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. Panama Flycatcher.

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What is the National Bird of Panama?

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” Many share her fascination with this bird of prey, and it was designated Panama’s official bird in 2002. If you want to see a Harpy Eagle, your best bet is to follow in the shoes of Sarah Woods and go to Panama. ” Birds Harpy Eagle national bird Panama

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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?

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This eco-village in Panama will be constructed from recycled plastic bottles

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Plastic Bottle Village demonstrates another approach to repurposing single-use bottles. In a world where billions of disposable recyclable plastic bottles are used each year, finding innovative ways to reuse them in the area where they are collected is a noble challenge.

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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 raptors

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A Retired Nurse, a Buddhist Monk and an Aspiring Sailor Walk Into a Nursing Home.

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The day I met Jean (my personal hero), she was wearing a fanny pack and bustling around the med room.

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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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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

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When Mendenhall learned that Meyer was using identical trapping methods to study bat populations on human-made islands in Gatún Lake on the Panama Canal, it spawned the idea for a site comparison.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Impressive Highland Birding in Costa Rica at El Toucanet

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Get onto a mixed flock and most won’ be found anywhere other than the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama. As one might surmise, a “toucanet” is a small toucan.

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.

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.

The 2016 AOU Supplement and the Costa Rica Bird List

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In another supplement, we learned that the Blue-crowned Motmot had become a few different species in South American and Panama but was still retained its classic name in western Panama north to Mexico.

Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

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In addition to Spanish, several other languages continue to be spoken, the pines and cypress trees of the Guatemalan highlands only occur as introduced species once you travel south of Nicaragua, and dozens of bird species that occur in Costa Rica and Panama don’t even make it to Nicaragua.

Expectations and Suggestions for Caribbean Lowland Birding in Costa Rica

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But, if you want to go further afield, fear not, there is some wonderful lowland forest birding up near Nicaragua and down south by Panama as well. This small antbird species is common in Panama to Ecuador but rare in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is situated right between two oceans.

A Dozen Quick and Easy Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

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It already looks nice from the side but when seen head on… Speaking of less common species, this local beauty only occurs in middle-elevation forests of Costa Rica and western Panama and even then, is accessible at rather few sites.

Guide to the Birds of Honduras Translation Project

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If I’m not mistaken, it took more than twenty years for Ridgely’s Guide to the Birds of Panama to come out in a Spanish edition. I first met Robert Gallardo in 2009, when I made my first visit to the Neotropics for the Mesoamerican Bird Festival in Honduras.

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?

Ten High Mountain Specialties from Costa Rica

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The montane forests of Costa Rica and western Panama are home to at least 50 species of birds that live nowhere else except for one or two that also occur in northwestern Colombia. Nope, in addition to Costa Rica and western Panama, the good old R. Mountains are a boon for birding. Although marching up and down and up and down can be a literal pain, the feathered rewards come in the form of super cool local species that rarely or never make it down to lower elevations.

WWF Calls for Substantial Conservation Measures for Tuna and Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

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The members of the IATTC are: Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, France, Guatemala, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Chinese Taipei, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

Tûranor PlanetSolar Launches at 2012 World Future Energy Summit

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The Tûranor PlanetSolar relied completely on solar energy when it left a tropic port off of the coast of Panama. A solar powered boat docked in Abu Dhabi just before the 2012 World Future Energy Summit has made a 48,000 kilometer voyage entirely on electrical power to get there.

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Vote Now for Awesome Ornithology Projects!

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A typical Neotropical bird – a Royal Flycatcher caught on a scouting trip in Panama. As it turns out, there is a great system in Panama for studying the genetics of color. Two species, White- and Golden-, form a hybrid zone where their ranges meet in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Good Hummingbirds at El Tapir

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Since the male Snowcap only occurs in foothill rainforests from Honduras to western Panama, is pretty uncommon (or at least often hard to see), and has deep wine reddish plumage with a glowing white crown, it can’t help but be a perpetual good bird.

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Please Welcome Patrick O’Donnell!

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These days, Patrick lives in Costa Rica where he juggles guiding, freelance writing, developing bird apps for Costa Rica and Panama , posting on his Costa Rica birding blog , and discussing dinosaurs with his young daughter. It has been awhile since we here at 10,000 Birds announced a new Beat Writer. But we are pleased as punch to share the news that Patrick O’Donnell is going to be writing here on 10,000 Birds.

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The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

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The authors argue that most major groups, including the sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, and cardinals then diversified in North America and subsequently colonized South America in a series of overwater (before the Isthmus of Panama had formed) or overland dispersal events.

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Rare Birds in Costa Rica from a Local Birding Perspective

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Those numbers are just guesses but that’s my bet given the amount of intact habitat, sightings, and territory size for these species in Panama. This is a Black-and-white from a remote site near the border with Panama. A rare bird is one we don’t see very often. However, that doesn’t mean that the bird species in question is necessarily endangered.

Some Cool Woodpeckers from Costa Rica

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Looking like a Northern Three-toed that took a permanent tropical vacation, this woodpecker is a stunner that only lives in the rainforests of southern Costa Rica and just across the border in Panama. The Woodpeckers are one of the more popular of the avian families. What’s not to like about woodpeckers? They laugh, they bang their heads against dead trees, poles, and even houses, and they don’t think twice about visiting feeders.

“A Little Bird Told Me” … Happy Birthday Charles Darwin

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How did they get from the Caribbean across the Isthmus of Panama, which is mountainous and very much in the way? They did it before the Panama Land Bridge formed.

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Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

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Hope for a vagrant comes in the form of an Orange-breasted Falcon sighting from west-central Panama. Although those two avian stars still occur in Costa Rica and western Panama, their numbers are low, and they don’t have the benefit of living anywhere else. When Costa Rica becomes a topic of conversation, we don’t usually hear the word “extinction” being thrown around.

Gulf oil disaster spills over to tourism on clean beaches

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One in 4 also named Panama City , Florida , as affected, although its beaches are clean and open.

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Go for the green photo: #9

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Global Warming Will Open Unexpected New Shipping Routes in Arctic

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Shipping lanes through the Arctic Ocean won't put the Suez and Panama canals out of business anytime soon, but global warming will make these frigid routes much more accessible than ever imagined by melting an unprecedented amount of sea ice during the late summer, new UCLA research shows.

When a Ring-billed Gull is a Rarity- Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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The high mountains of Costa Rica and Panama are the realm of this royal bird. I went to Tortuguero National Park last weekend. Shortly after arrival, I saw a bird that had me yelling for Robert to come down from his room in the Casa Marbella and look in the scope.

An Aberrant Laughing Gull with Orange Legs and Bill

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And later, when I posted a picture of it on my Facebook page another birder shared an image of a similar bird taken in Panama. While at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I could not resist making the drive north to Daytona Beach one day to witness the awesome gull fly-in from the dump to the beach.

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Go for the green photo: #7

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