Panama Trip Report: April 2017

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With enough planning, you can enjoy a family-friendly, bird-rich vacation in the Panama Canal zone. Any dedicated birder visiting Panama City should first consider the Canopy Tower , one of the most important and beloved birding lodges in the Americas. Most hotels in Panama are at least a little run-down, but research suggested that the Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama offered everything a family could want at a surprisingly low cost. Panama Flycatcher.

What is the National Bird of Panama?

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In her book, “ On a Wing and a Prayer, “ Sarah Woods describes the bird that captured her interest when she first visited Panama: “At more than one metre tall and able to kill a monkey with a single swipe of its powerful, knife-like talons, [H]arpy [E]agles are incredibly hard to find.” ” Many share her fascination with this bird of prey, and it was designated Panama’s official bird in 2002. ” Birds Harpy Eagle national bird Panama

Veraguan Mango – Panama's ex-endemic

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Veraguan Mango – Panama’s ex-endemic Veraguan Mango – Panama’s ex-endemic By James • March 1, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share Endemism is special. There are about 60 species of hummingbirds in Panama alone, one of the region’s smallest countries. So where does this leave Panama?

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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8%: Brazil, Panama. Although it has a few more birds than Costa Rica (including reliable Harpy Eagles ) and some great lodges, in ecotourism terms, Panama seem to be Costa Rica’s “little brother” (there’s a hidden message to its tourism board). Yet, the fact that tiny Panama is as popular as huge Brazil, with twice as many bird species, speaks volume for Brazil’s stage of ecotourism development. I had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results.

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Diabolical Raptor Quiz: Mystery in the Trees

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I’m still recovering from several days of blisteringly good birding in Panama, including a jaunt down Old Gamboa Road. Birds ID Quiz Panama raptorsThis legendary trail connected to Summit Ponds hosts all manner of Canal Zone specialties, including an abundance of hawks, kites, falcons, and owls. So I wasn’t entirely surprised to spot something raptorish but unfamiliar perched high above the trail. What was unexpected was how cute it was… Isn’t that adorable?

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On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest by Sarah Woods

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Reviews book review Central America Harpy Eagle PanamaOne of the recurring discussions in the world of nature writing is the problem of tone. Given the sheer magnitude of the issues facing our planet, to write optimistically can feel dishonest, sometimes like a betrayal. At the same time, nonstop pessimism can burn out even the most committed activists, and gives casual readers no reason to get on board. How do we navigate these waters?

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Costa Rica?s Almost Endemic Trogon

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Of those, two are only found in Costa Rica and Panama, the near threatened Baird’s Trogon of which is nearly exclusive to Costa Rica. Like several other species, this fancy one evolved to live in the humid forests of southern Costa Rica and adjacent Panama.

McKee Project Expands Work into Guatemala and Other Latin American Countries

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Although they are best known for their work in Costa Rica, they also work in Mexico and Panama. This is a great group that I've spotlighted before. At the end of 2007, the World Society for the Protection of Animals selected the McKee Project to work on spay/neuter programs in Guatemala. I recently subscribed to their newsletter which comes out in both Spanish and English versions.

May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

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A bird of the high elevation cloud forest, this stunner only occurs in Costa Rica and western Panama. Formerly lumped with the Three-striped Warbler of the Andes, when it was split, the Costa Rican Warbler joined the ranks of other birds endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama.

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The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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We have several quail-dove species in Costa Rica, this one is only found in cloud forest here and in western Panama. This sprite made it onto the list because its the smallest bird in Costa Rica and is maybe easier here than in western Panama. It does range into western Panama but is far from easy there (nor in Costa Rica for that matter). It’s not easy to see in Costa Rica nor western Panama but a birder can’t connect with it anywhere else.

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Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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Actively birding in Costa Rica as well as Nicaragua and Panama as well as the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Panama top the list.

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High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia

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A bird of treeline and paramo habitats in Costa Rica and Panama, this wren is a main target for visiting birders. Costa Rica is a tropical country but it doesn’t have to be hot.

A Cuckoo in Costa Rica Brings in the Birders

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This Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo was seen and captured on camera by Josh Beck in Panama, the most reliable place to connect with this rare species. 12 species of cuckoos are on the Costa Rica bird list.

Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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The same goes for Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, and other places along their migration routes. Birds are arriving in North America, flying from places far to the south. Many come from Central America, a good number fly much further.

15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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It only lives in middle elevation habitats of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. The tiniest bird in Costa Rica is also limited to hedgerows and other edge habitats in middle elevations of Costa Rica and western Panama. Although this beauty also lives in the forests of Honduras, Nicaragua, and western Panama, it is most accessible in Costa Rica. A couple of the biggest of bird families are restricted to the Americas.

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International birding tourism after the Covid-19 – what will change?

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Cover photo: Birding in Panama by Alex Proimos / Wikimedia Commons. We are stuck. In a world we made.

We Interrupt Regularly Scheduled.

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The cozy relationship between Honduras’s military coup leaders and the corporatocracy were confirmed a couple of days after my arrival in Panama. We interrupt regularly scheduled deconstructing, editorializing, commenting and ranting to bring you a letter from John Perkins : Dear Friends Speaking of Democracy, Honduras, and President Obama. In writing my new book Hoodwinked (Random House, Nov 2009 publication date), I recently visited Central America.

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of April 2017?

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We staggered in last night from a very successful Panama vacation, with success marked both by memories made and birds seen. April showers still fall, but many flowers can’t wait for May. This weekend may be blowing in spring or fall or a rainy season or a dry one, but hopefully you’ll enjoy whatever you’re getting. With so much to unpack literally and figuratively, I’ll be locked up for a while.

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World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Panama 1004 Just slightly below the 1000 mark were Angola with 998 and Cameroon with 979 (followed by Australia and Nigeria, both with 970), and these contenders may join the club soon. What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2017?

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I have much to celebrate, as my family and I are embarked on a Spring Break sojourn to Panama by way of Canada. For many people around the world, the coming weekend carries spiritual meaning, symbolic of rebirth and renewal. And chocolate bunnies. And colorful eggs. And lots and lots of birds. Celebrate your way! Expect my Best Bird of the Weekend to be Neotrop-tastic. Corey will be spending a rare weekend in the NYC area, a great place to be in early spring. How about you?

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Fall Migration in Costa Rica- Six Things I Have Learned

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By morning, they are probably in Panama. For the first 30 something years of my life, fall migration was when the warblers “sipped”, “chipped” and “seeped” in the tired, late summer leaves.

The wonderful Phainopepla

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The Black-and-white Phainoptila , Phainoptila melanoxantha from Costa Rica and Panama. Then there is the Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher , Ptilogonys caudatus , living in some of the high mountains of Costa Rica and Panama. Spring is in the air, and all around the Baja desert I am seeing a plethora of species, all looking for love, in what appears to the right places. Last Sunday, it was never as obvious as it was with the small group of Phainopepla , Phainopepla nitens.

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A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica

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Panama Flycatchers and Streak-backed Orioles also fed at close range. Although the hoped for Mangrove Vireo failed to show, we had excellent close studies of Panama Flycatcher and Northern Scrub-Flycatcher. One of the quandaries of birding in Costa Rica is deciding where to go birding. Where do you go when there are so many different places to choose from? Costa Rica’s small size, ease of access and massive avian diversity promises a wealth of birds in many places.

Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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I hope for more of those birds to appear and ride the wings of that hope for a safe end to this trying situation soon, for a time when we can watch birds together again whether that be Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, or Yunnan, China. Spring migration!

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February Birds from Costa Rica

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One of many cool bird species only found in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. Growing up in western New York, February was one of the more tedious of winter months.

White-collared Seedeaters

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The lower end of their territory is along the coastal areas of mainland Mexico down to Panama. Last weekend, my work had me driving to the very southern end of the Baja. That gave me Sunday morning off to re-visit the estuary at San Jose Del Cabo for the first time since Hurricane Lidia struck the area. At some later point, I can cover the incredible destruction that this beautiful area was dealt, but today I want to show off the new discovery that I found amongst the damage.

