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Daniel Saenz and his bird spotting in GranAzul

April 12th, 2020

Birds of Panama

 

The Birds of Panama, A field guide by George R.Angehr and Robert Dean, Daniel Saenz tells us about his bird spotting over the past years.

Azuero parakeets

 

Translated Audio recording of Daniel Saenz on birds. 

February 14 and 15, 2020

Attending: Daniel Saenz, Diana Moreno, biologist, Hector Barria, volunteer, Marco Bueninck, photographer, Anja van Ditmarsch.

Pages refer to The Birds of Panama  

1. Great Tinamou (Tinamus major) Page 2
2. Little Tinamou (Crypturellus soui) page 2
3. El pijije alas blancas (Dendrocygna autumnalis) Page 4
4. El pato criollo (Cairina moschata) Page 4
5. Anas discors female in the Rio Cobachon Page 6
6. Crax rubra killed for meat Page 10
7. Crested bobwhite (Colinus cristatus) Page 14
8. Pied-billed-grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Page 14
9. Red-billed tropic bird Young (Pheathon athereus) Page 18
10. El pelícano pardo February 2015 (Pelecanus occidentalis) Page 22
11. El cormorán neotropical Pedasi (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)page 24
12. La fragata común (Fregata magnificens) Page 24
13. La garza tigrillo (Tigrisoma mexicanum) Page 26
14. La garza bueyera (Bubulcus ibis) Page 30
15. El Martinete cucharón 26/1/2019 (Cochlearius cochlearius) Page 32
16. El Tántalo Americano 2019 (Mycteria americana) Page 32
17. El ibis blanco americano (Eudocimus albus) Page 34
18. El Buitre negro americano (Coragyps atratus) Page 36
19. El Buitre Cabecirroja (Cathartes aura) page 36
20. El gallinazo Rey (Sarcoramphus papa) Page 36
21. El águila pescadora (Pandion haliaetus) Page 38
22. El repobardo (Campsonyc swainsonii) Page 38
23. El elanio tijereta. Spotted almost 9. (Elanoides forficatus) Page 40
24. El gavilán cangrejero colorado (Buteogallus meridionalis) Page 46
25. El halcón blanco (Leucopternis albicollis) Page 46
26. El gran halcón negro Rio Orillo(Buteogallus urubitinga) Page 48
27. Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus) Page 50
28. El águila crestada Cerro Hoya (Morphnus guianensis) Page 54
29. El águila azor negra (Spizaetus tyrannus) Page 54
30. El halcón montés collarejo (Micrastur semitorquatus) Page 56
31. El carancho norteño Settled 02/04/2016 (Caracara cheriway) Page 58
32. El halcón murcielaguero (Falco rufigularis) Page 60
33. El halcón peregrino.Eats chicken (Falco peregrinus) Page 60
34. El pavito de agua 23/4/08 (Eurypyga helias) page 60
35. Grey-necked-wood- rail (Aramides cajanea) Page 62
36. La gallareta morada (Porphyrio martinica) Page 66
37. El caraú 23/3/13 (Aramus guarauna) Page 68
38. El tero. Spotted a mother with two chicks in Cobachon 17/05/2017 (Vanellus chilensis) Page 68
39. El ostrero común americano (Haematopus palliatus) Page 70
40. La jacana común spotted the young in Cobachon and the adults in Cambutal (Jacana jacana) Page 72
41. La paloma oscura (Patagioenas goodsoni) Page 100
42. Mourning Dove 26/6/19 (Zenaida macroura) Page 102
43. Tórtola pecho liso in the meadows (Columbina minuta) Page 104
44. La tortolita azulada (Claravis pretiosa) Page 104
45. La paloma titibu (Leptotila verreauxi) Page 106
46. La paloma montaraz de Coiba Endemic (Leptotila battyi) Page 106
47. La paloma perdiz común Cobachon and Portobelo (Geotrygon montana) Page 108
48. El perico carato. I spotted groups between 40 and 50 and smaller groups of 14 to 25 en finca GranAzul (Pirrhura eisenmanni) Page 110
49. El perico frente rojo. Sedentary. Groups of 60 (Aratingo finschi). Page 110
50. El perico cara sucia Cambutal (Bolborhynchus lineola) Page 110
51. La guacamaya bandera Years ago I spotted them but not anymore. The initial group was probably too small: approx 4. The birds are hunted for their feathers and their nests are destroyed by logging. (Ara macao) Page 112
52. El guacamayo verde I spotted groups of 30 They eat the nance seeds (Byrsonima crassifolia). (Ara ambiguus) Page 112
53. El periquito bronceado (Brotogeris jugularis) Page 114
54. El lorito encapuchado o loro marrón encapuchado. They feeding on the plantains in the farms (Pyrilia haematotis).Page 114
55. El loro amazónico. I spotted uptil 43 birds in a group (Amazona farinosa) Page 116
56. El loro moñi amarillo. Spotted in Cambutal (Amazona ochrocephala) Page 116
