2nd March 2022
After relocated yesterdays White-throated Flycatcher, Justin went and found us a lifer in the shape of this Willow Flycatcher under the tall mallows on the east side of the patch.
When am I goin to get a break from doin a post on here? The patch just keeps on giving and today it turned up four new patch ticks, Great Black Hawk, Cinnamon Becard and well over due, Cattle Egret and another lifer included another Empidonax flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher!
After yesterdays awesome day, Justin was eager to join me this morning for a few hours on the patch. We only covered the east and west side of the sight and on the former area of note we got a single Wood Thrush, Orchard and 2 Black-cowled Oriole, 2 Tropical Wood Pewee, 2 Orange-billed Sparrow and 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak. However, it was the west side that produced the lifer. Justin relocated the White-throated Flycatcher, got a pic before it disappeared. We spent some time trying to find it and ended up under the tall mallows where there were a single Dark-striped Sparrow and Olivaceous Piculet and 2 Mourning Warbler. Justin took his time getting pics of a Common Tody Flycatcher while I continued through the maze of Mallows. A few minutes later, Justin showed me a BOC shot of a greyish Empidonax flycatcher. I could see that it wasn’t the White-throated and after searching for a few minutes, I relocated it perched low down. It was calling regularly and by the long tail and primaries, I strongly thought that it was probably a Willow Flycatcher. This was confirmed from recordings on the Ebird app that we listened to while the flycatcher was still vocal. Ideal! A Boat-billed Heron turned up in the same tree where they’ve always roosted at the west pond where there was also a pair of Green Kingfisher and single Green Heron, Green Ibis and the daily Great Egret. Justin had to get back to the hostel for mid-day and at the entrance of the patch, I spotted 2 Great Black Hawk circling just NW of the hostel. That’s now three new raptors added to the patch list in a equal number of days.
A pair of Green Kingfisher, including this male, showed off superbly at close range on the west pond
This Willow Flycatcher showed well in the tall mallows on the east side of the patch
2 Great Black Hawk were the third new species of raptor added to the patch list in equal number of days
A few hours later, I returned on my own and with some of the species I observed, the weather played it’s part. First I hit the River Danta and after flushing a Bare-throated Tiger Heron, I spotted a Cinnamon Becard very briefly nearby. After hearing a few individuals of the latter species but not seeing a single one while in Peruto Jimenze, I guess this was also a new species. The 2 Rufous-tailed Jacamar were still present but in cover on the river bank was yesterdays male Great Antshrike! An hour later, I was at the east side again and the sky was turning dark and there was a light shower for a few minutes. I looked skywards and sure enough, 2 Vaux Swift flew low west. The next ten minutes 5 White-collard and a single Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, 2 Barn Swallow and 2 Grey-breasted Martin. This was followed just before dark by some 15 Shiney Cowbird and 6 Cattle Egret, NW over the east pond goin to roost and would you believe it, the egrets were a patch tick.
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
After only hearing them while in Peruto Jimenze, I never thought I would see my first Cinnamon Becard on the patch
It appears that there are only 2 American Redstart on site
The male Golden-winged Warbler was still present at the edge of the primary forest.
After returning back to observing the patch three days ago, as expected Yellow and Chestnut Warbler have slightly increased as they move north and I’m also hoping that there will be other migrant species moving through the patch on their northly migration like the Empidonax flycatchers that have already done. Other resident species have also increased including Cinnamon Saltator from the max of 4 before I left to over 10. And the same for Clay-coloured Thrush. From less than 10 to now up to 20-25. Also noted is White-winged Dove with a single record in the three weeks of watching the patch to 2 yesterday and a flock of 11, SE and yesterday, the first site record of Red-billed Pigeon.
The Three-toed Sloth was still hanging out by the river
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