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March 29, 2015

Panama – Finca Hartmann

Filed under: Birds,Panama — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Barred Forest-Falcon, Micrastur ruficollis

Barred Forest-Falcon, Micrastur ruficollis

We had started out from Guadalupe early to go to Finca Hartmann , not far from the Costa Rica border. Carlos at Los Quetzals Lodge had arranged for Eto of Karitos Tours to act as our guide.Finca Hartmann is a coffee growing plantation which has operated a shade grown production very beneficial to birds.

Blue-throated Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis

Blue-throated Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis

When we first arrived we were treated to the sight of of a Turquoise Cotinga and a little later an immature Blue Cotinga flew in.Around us White-winged Tanager , Palm Tanager , Cherrie’s Tanager ,and Silver-throated Tanager took bits of fruit from a table when suddenly a Blue-crowned Motmot scattered them and took his share.The song of a House Wren mixed with that of a Clay-colored Robin .

Swallow-tailed Kite with Gecko

Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus

As we walked about we saw a half dozen Blue-headed Parrot feeding on fruit and were joined by the common Orange-chinned Parakeet .A single Crested Oropendola joined them. Suddenly a Swallow-tailed Kite flew over and then dived to take a Gecko. A Green Hermit moved in the flowering bushes along with a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird . They were later joined by the uncommon Long-billed Starthroat .The native Tawny Greenlet and Brown-capped Vireo were joined by a migrating Philadelphia Vireo .Eto noted the sound of a Barred Forest-Falcon ,and a tape brought it charging through the compound and eventually it settled in a tree for a few moments. It is a bird I had only seen previously in brief glimpses.In the creek out back of the buildings, a Buff-rumped Warbler moved about, bobbing its tail.

Long-billed Starthroat, Heliomaster longirostris

Long-billed Starthroat, Heliomaster longirostris

In the afternoon, we moved up into higher ground and picked up some good sightings. An Orange-bellied Trogon came in to look us over. A group of Fiery-billed Aracari came close and we saw that it included a Blue-throated Toucanet .As they left, Sulphur-winged Parakeet came in, a lovely bird. As we moved to more open woodland, we picked up Common Bush-Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia , Scarlet-thighed Dacnis , Blackburnian Warbler , Masked Tityra , and Olive-sided Flycatcher .

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  1. Hi,
    I found your website and I really like the bird photos. I am wondering if I could use the Blackburnian warbler photo in a watercolor painting for a project i am working on. It involves coloring S. American wildlife to help grow peoples awareness about the disappearing amazon rainforests. I was also wondering if I could use a hummingbird and the Blue-throated toucanette.

    Marcus Hopkins

    Comment by Marcus — October 18, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

  2. That’s fine.

    Good luck with your project, Harold

    Comment by Harold — October 20, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  3. I met the Hartmann’s in 1976 on a trip to the area with a Smithsonian biologist, and have spent hundreds of hours there since then, collecting insects, butterflies, and moths. On every trip I find something that I have not seen before, so in addition to the incredible bird species found there, it’s a wonderland of insect species.

    Comment by Albert Thurman — January 17, 2009 @ 3:10 am

  4. Thanks Albert:

    I envy your chance of spending extended time there. We had time to just scratch the surface.

    We are headed back to Panama in a few weeks and I’m hoping to arrange another visit to the Hartmann’s.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — January 19, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

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