57. El cuclillo de manglar (Coccyzus minor) Page 118
58. El cuco guaquita de monte (Piaya cayana) Page 120
59. El cucu listado (Tapera naevia) Page 120
60. El cuclillo faisán. To be seen in Cerro Hoya (Dromococcyx phasianellus) Page 120
61. El garrapatero aní (Crotophaga ani) Page 122
62. La lechuza común. Spotted only en Playa Verde (Tyto alba) Page 122
63. El lechuzón de anteojos. Lives in Cobachon.Officially not mentioned in Field Guide (Pulsatrix perspicillata) Page 124
64. El mochuelo. (Glaucidium brasilianum) page 126
65. El pauraque. Punta Seca (Nyctidromus albicollis) Page 132
66. El ermitaño moteado ( Phaethornis yarugui) Page 138
67. El Ermitaño Golirrayado (Phaethornis striigularis) Page 140
68. El colibrí de Cuvier ( Phaecochroa cuverii) Page 142
69. El colibrí morado (Campylopterus hemileucurus) Page 142
70. El mango de Veragua. 13/08/2015 (Anthracothorax veraguensis) Page 144
71. El trogón violáceo (Trogon violaceus) Page 160
72. El surucuá amarillo (Trogon rufus) Page 160
73. Trogón (Trogon bairdii) page 160
74. El trogón grande (Trogon massena) Page 162
75. El momoto amazónico. They make holes in the ground for nests (Momotus momota) Page 166
76. El martín martín pescador de collar (Megaceryle torquata) Page 168
77. El martín pescador chico (Chloroceryle americana) Page 168
78. El buco. Only spotted in Portobelo (Malacoptila panamensis) page 170
79. El tucán pico iris (Ramphastos sulfuratus) page 176
80. El carpintero moñi colorado (Campephilus melanoleucos) Page 184
81. El pijuí pechiblanco (Synallaxis albescens) Page 186
82. El batará barrado (Thamnophilus doliatus) Page 202
83. El batará negruzco. Endemic in Costa Rica and the Pacific coast (Thamnophilus bridgesi) Page 104
84. El mosquero real Spotted in 2013(Onychorhynchus coronatus) Page 234
85. El bienteveo rayado (Myiodynastes maculatus) Page 252
86. La tijereta sabanera (Tyrannus savana) Page 256
87. El anambé aliblanco (Pachyramphus polychopterus) Page 260
88. El anambé degollado Have their nest in the Madrono tree (Calycophyllum candidissimum) (Pachyramphus aglaiae) Page 262
89. El titira enmascarado o puerquito (Tityra semifasciata) Pagae 262
90. El campanero tricarunculado (Procnias tricarunculatus) Page 266
91. El saltarín cuellinaranja. Spotted in 2013 (Manacus aurantiacus) Page 268
92. El saltarín de barba blanca. Spotted in 2011 and 2014 (Corapipo altera) Page 270
93. El saltarín cabecirrojo norteño. Spotted in 2009 in the hight foresto Cobachon (Ceratopipra mentalis) Page 270
94. El saltarín lanceolado (Chiroxiphia lanceolata) Page 270
95. El vireón cejirrufo (Cyclarhis gujanensis) Page 278
96. Urraca de pecho negro (Cyanocorax affinis) Page 280
97. Cucarachero rojizo (Thryophilus rufalbus) Page 292
98. La perlita tropical (Polioptila plumbea) Pagae 298
99. El bisbita amarillento .Spotted in 2019 (Anthus lutescens) Page 306
100. Perlita mielera (Dendroica petechia) Page 312
101. La candelita norteña (Setophaga ruticilla) Page 320
102. Reinita hornera (Seiurus aurocapilla) Page 322
103. Reinita (Phaeothlypis fulvicauda) Page 330
104. La tangara rosada. Spotted in Cerro Hoya(Rhodinocichla rosea) Page 334
105. Sangre de toro (Ramphocelus dimidiatus) Page 340
106. Azulejo (Thraupis episcopus) Page 342
107. azulejo de palmeras (Thraupis palmarum) Page 342
108. La tangara cabecidorada (Tangara larvata) Page 346
109. El mielero verde (Chlorophanes spiza) Page 348
110. El certiola de patas amarillas (Cyanerpes caeruleus) Page 348
111. El saltador de garganta canela (Saltator maximus) Page 350
112. El cerquero negrilistado. Very common in Cobachon (Arremonops conirostris) Page 362
113. La tángara rojinegra migratoria (Piranga olivacea) Page 364
114. El picogrueso pechirrosa (Pheucticus ludovicianus) Page 370
115. El realejo negro (Cyanocompsa cyanoides) Page 370
116. El gorrión común Spotted in Panama (Passer domesticus) Page 372
117. La loica pechirroja (Sturnella militaris) Page 374
118. El turpial oriental (Sturnella magna) Page 374
119. Chango o talingo (Quiscalus mexicanus) Page 376
120. Vaquero brillante ( Molothrusbonariensis) Page 376
121. El turpial toche (Icterus chrysater) Page 378
122. La oropéndola de Baltimore Migratory (Icterus galbula) Page 380
123. Oropéndola. Migratory (Psarocolius decumanus) Page 382
124. La eufonia coroniamarilla (Euphonia luteicapilla) Page 384

