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December 2, 2011
Gene and I plan to transit the canal in mid-January and last week it hit me that I only had about six weeks left in Panama and I still hadn't made it to Achiote or Pipeline Road! As luck would have it, I broke a tooth and had to see a dentist. The dentist is in Colon and I thought as long as we had to go to Colon, we could rent a car at the Budget rental at the cruise ship port. By the way, the dentist, Dr. Ida Herrera, was great and she's a birder! She has an eco-lodge. I haven't been there, but I will post the url for people checking out accomodations in Panama: http://www.sierrallorona.com/sierra/
We got the car for a week and I am birding with four wheels rather than two feet. What a luxury!
I saw a few birds that I don't see too often: Ruddy Ground Dove, Collared Aracari, Black-cheeked Woody, and Golden-headed Tanager.
We drove home in the rain after dark. A night bird did fly right in front of the car, but I don't know what it was. Thank God we didn't hit it! No luck on the Montezuma Oropendola or a Potoo.