It was gorgeous this morning. It was a bit windy, but that blew the clouds away and the sky was clear blue and the sun was out. It was a perfect day for bird watching, and the birds were out to be seen. I picked up Lifer #907: Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet near the start of my walk. I knew what it was immediately because the name for it is perfect. I told you that I got a response on the video for the Alder/Willow ID and the responder named a bunch of other calls on the tape. One of the calls he/she named was a Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet. I said to Gene, "Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet? I don't even remember reading about that one." I've been over and over my Ridgely's guide, but if I haven't studied the bird as a suspect for an ID, I guess I'm glossing over. Funny that I saw it today in all it's tiny glory. It was sitting on the end of a branch in the sun and it had it's crown up while it called, "Play here!" It was so beautiful. It reminded me of the little Firecrest I saw in Italy. (I also saw a Goldcrest in Italy. There are Regulus, like our American Ruby-crowned Kinglet.) I could hear him calling as he flew away. If I hear the call from now on, I'll know it. It was around long enough to get pictures, but I blew it. I had the back-light mode on and I got these weird shots with shadows around a fuzzy bird. I guess I should stop trying to get fancy with the damn camera. I really hope to see him again.
Dickcissell. A pretty bird, too bad we don't have them in California. They are wary.
I enjoyed another hour or so of birding before the cloud cover began to white-out the sky. A few of the birds seen today: Red-eyed Vireos (still a lot), Summer Tanagers, Bay Wrens, Golden-collared Manakins (male and female), Southern Bentbill, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cocoa Woodcreepers, Dickcissells and what I think was a Peregrine flying high in the distance. I also saw Agouti, Two-toed sloth, Howlers and what looked like some kind of Skipper, only it behaved like a hummngbird moth. I was lucky enough to get a good shot and will try and find the ID and update the butterfly post.
When I got aboard, I downloaded the video. It was clear and the sound was great. Too bad it was a Western Wood-Pewee. My first in Panama. The other was at my place in California. I guess I didn't pay much attention to the call then or didn't hear it at home.