Checklist Angehr

One of the many checklists marked by Daniel

 

Daniel: When you want to know birds you have to know their song

 

 

Unfortunately only few pieces were left of Daniel’s diaries.

 The few he showed us are translated here

Thursday, 15 Juy, 2010  Green Macaw

I was walking along the Cobachon river up to the finca of  E. and I could see 3 green macaws eating Nance  (Byrsonima crassifolia)seeds . This was around 3 in the afternoon.

Saturday, 06 August, 2016. Shiny Cowbird

We could see a bird in my garden. ( Cobachon) This bird was totally black and it is possible that it was a  Vaquero birllante (Molothrus bonariensis) . There was only 1 bird.

Azuero Parakeets Monday, 11 November, 2013

I could see the parakeets at Sander’s finca.( GranAzul) They were eating Higueron ( Ficus insipida) . It was a group of about 25 parakeets. This was at 11 in the morning. I noticed the parakeets because they were singing.

Thursday, 13 February, 2020

There was a group of parakeets at Sander’s finca ( GranAzul)  in the orange orchard. They were eating Higueron . It was noon.

 

 

Daniel spotted the following birds feeding from these trees:

Trees Azuero parakeets feed from:

Scientific Name                                 Local Name
Croton draco                                      Sangrillo
Ficus insipida                                    Higueron
Pseudobambax septinatum               Barricon

 

Trees Parrots & Macaws feed from:

Scientific Name                                   Local Name
Ceiba pentranda                                 Ceibo, Bongo
Hura crepitans                                    Tronador, Nuno, Havillo
Terminalia oblonga                             Gujabo de Montana
Byrsonima crassifolia                          Nance

 

 

 

Birds Spotted in Gran Azul Panama

March 31st, 2016

In the  ten days that I spent in Gran Azul I took some time with  Daniel asking  him to  tell me about the birds he spots.  Before answering my question Daniel explains to me: “ if you want to know  birds you first have to know their song.”  And indeed, he calls the birds imitating their sound and they answer….  Daniel has bird watched – as you know – with George R. Angehr, who mentions Daniel in his “ A bird finding Guide to Panama” on page 182. With the following list which I got from Daniel I will refer to the pages of George R. Angehr’s book “ The birds of Panama- a field guide.”

First of all Daniel asked me to be sure to mention that he has spotted the Spectacled Owl ( Pulsatrix perspicillata) in Gran Azul. In the field guide Gran Azul is not mentioned but Daniel is absolutely certain and would like to contact George Angehr.

From “Wikipedia”

Here follows Daniel’s list as he gave it to me and therefore not in any order other than what he remembers. I will write the Panamanian name first , the common name in black, the scientific name in italics followed by the   page in the field guide.

Batara, Black-hooded Antshrik, Thamnophilus bridgesi, page 204.

Perlitos, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Polioptilaplumbea, page 298.

Ivis, White Ibis, Eudocimus albus, page 34.

Pico Amarillo, Keel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus, page 176.

Martinpescador grande, Ringed Kingfisher, Megaceryletorquata.

Halcon, Collard Forest-Falcon, Micrastursemitorquatus, page 56.

Loros casanga de pico negro, Blue-headed Parrot, Pionus menstruus, page 116.

Loro Glatanero, Brown-hooded Parrot, Pyrilia haematotus, page 114, ( solo en el meses de diciembre a febrero).

