Panama Day 3: Mixed flocks bring mixed blessings

This post has it all: Lots of bird and mammal photos in a gallery below, a video of Steve and I (only 40 seconds long, guys!), and our bird list at the very end. So buckle up folks–there’s some good stuff here.

It’s decided. From now on we’re going to get our own private bird guide.

Thankfully, the folks at Canopy Lodge figured out that we’re the kind of birders who are slow and aren’t  “tickers” or “listers” who go, go, go after birds to see how many we can get. They didn’t say anything to us directly, but just matter-of-factly said that we’d have our own guide for our next two days at the Lodge. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

So, in comes Danilo to the picture. The guy has been guiding birders for over 20 years–long before Canopy Lodge was in the area. And this guy knows exactly where the birds can be found. He was also exceptionally patient with me and I felt more confident as I hiked because I didn’t feel like I was holding up the gang. Or pissing off anyone by my slowness.

Me, Danilo and Steve

Me, Danilo and Steve

Where do I look?

We were lucky with Danilo and ran across two different mixed flocks. Mixed flocks bring mixed blessings. You get to see a variety of species in a mixed flock, but you know what that means? Less hiking! Hooray! You can get around 10 or so species just in one mixed flock. The problem, though, is that you don’t know where to look. You find one and you either want to get a good look at it through your binoculars or take a photo, and then there’s another. And another. And another.

But, really. Who’s to complain?

First of our video reports from Panama

I decided to do some video on this trip. I think you’ll enjoy this. Click on the video and it will play. It’s less than 1 minute, so you have no excuse. Go ahead now. Play it.

Photo Gallery from this day

Click on any of the photos and it will take you to a slideshow of photos from this day. Includes a few mammals as well.

Bird List for the day

A total of 79 birds for this day, including nine lifers for both Steve and me. (Lifers are in bold.)

  1. Gray-headed Chacalaca
  2. Black Vulture
  3. Turkey Vulture
  4. Gray-headed Kite (heard)
  5. Roadside Hawk
  6. Broad-winged Hawk
  7. Southern Lapwing
  8. Ruddy Ground-Dove
  9. Spectacled Owl (first good look; we kind of saw it in the Amazon last spring)
  10. White-tipped Sicklebill
  11. Band-tailed Barbthroat
  12. Green Hermit
  13. Stripe-throated Hermit
  14. Violet-crowned Woodnymph
  15. Blue-chested Hummingbird
  16. Snowy-bellied Hummingbird
  17. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
  18. Tody Motmot 
  19. Whooping Motmot
  20. Rufous Motmot
  21. Blue-throated (Emerald) Toucanet
  22. Collared Araçari
  23. Red-crowned Woodpecker
  24. Lineated Woodpecker
  25. Bat Falcon (heard)
  26. Barred Antshrike
  27. Plain Antvireo
  28. Spot-crowned Antivireo
  29. Slaty Antwren
  30. Checker-throated Antwren
  31. Chestnut-backed Antbird
  32. Black-crowned Antipitta
  33. Cocoa Woodcreeper
  34. Spotted Woodcreeper
  35. Plain Xenops (one day I will use “Xenops” in Scrabble.)
  36. Yellow-bellied Elaenia
  37. Lesser Elaenia
  38. Olive-striped Flycatcher
  39. Common Tody-Flycatcher
  40. Long-tailed Tyrant
  41. Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  42. Social Flycatcher
  43. Tropical Kingbird
  44. Lance-tailed Manakin
  45. Black-chested Jay
  46. Southern Rough-winged Swallow
  47. Barn Swallow
  48. House Wren
  49. Rufous-breasted Wren
  50. Bay Wren
  51. White-breasted Wood-Wren
  52. Tawny-faced Gnatwren
  53. Clay-colored Thrush
  54. Tennessee Warbler
  55. Bay-breasted Warbler
  56. Yellow Warbler
  57. Rufous-capped Warbler
  58. Bananaquit
  59. Rosy Thrush-Tanager
  60. Crimson-backed Tanager
  61. Flame-rumped Tanager
  62. Blue-gray Tanager
  63. Golden-hooded Tanager
  64. Bay-headed Tanager
  65. Silver-throated Tanager
  66. Shining Honeycreeper
  67. Buff-throated Saltator
  68. Variable Seedeater
  69. Yellow-faced Grassquit
  70. Summer Tanager
  71. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
  72. Giant Cowbird
  73. Yellow-backed Oriole
  74. Baltimore Oriole
  75. Yellow-billed Cacique
  76. Chestnut-headed Cacique
  77. Thick-billed Euphonia
  78. Fulvous-vented Euphonia
  79. Tawny-capped Euphonia