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Report 3. Thursday, September 8, 2016. Second Birding Day.


We are up early, and meet for coffee at 5 am, I think - maybe 5:30. {Kevin and I HAVE to have our coffee before we start off. We often come back after birding for a while and have breakfast. You have to get the birds early, especially when they are first calling in the morning.}At any rate, we give this step ten minutes, then we're off. We again visit the feeders at Jonas' home, then plunge into a path through the forest.

A Saw-billed Hermit draws nectar from one of Jonas' home-made feeders. At right, a Glittering-throated Emerald watches his buddies from a branch.

The spectacular green of a Glittering-throated Emerald is magic. At right, Kevin and Sharon are checking out birds near a bamboo stand. {This is our first real walk in the forest. The other stops have been birding outside the car. So now we get to try out our legs and endurance. (remember we had been walking to get strength at home. Most of the paths we travel look quite like this one. Clearly cars travel on this road but not frequently, so there is a lot of leaves, new vegetation, etc. to walk on. Doing OK so far.}


This flowering plant stands out in the sunlight, as does this Green Honeycreeper, with his yellow lower beak..


The Viiolet-crowned Woodnymph below is at Jonas' feeders also. We stop again at yesterday's birdfeeder restaurant and I get a nice closeup of the outrageous Yellow-fronted Woodpecker.

This Greater Kiskadee displays that yellow streak on his crown only when excited. I guess the fruit has gotten his attention. {There was another Kiskadee in a cage near the feeders. It looked like it may be a young one, but when this one came, they kind of "shouted" at each other and displayed their crowns. And here is the fun thing - Kiskadees are very common, so no matter how beautiful this bird is, after a while you say "oh, it's just another Kiskadee. Ho Hum.} I like the contrast between the caged bird and the free bird. Don't you just wanna open that cage door...?

That's it for today.

Life Birds Today (* - indicates a spectacular bird or sighting):

Brown Tinamou (heard only at this point), Whistling Heron, White-necked Hawk, Reddish Hermit (hummingbird), Green-backed Trogon, White-barred Piculet, a spectacular Blond-crested Woodpecker*, Scaly-headed Parrot, Spot-backed Antshrike (heard only at this point), Spot-breasted Antvireo, Unicolored Antwren (heard only), Rufous-winged Antwren, Ferruginous Antbird, Scaled Antbird, Streak-capped Antwren, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Spotted Bamboowren (heard only), Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Pale-browed Treehunter, Black-capped Foliage-gleaner, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Gray Elaenia, Gray-hooded Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Planalto Tyrannulet, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-lored (also called Gray-headed) Tody-Flycatcher, Variegated Flycatcher, Bare-throated Bellbird,Blue (also called Swallow-tailed) Manakin*, Chestnut-crowned Becard, Long-billed Wren, Flame-crested Tanager*, Rufous-headed Tanager.

Life Birds Today: 37
Life Birds on Trip: 81
Trip Birds Seen Today: 58
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 148

New Non-bird Lifeforms today:

Note: A Trip Bird is any species seen for the first time this trip. A Life Bird is a bird we have never encountered before. All Life Birds found are also Trip Birds.



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