1st March 2022
The highlight of the day was this male Great Antshrike in the same bushes as where I had a male nearly a month ago! Same individual? And on the same day as a male Faciated Antshrike!
I wasn’t goin to do a post today as I really believed that there wouldn’t be anythin of note to write about from the patch. However, as I discovered, this wasn’t to be the case and it turned out to be an awesome day with another four species added to the site and like yesterday, one of the species being a lifer. Gray Hawk, Bronzed Cowbird and Red-billed Dove, were all well over due to turn up and Bronzy Hermit The lifer was a White-throated Flycatcher.
Justin, who is staying at the same hostel as me and I went birding with two days ago, joined me this morning and at the end of the day, he had a very big smile on his face. The first bird of the morning was only the secord record of a Uniform Crake near the entrance along one of the many channels. The White-lined Tanager was still in the same area as yesterday by the east pond but it wasn’t until less than two hours later, at the west side, that we came across a number of birds of note. An Orchard Oriole and a small group of Northern Oriole were hanging out with 2 stonking male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. First time that I’ve seen grosbeaks in full summer plumage and that’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed longer to hopefully see some North American species in breeding plumage. At the edge of the primary forest there were single Yellow-bellied and Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Black and White Warbler, Streaked-headed Woodcreeper, Wood Thrush and 2 Rufous-tailed Jacamar and 2 Orange-billed Sparrow. Justin said that he had an antshrike low down in cover on the border with the banana plantation and immediately identified it as a male Faciated Antshrike! There was no sign of yesterdays female that was with it and reckoned that this was probably the male that I head also yesterday coming from the area of the banana plantation. We ventured into the isolated pocket of the forest and kicked the second record of Chucks-will’s Widow from the heavily dead leafed path in front of us. Justin spotted the first site record of a Two-toed Sloth after we just had very good views of a Three-toed Sloth nearby. Otherwise it was pretty quiet inside with the usual suspects.
We left the forest and hit the river. Here we had another 2 Rufous-tailed Jacamar, single Broad-billed Motmot and feeding over the water, a Bronzy Hermit, quickly followed by Justin getting me on a Gray Hawk overhead. Hunger got the better of us and just after mid-day, we made the two minute walk back to our digs.
My first patch record of a Two-toed Sloth was in the primary forest.
All together we had up to 3 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
The first record of Gray Hawk was this adult that Justin spotted near to the river
We returned shortly after 15.00 and decided to do the large east weedy field. A single Indigo Bunting were with the good numbers of grassquits and seedeaters but above were 2 Gray and a single Short-tailed Hawk. A male Barred Antshrike was followed by the second record of Yellow-cowled Oriole was on the edge of the field and the only woodpecker of the day, was a Olivaceous Piculet. Under the large Mallows, there was a White-throated Flycatcher very briefly before disappearing and the 2 Dark-striped Sparrow were on show near to the north pond. As we made our ways from the pond towards the SE corner of the site, I couldn’t believe our luck after the Faciated Antshrike when I shouted that I’ve got a male Great Antshrike! This was a species that Justin so wanted to see and it gave crippling views at close range as it moved midway through the trees. As I located it the same undergrowth as the individual nearly a month ago, surely this is the same male rather than a different one. Who knows? Light was fading fast and in trees some 40 Bonzed Cowbird were roosting with Red-winged Blackbird. The cowbird was a new species for the patch after seeing a single one earlier on. We finished a cracking day off with Russet-napped Wood Rail calling and a male Common Pauraque on the path we were returning on.
After the first site record of Gray Hawk earlier on, we got two more together overhead and I’m guessing that this might become a regular raptor as they are starting to move through
Secord site record of Yellow-cowled Oriole was next to the large weedy field
When observed You could clearly see the white throat on the White-throated Flycatcher which you can still make out from this record shot
After seeing a male Faciated Antshrike earlier on in the morning, I couldn’t of predicted that was would also get a male Antshrike on the same day!!
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