hummingbird
Green Violet Ear Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Wood Nymph (Hummingbird)
Buff-throated Foilage Gleaner
Common Tody Flycatcher
Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher
Blue and White Swallow
White-breasted Wood Wren
Gray-breasted Wood Wren
Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush
Ruddy-capped Nightingale Thrush
White-throated Thrush RARE BIRD! (We got a great look at him through Ito’s scope, but too far for me to get a decent photo.)
Golden-winged Warbler (New for me, but not new for Steve.)
Black and White Warbler
Mourning Warbler (New for me, but not new for Steve.)
Masked Yellow Throat
Common Bush Tanager
Blue Gray Tanager
Scarlet-thighed Ducnis (New for me, but not new for Steve.)
Slaty Flower Piercer
White-naped Brush Finch
Red-crowned Ant Tanager
Ito was an awesome guide for our three full days of birding. I highly recommend him.