Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our Antiest Day Yet

Sunday morning we went back, yet again, to Pipeline Road. We saw a lot of ants, some antbirds, antwrens, antshrikes - it was great.

Our amigo, Jorge Griffeth, arrived Saturday afternoon. We picked him up at Tocumen. He arrived looking like an experienced, professional traveler, with no checked bags - just a wheelie and a small bag for his laptop. We made a quick stop at El Rey for some staples, then drove directly to Sharon's. She and Kathy prepared a fine dinner for us, and we all retired early.

So we headed to Pipeline about 6:30 AM on Sunday July 26th, stopping at the usual spot in Gamboa for the Bat Falcon and spotting a few Southern Lapwings along the way. We drove in as far as we could, and began the walk. It was not constantly hopping, but we all felt happy and satisfied by the end of the morning.

Among the birds we saw were Dot-winged Antwrens, White-flanked Antwrens, Checker-throated Antwrens, Western Slaty Antshrikes, Dusky Antbirds, Spotted Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbirds, a female Fasciated Antshrike on a nest, Ruddy-tailed Flycatchers, Plain Xenops, Plain Brown Woodcreeper, Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Squirrel Cuckoo, Double-toothed Kite, Common Tody-Flycatchers, Blue Dacnis, Thick-billed Euphonias, and many others of the common species. I think Jorge feels like his feet are wet. Tomorrow we will head to the Canopy Tower.

all photos © 2009 George Griffeth

1 comment:

  1. No checked bags - I am in awe! (nice birdlist too)