Finally felt well enough for a bird walk this morning--it's been ten days. What a waste as I fly back to Southern California on the 20th. I wondered if I haven't had a mild case of dengue fever. Gene scoffs at the idea, but something made me too weak to do almost anything. Anyway, went out today for a short walk and got another bird for the Barra List which was also lifer for me.
I was walking and glanced up to see a Kingbird with a very large black insect in its bill. To me 'Kingbird' means Tropical Kingbird. They are common everyday birds here, as they were in Panama. I put my bins down and was getting ready to scan where I heard some chatter when I realized that it wasn't only the bug that was big. The bill was big. The bird was big. Several things weren't right. I put the bins back up and the bird was still there. Definitely not a Tropical Kingbird. I remembered that there was something other than a Boat-billed Flycatcher with a big bill and figured this was it. When I got back to Peregrine, I got out the book and had a very easy ID: Thick-billed Kingbird.
My Barra de Navidad list is near the top of the blog under 'Pages' for anyone who wants to see possibilities for the area. I have not even taken a panga or dinghy trip to the end of the lagoon--that would be an interesting day.