Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cerro Gaital (PM) - 28 Feb 2017

At Raul's suggestion, John and I took an hour after lunch to check out the compost heap on the other side of the bridge for the Gray-necked Wood Rails. No sooner had we crossed the bridge that John motioned up the trail. There, at the right edge of the path about 20 yds away, was a Gray-necked Wood Rail bristling and displaying. I took a video of the rail as it shook it wings, then walk out into the open for several moments before disappearing up the path. Thank you, Raul!

We then spent some time at the compost heap photographing a flock of Dusky-faced Tanagers and the Wood Thrush that still continues.

The Orange-billed Sparrow also made an appearance. It posed on the log in front of the compost and was most cooperative.

As we got back to the Lodge I spotted a Striped-throated Hermit feeding in the bushes near the feeders.

Danilo arrived at 3 pm and he, John and I would be the only ones out this afternoon. We headed back up the hill to look for an Orange-bellied Trogon and Bay-headed Tanagers. The day would turn out to be light on birds, but still productive.

As we left the van Danilo spotted a roosting Broad-winged Hawk through the tree. I was able to digiscope it for several minutes. It never moved.

We would find several Two-toed Sloths; one was hanging upside down in the tree over the trail, and then found climbing when we returned.

Otherwise, we had to settle for listening to calling White-throated Spadebill, Rufous-and-White Wren, Bay Wren, and White-breasted Wood-Wren. We would see a Tawny-headed Euphonia long enough to get a photo or two.

Hummingbirds were present but elusive. We would get fleeting glimpses of Violet-headed and Snow-bellied Hummingbirds, but they quickly chased away by aggressive Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds. Danilo was able to get the scope on a calling / roosting male Green Hermit, but it flew before I could get my scope on its location deep in vegetation. One hummer appeared to be a Rufous-tailed from behind, but showed a black belly when it landed facing me. ???

As we were getting ready to pack up for the evening we found a pair of Southern Lapwings in the same field as yesterday morning (wow, seems like a week ago). Overhead I directed everyone to a flock of ~300 Swainsons Hawks that were floating on thermals, then kettling, the streaming west over the mountains. Cool!

One last stop for Bay-headed Tanager was a failure, but John put us onto a pair of Spot-crowned Barbets. We would return to the Lodge only to find that Linda had a flock of Bay-headed Tanagers bathing in the stream right below the bridge. Grrr...

I spent a few minutes in the last bit of light photographing a Gray-necked Wood Rail that appeared in the stream just below the bridge. The low-light required flash, and images were generally blurry, but I did get one keeper.

We would end our evening with Raul and Christina at dinner, and thank them again for a wonderful 2.5 days at the Canopy Lodge. Tomorrow early we'd be heading back to Panama City for our flight home on Thursday.

My list:

Gray-headed Chachalaca
Magnificent Frigatebird
Faciated Tiger-Heron (immature)
Cattle Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Roadside Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Gray Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Swainson's Hawk (300+)
Gray-necked Wood-Rail
Southern Lapwing
Rock Pigeon
Scaled Pigeon (H, fly-over)
Ruddy Ground Dove
White-tipped Dove 
Squirrel Cuckoo
Spectacled Owl
Green Hermit
Stripe-throated Hermit
Long-billed Starthroat
Garden Emerald
Violet-headed Hummingbird
Snowcap (female)
Crowned Woodnymph 
Blue-chested Hummingbird
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Motmot
Green Kingfisher
Spot-crowned Barbet
Blue-throated Toucanet
Collared Aracari
Keel-billed Toucan
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (H)
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Yellow-headed Caracara
Orange-chinned Parakeet
Blue-headed Parakeet
Fascinated Antshrike (female)
Spot-crowned Antvireo
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
Cocoa Woodcreeper
Spotted Woodcreeper
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Lesser Elaenia
Olive-striped Flycatcher
Paltry Tyrannulet
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Tropical Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher (H)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Streaked Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
White-ruffed Manakin
Golden-collared Mannikin
Yellow-green Vireo
Black-chested Jay
Gray-breasted Martin
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Scaled-breasted Wren (H)
House Wren (similar call to our's but with a "tweet-tweet-tweet" at the end)
Rufous-breasted Wren
Rufous-and-white Wren (H)
Plain Wren (H)
Bay Wren (H)
White-breasted Wood-Wren (H)
Wood Thrush
Pale-vented Thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
Tropical Mockingbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Buff-rumped Warbler
Rufous-capped Warbler
Blue-Gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Green Honeycreeper
Tawny-crested Tanager
Flame-rumpled Tanager
Crimson-backed Tanager
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Thick-billed Seed-Finch
Variable Seedeater
Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch
Black-headed Saltator (H)
Buff-throated Saltator
Dusky-faced Tanager
Orange-billed Sparrow
Black-striped Sparrow
Common Chlorospingus (formerly Bush-Tanager)
Hepatic Tanager
Summer Tanager
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Great-tailed Grackle
Shiny Cowbird
Giant Cowbird
Chestnut-headed Oropendola 
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia
Tawny-capped Euphonia
Lesser Goldfinch

Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
Red-tailed Squirrel 

Central American Agouti (large rodent at feeders)

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