My first birding century! I got over 100 birds today in Panama.
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):
Short-tailed Hawk (first time for me; Steve’s already seen this guy)
Green Hermit Hummingbird
Bronze Hermit Hummingbird
Green Violet Ear Hummingbird
Garden Emerald Hummingbird
White-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Blue-crowned Motmot (One of my faves! first saw this guy in Belize)
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
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher(This was new to me. Steve knows this guy from Canada)
Yellow-throated Vireo (New for me, not new for Steve)
Blue and White Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush
Clay colored Thrush
Black Burnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler (Again, new for me, but not new for Steve.)
Cheerie’s Tanager(New for me, but old for Steve)
Blue Gray Tanager
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis(Steve saw this, but I didn’t.)
Chestnut-capped Brush Finch
Stripe-headed Brush Finch RARE BIRD! (And I didn’t see it. Steve did. Super bummed.)
Elegant Euphonia (This was new to me. Not new to Steve.)
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.
Here are a few more photos from today:
Great post today. I really enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing.
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Great to see you using the Big Day Badge!
Thanks! When I’m not on vacation I work long hours in an office and often leave when it’s dark and return home in the dark, so most days I don’t see any birds. That’s why I want to take advantage of meeting the bird count goals when I can. The badges are a fun way to recognize my efforts on vacay!
Finally got around to enjoying your Panama posts. I’ve been to Panama – just didn’t have time for birding while there.
Needless to say – I am jealous!
I’m glad you had the opportunity.
I just started birding again in January, after a 45-year break. It’s so much fun.