Nature Notes

March 8, 2008

Panama – Los Quetzals Trail

Filed under: Birds,Panama — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 1:57 pm

Volcano Hummingbird

The Los Quetzals Trail runs from Cerro Punta to Boquete, and part of it goes along the ridge of Volcan Buru. We parked our car near the entrance at Cerro Punta and immediately heard Resplendent Quetzal calling. We soon spotted a male and female and another pair a bit later. As we watched, a raptor drifted over the treeline, a Hook-billed Kite . The inevitable Black and Turkey Vultures were also drifting past. A male Flame-colored Tanager showed his colors with a Blue-gray Tanager , a Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager , Silver-throated Tanager , and a Spangle-cheeked Tanager were found.

Resplendent Quetzal

As we proceeded uphill, we saw Mountain Elaenia and Black-capped Flycatcher, and we heard the lovely songs of Gray-breasted Wood-Wren and Black-faced Solitaire . Mountain Robin , Black-billed and Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush were joined by Spot-crowned Woodcreeper working its way up a tree. The very common Wilson’s Warbler mixed with the resident Collared Redstart .

Spot-crowned Woodcreeper

We were treated to a panoramic view at the ranger station at the top of the road. The tiny Volcan Hummingbird showed off its subtle lilac gorget, and many Yellow-faced Grassquit moved amongst the brush. We found both Band-tailed and Short-billed Pigeons as well as Red-crowned Woodpecker. A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak eyed us as it stripped seeds from a shrub.

Ruddy Treerunner

Moving along the trail towards Boquete we saw a pair of Elegant Euphonia (Blue-hooded Euphonia in Ridgeway) and through the morning we picked up Slaty Finch, Yellow-thighed Finch, Large-footed Finch, and Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch. Close to the trail a Ruddy Treerunner moved along the branches and a Streak-breasted Treehunter moved out from a clay bank, perhaps making a nest. While returning we heard Silvery-throated Jay calling but they could not be persuaded to come into view.


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  1. My name is Kate CLeary, and I am a Peace Corps volunteer working in an ecological park in Totonicapan, Guatemala. The park`s mission is to provide environmental education to the community, and we are also working on creating a bird guide so that visitors and students can learn more about the local avifauna. I am a biologist by training and have helped the park guards creat a list of more than 90 species.

    I`m writing to you today because I want to ask if you would be able to donate your photo of the spot-crowned woodcreeper to our guide. We donĀ“t have a Budget to pay for the photo, but you would have our sincere gratitude and of course your name would appear in the acknowledgements.

    When the guide is finished it will be used in the following projects:
    1. Copies will be left with all local authorities who manage the forest or have environmental education programs
    2. We will be giving a series of workshops in the 15 villages that surround the forest, about local biodiversity. 5 copies will be left with each village school.
    3. The guide will be used in environmental education in our park, El Aprisco, and in the future we may print copies to sell to interested tourists in order to raise moneyfor the park.

    Could you let me know if you wo8uld be able to donate your foto? Thanks so much!
    Kate Cleary

    Comment by Kate Cleary — March 18, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  2. Hi Kate:

    I have sent you an email on this.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — March 19, 2009 @ 8:14 am

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