Another day of 100+ birds in Panama

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.

Blue-winged Teal
Least Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swainson’s Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Roadside Hawk
Yellow-headed Caracara
White-throated Crake
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Rock Dove
Scaled Pigeon
Ruddy Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Chiriqui Quail Dove
Squirrel Cookoo
Mottled Owl
Green Hermit
Bronzy Hermit
Stripe-throated Hermit
Violet Sabre Wing Hummingbird
Green Violet Ear Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Wood Nymph (Hummingbird)
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
White-throated Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Collard Trogan
Blue-crowned Motmot
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Smokey-brown Woodpecker
Pale-breasted Spinetail
Slaty Spinetail
Red-faced Spinetail
Spotted Barbtail
Ruddy Treerunner
Buff-throated Foilage Gleaner
Olivaceous Woodcreeper
Plain Antvireo
Yellow Tyrannulet
Greenish Eluenia
Lesser Eluenia
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant
Common Tody Flycatcher
Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher
Tropical Peewee
Bright-rumped Atilla
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Social Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Masked Tityra
Lesser Greenlet
Black-chested Jay
Blue and White Swallow
Gray-breasted Martin
Plain Wren
House Wren
White-breasted Wood Wren
Gray-breasted Wood Wren
Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush
Ruddy-capped Nightingale Thrush
Clay-colored 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.)
Tennessee Warbler
Flame-throated Warbler
Tropical Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Slate-throated Redstart
Collared Redstart
Mourning Warbler (New for me, but not new for Steve.)
Masked Yellow Throat
Wilson’s Warbler
Golden-crowned Warbler
Rufous-capped Warbler
Common Bush Tanager
Cheerie’s Tanager
Blue Gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager
Scarlet-thighed Ducnis (New for me, but not new for Steve.)
Buff-throated Saltator
Slaty Flower Piercer
White-naped Brush Finch
Black-striped Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Flame-colored Tanager
White-winged Tanager
Red-crowned Ant Tanager
Eastern Meadowlark
Great-tailed Grackle
Three-striped Warbler







Ito was an awesome guide for our three full days of birding. I highly recommend him.