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Uncommon Yellowthroats

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The first can be found from Mexico to Panama, while the second is endemic over a fairly large part of eastern Mexico. The Yellowthroat group is an odd collection of bird species. The one migratory species, aptly named the Common Yellowthroat , can be seen almost anywhere in North America. Another one, the Masked Yellowthroat , can be found in five unconnected resident territories over much of South America. Both are marsh-dwelling species.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Press, 1989); A Guide to the Birds to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, 2nd ed. , There are very good to outstanding country field guides, most notably The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide by George R. One field guide, seven countries.

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Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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A bird of lowland and foothill rainforest, the Yellow-throated Toucan can be seen in most parts of the Caribbean slope and from the Carara area south to Panama. The counterpart of the Collared Aracari on the South Pacific slope of Costa Rica, this near endemic also ranges into parts of western Panama. For many folks who live in places with cold winters, toucans are the birds on cereal boxes.

Hummingbirds at Catarata del Toro, Costa Rica

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Black-bellied Hummingbirds can only be found in Costa Rica and western Panama. Because, honestly, when am I going to get back to Costa Rica again or go to Panama? No, you’re not going crazy. This is the second post on 10,000 Birds about hummingbirds at Catarata del Toro in less than a month. Such are the risks you take reading a blog written by birders who sometimes go birding together.

Becards

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Eight occur only in South America, three spill over from there just into Panama, and one reaches from South America through much of Central America.

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The Royal Mile: Birding Fit For a King

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Aficionados of American birding know all too well the wonders of Panama’s Pipeline Road. In birding circles, certain stretches of road or trail attain mythical status, eliciting knowing smiles and satisfied grins when mentioned.

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The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

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Part of a series of coordinated radio telemetry arrays, this station is found between other MOTUS stations in Nicaragua and Panama that automatically log data from radio transmitters attached to Alder Flycatchers, Cerulean Warblers , and other species. Bird migration! In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica.

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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Its yodeling song is a typical aspect of the cloud forest soundscape in Costa Rica and western Panama, a region to which it is endemic. Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks. There’s so much more that can be said about this group of birds but that’s the first description that comes to mind. They also tend to be colorful, one plays a role in Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”, and they only occur in places with lots of other cool, tropical birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2017)

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He would like to nominate his first Jaguarundi as the Best Bird of his Weekend, but since that won’t fly (pun intended) how about Plain-breasted Ground Dove , his only lifer so far after a half day in Panama. The third weekend in April, when we birders in the northeastern United States start to go stir crazy, convinced that the wood-warblers should all be back by now and lamenting the species that we have not yet seen.

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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If the wind carries them on, maybe they will go to Panama, or even make it to Colombia. On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves.

Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

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Several other birders hit their local patches near the border with Panama, at La Selva Biological Station, the bird rich Carara National Park, and other sites scattered across Costa Rica to give us our highest GBD total yet. Global Big Day (GBD). This biggest day of eBirding kicked off in earnest a few years ago. The idea was to see how many birds could be collectively identified by folks anywhere and everywhere. Go birding, eBird the results and see what happens!

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The Cutest Birds in Costa Rica

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Go birding in Costa Rica to get these avian examples of cuteness on the life list: Collared Redstart – cute and common in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. Are all birds created equal? I bet a Common Raven would tell you otherwise, and so would a lot of birders. Blasphemy say ye? Just ask yourself if you feel like giving the same value to a ratty looking Rock Pigeon as a candy-colored Jambu Fruit-Dove.

The Bird Way: A Book Review

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One good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do.

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Easy Endemics and Photography at Myriam’s Quetzals, Costa Rica

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Quetzal is THE beloved, sacred bird of Guatemala and they do live there (and in southern Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) BUT are more accessible in Costa Rica. Endemics shared with western Panama make up a fair percentage of the local avifauna and several come to feeders and vegetation behind the small restaurant (those specialties are marked with an E). Myriam’s Quetzales ! Are they her’s? Can there be a more enticing name than for a place that that?

Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

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Want to see a high quality video showing 53 species only be found in Costa Rica and adjacent western Panama? In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. Which tours saw the most roosting owls?

Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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The Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner was finally split into at least two species, the ones that live in southern Costa Rica and adjacent Panama now being known as “ Chiriqui Foliage-gleaner “ Plain Wren wasn’t so plain after all. Split from the Three-striped Warbler of South America, yet another species is added to the list of birds only found in the mountains of Costa Rica and Panama.

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