Garsa Blancas, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax,  Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nyctanassa violacea,  Boat-billed Heron, Cochlearius cochlearius  page 32.

Garsa Tigra,  Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Tigrisoma fasciatum, page 26.

 

Carpintero, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Melanerpes rubricapillus, page 1

Carpentero, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Campephilus melanoleucos, page 184.

Oropendolas, Crested Oropendola, Psarocolius decumanus, page 382.

Cormorant, Neotropic Cormorant, Phalocrocorax  brasilianus, page 24.

Yellow Headed Caracalla, Yellow –headed  Caracara, Milvago chimachima, page 58.

Stripe Throated Hermit, Stripe-throated Hermit, Phaethornis striigularis, page 140 (Este lo vi atras del rancho de Sander).

Masked Tityra, Masked Tityra, Tityra semifasciata, page 262. ( en Galeta )

Squirrell Cuckoo, Squirrel Cuckoo, Piaya cayana, page 120. (en Galeta)

Little Cuckoo, Little Cuckoo, Coccycua minuta, page 120.

White Howk, White Hawk, Leucopternis albicollis, page 46. ( Jaime, Emanuel and I spotted this bird last week in a tree close to our rancho).

Mealy Parrot,  Mealy Parrot, Amazona farinose, page 116.

Great Green Macaw, Great Green Macaw, (Ara ambiguous), page 112.( recently saw a group of 13 Macaws).

Striped Cuckoo,  Striped Cuckoo, Tapera naevia, page 120.

Barred Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Thamnophilus doliatus, page 202.

Rufus browed Peppershrike, Rufus-browed Peppershrike, Cyclarhis gujanensis, page 278.

Mangrove Cuckoo, Mangrove Cuckoo, Coccyzus minor, page 118. ( only for a couple of months a year but Daniel is not sure when)

Azuero periquito, Azuero Parakeet, Pyrrhura eisenmanni, page 110.

Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Trogon violaceus, page 160.

Trogon,  Slaty-tailed Trogon, Trogon Massena, page 162.

Lance tailed Manakin, Lance-tailed Manakin, Chiroxiphia lanceolata,page 270.

Red capped Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Pipra mentalis, page 270.

 

Daniel assures me that there are many more  he forgot to mention. Like the Flycatchers as he says:  “no me gusta este flycatcher, muy complicado y pequeno. ”

 

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GranAzul and introducing Daniel

February 25th, 2014

 

 

Crossing a river

Just before entering Cobachon we see on our right the impressive mountains of the national park Cerro Hoya, seemingly very close in the clear morning light.

Cerro Hoya

While visiting the pasture we saw a King Vulture and three Green Macaws at close range. The King Vulture was amongst many Black Vultures feeding on a dead snake. The Green Macaws were feeding on the fruits of a nearby Sandbox tree (Hura crepitans).

 

The next day Daniel showed me a turtle egg nursery where he has planted eggs that he had saved from poachers. He said it was a very rare species to be seen laying in this area, the Green sea turtle (Chelonias mydas).

Turtle eggs

Daniel saving turtle eggs from poachers

Walking toward the beach we see tracks of a marine turtle that has come to lay its eggs. Daniel immediately erases with his slippers the tracks so poachers will not find the eggs– unfortunately still highly desired as being an aphrodisiac. By the look of the tracks, and the various holes the turtle dug, Daniel surmises it to be a Caguama ( I have to find the Latin name and apologize for not having done so yet). This incident with the turtle tracks gives me an opportunity to properly introduce Daniel Saenz. He is not only very valuable in doing the necessary manual labor such as building ranchos, fences, servicios (toilets) and water systems, but even more importantly he knows the fauna and flora of this area as few others do. Let me quote George R. Angehr in his book A Bird- Finding Guide to PANAMA, page 182, “ There are only a few houses in El Cobachon. Daniel Saenz, who lives there, is an excellent guide to the area. Daniel can help to hire horses and make other arrangements.”

Before leaving  we all have lunch in our rancho. Daniel leafs through our new bird field guide ( A field guide to Birds of Panama, by Goerge R. Angher) which is a follow up on the book I mentioned earlier.

Daniel points out special birds he sees regularly on Gran Azul, such as the Azuero Parakeet (Phyrrhura eisenmann),  and the Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus), of which a pair has a nest in one of the Cuipo trees.  Apparently the poaching of these magnificent birds has decreased as Daniel regularly sees flocks flying over. Just last week he counted a flock of thirteen Green Macaws.