February 18, 2012, Kennedy Loop

Immature Male Thick-billed Euphonia
No rain last night. 
I got a late start at 10:45 a.m. today.  It was 82 degrees. 60% cumulus cloud and 40% blue skies.
A breeze of about 10 knots was blowing from the NNE. Kennedy Loop Walk 2 hours
A beautiful day on the Loop. The sky was so blue and the greens were so green, I had to get a photo--but it doesn't do the place justice.

Species List for the Walk:
Brown Pelicans
Black Vultures
Turkey Vultures
Caracaras

Broad-winged Hawk

Heard White-tipped Dove

Orange-chinned Parakeet
Red-lored Parrot

Short-tailed Swifts--4 flying lower than usual and I could hear their twittering

Heard White-tailed Trogon
Red-crowned Woody
Crimson-crested Woody

Cocoa Woodcreeper

Dusky-capped Flycatchers
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Great Kiskadees

Rusty Margined Flycatchers
Social Flycatchers
Streaked Flycatchers
Tropical Kingbirds
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet

Snapping of Manakin wings
Mangrove Swallows
Southern Rough-winged Swallows Bay Wren
Heard House Wren

Clay Colored Thrushes

Tropical Mockingbirds

Red-eyed Vireo

American Redstart

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blue Dacnis

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Thick-billed Euphonia

Blue-gray Tanagers
Palm Tanagers
Plain Colored Tanagers
Summer Tanagers
Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Variable Seedeater

Great Tailed Grackles
Yellow-backed Orioles
Yellow-rumped Caciques
Chestnut-headed Oropendola

Mammals:
Agouti
Cappuchin Monkey
Howler Monkey
Coatimundi



Feb. 10 2012 San Lorenzo Road

It was a gorgeous day today and I decided to walk the San Lorenzo Road.  I left at 8:45 and returned at 12:45.  It started to rain before I got to the fork in the road to Kennedy Loop or San Lorenzo, so I walked back to the marina and stood in the shelter of the work shop area until the rain stopped.  It was a short sprinkle and the 12 knots or so of wind blew the rain clouds in the direction I was walking and left clear blue skies overhead. It was fairly cool by Fort Sherman standards at 79 degrees F/26 C. 
As usual, the Gray-Breasted Martins and Black Vultures were the first birds sighted. I heard the Great Kiskadees who have built a nest on Ishmael, but I didn't go check them out.  Three Mangrove Swallows flew back and forth between the marina bay and the edge of the forest.
A few images from the road:
The usual suspects were out today, but I did note some Collared Swifts and they are the first I've seen this year. I saw them in the clearing above the road so I don't know exactly how many, but the most I saw at one time was eight.
I will post a February species count at the end of the month
A few fish photos from the 'aquarium' that surrounds my home:

Kiskadee Family Feb.6, 2012


Strengthening the nest or still building? I think he is just adding because she is already spending a lot of time in the nest. He brought this length of polypropelene line and went to work.  I have seen several nests utilizing this human trash.  I saw a fledgling Great Kiskadee on Kennedy Loop today and another nest with a female inside. I saw a GK chase a Yellow-headed Caracara that obviously got too close, and as soon as he was finished a Tropical Mockingbird took over.

Great Kiskadee's New Yacht

February 5, 2012
More nesting going on--very close to home. The Great Kiskadees that nested in our wind vane last year have moved to Ismael, a boat a few down from us on the dock.  I heard one of them calling as I walked down the dock and got my bins on him. I saw the yellow on his crown and  got some shots because you don't often see the Kisskadees display their 'mohawk'.  I took about five shots and wondered what the show was all about. He seemed to have the crown up when I saw him, so I didn't think it was me agitating him.  When I put the camera down, I noticed the nest built in Tom's anchor.  I guess that was what the head display was all about and maybe he did start the display when he saw me. As I was backing off, I saw the female fly from the nest. I don't know if there are eggs yet. I'll keep an eye on them if I can without bugging them. The owners of the boat have a home at Lake Gatun and come out quite often. They're in for a surprise!  The birds should be ok because I don't think Ishmael is going anywhere in the near future.
To be continued.

Spring Is In the Air

The forest has been alive with the calls of several species of Trogons.
February 4, 2012
There is a lot of procreation stuff going on in the jungle right now. Mating calls, nest building, and very young birds already out. I came upon a pair of mating Violet-bellied Hummingbirds yesterday and felt bad because they flew off still joined. Poor little guy, that must have really hurt!
Young House Wren
I have been watching a small colony of Chestnut-headed Oropendolas.  It seemed that one day they were stripping strips off live palm leaves and the next their nests were hanging. Yellow-rumped Caciques hang out with them and provide lots of sound.
Chestnut-headed Oropendolas and nest.
Yellow-headed Gecko
 A pair of Yellow-headed geckos (Gonatodes albigularis fuscus) were interacting in this old drainage system tunnel. You can usually find these guys in shady crevasses in rotting trees or in the drainage system tunnels found throughout the Fort Sherman area.
Even the spiders are active. They are suddenly tons of the big Golden Silk spiders about; I guess they are about four inches across. Not a good time to feel a spider web on the face or arm. There is a fellow cruiser here that is an excellent photographer with a good camera and lenses. Her name is Jose, off the sailing vessel, Jedi. She enjoys shooting insects with a macro, so I asked if I could post some of her bug photos. The first link is to one of the spiders I just mentioned and the second link is to her and her husband, Nick's photo page. There are some good shots of lots of things. Enjoy.

                                             
                                                    http://sv-jedi.smugmug.com/

Even the plants are reproducing.
I added a Long-tailed Hermit to my life list today. It's been two months since I added a lifer to my list and this one was worth the wait. Unfortunately, it was evening and I didn't get a photo.