Migrants in Panama
Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:11 PM
Here is a short video of the Northern Waterthrush foraging; don't know what he's eating.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:31 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:03 PM
This is a great time here! Some of the birds that come through are transient and head even farther south. The Eastern and Gray Kingbirds didn't seem to stay and I don't think the number of Yellow Warblers and Prothonotarys stayed high last year. I will pay more attention to what goes on this fall.
My favorites, and the birds I spend the most time on are the Empidonax species. I got good views of an Empid yesterday. I am going to post a link to my blog about this sighting rather than copy text and attach photos to duplicate it here. Many of you North Americans are much more familiar with these guys than I am and I would love to hear thoughts. Apparently, the Willow and Alder behave in a like manner in their wintering and transient grounds--don't know if differences other than calls can be made by behavior on their breeding grounds. The Alders are not know to winter here and head farther south, while a small amount of Willows may stay the winter (mainly on the Pacific slope). Most Willows go father south, but they don't go as far south as the Alders (even though they might not go as far north when they returen to breeding grounds. I hope to see and ID an Acadian this season; they are supposed to be the most numerous wintering empids here. I don't have one on my list and would love to get one before we leave. We don't have Acadian in CA. The Empids I would expect to see in my area of Panama are: Acadian, Yellow-bellied, Alder and Willow. I'm sure I will be posting in the ID section soon--especially for help with possible Acadian or Yellow-beliied.
Link to my Empid blog post with photos:
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