January 21st 2022
Just before dark, after seeing one earlier in the day, a pair of White-whiskered Puffbird turned up in the garden
First light and the same birds as yesterday morning were feeding in the garden including the Collard Manikin. Graham and I set off north along the track back to San Ramon. We covered over a mile until we reached the open area where he has seen both Red-breasted Blackbird and Eastern Meadowlark in the fields grazed by cows. On the way there, there, of note, was a Bay Wren and Bright-rumped Attile. We arrived at a junction and here we got good numbers of blackbirds and larks as well as a single Grey-headed Yellowthroat. Graham left for home and I followed him some thirty minutes later and on the return there I had my first 2 male American Redstart and a single Mourning Warbler.
The area where the larks and blackbirds hang out Graham Gordong
There were at least up to 4 Eastern Meadow Larks
And good numbers of stonking male Red-breasted Blackbird with the odd females never far away.
It wasn’t long until I was back out again after Graham telling me of a few new species I needed that he had just seen up road. Only a five minute walk and I got one of the target species, White-whiskered Puffbird perched on the edge of the forest. Also in the area were up to 3 Orange-billed Sparrow, another Bright-rumped Attila and a male Collared Manikin could heard deeper in the forest. Less than half a mile onwards along the track and I picked up my next new species, A group of 4 noisy Dusky-faced Tanager and roaming with them were Olive-backed Euphonia and single female White-collared Manikin and Golden-winged and Mourning Warbler. The rain turned heavy and twenty minutes later I was dry sheltering back at the digs. Later on just as the light was fading a pair of White-whiskered Puffbird turned up in the garden.
This White-whiskered Puffbird showed well at close range on the edge of the forest
Although there were 3 Orange-billed Sparrow, this is the only record shot as they proved to all be very elusive spending time in cover on the deck
4 Dusky-faced Tanager were very vocal as they moved through
At the end of the day, this pair of White-whiskered Puffbird appeared in the garden
The rain didn’t let up throughout the night and while working on my laptop, the window I was next to with a light, like last night, were both getting plastered by moths and 100s of flying insects. As result I was getting nothin done, not by what was being attracted to the light but also because of the bat dodging my head as I sat down flying in my room. Add to this, Graham was shouting me, it seemed every ten minutes, when he had an interesting moth in the trap. Don’t ask me what species they are but there were some beauties. Also the mother Racoon turned up with her young and when they disappeared into the night, we were left with no bananas for the morning. All images below taken by Graham
Mother and one the youngster’s waiting for us to toss a banana to her. I do miss Skewball, my pet Racoon that I rescued while working in the states
The area where we, sorry, Graham cooked at the Base Camp
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