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the birds of gamboa resort hotel, panama on the morning of june 16, 2003

2003-06-18 - 12:39 a.m.

photo © 2003 by Roger Williams, all rights reserved

chestnut mandibled toucan, adult male This page is a list of the bird species I saw on the morning of June 16 just puttering around the Gamboa Resort Hotel. My trip list for my visit to Panama can be found by clicking right here, and a full trip report can be found by clicking right here.

It was a hot, humid morning, with brief bursts of rain. June is part of the rainy season, called "winter" in Panama. I made these observations by walking through the parking lot, down behind the hotel, and along the Chagres River to the marina and slightly beyond to a guardpost near the canal. When visiting Gamboa Resort, don't be embarrassed to check out the powder puff trees in the parking lot, as they attract many hummingbirds and other small birds. I noticed the Mangrove Swallow perched on the bridge on the drive out of the resort.

Magical Moments:

  • A courting pair of Yellow-Headed Caracara, with the smaller male especially "singing" in his wild, eerie, raptorish cry, while the female snuggled up and "shivered" for food
  • An explosion of Red-Lored Amazons, probably numbering in the hundreds of birds, departing from their roosts and flying over my head toward the mountains
  • A Rufescent Tiger Heron which landed nearby on silent wings as I approached the marina
  • A Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan male calling proudly from a tree near the parking lot, attracting the attention of a Keel-Billed Toucan, who approached with the apparent intention of disputing the chestnut mandible's claim, but who then changed his mind and tried to slip away unobserved when he saw the huge size of this male
The List of Species:

  1. Brown Pelican
  2. Neotropical Cormorant
  3. Anhinga
  4. Rufescent Tiger Heron
  5. Great Egret
  6. Black-Crowned Night Heron
  7. Black Vulture
  8. Turkey Vulture
  9. Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
  10. Yellow-Headed Caracara
  11. Gray-Headed Chachalaca with young
  12. Purple Gallinule
  13. Common Moorhen
  14. Wattled Jacana
  15. Pale-Vented Pigeon
  16. White-Tipped Dove
  17. Gray Chested Dove
  18. Orange Chinned Parakeet
  19. Red Lored Amazon
  20. Sapphire Throated Hummingbird
  21. Rufous Tailed Hummingbird
  22. Keel-Billed Toucan
  23. Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan
  24. Cocoa or Buff-Throated Woodcreeper
  25. Yellow-Crowned Tyrannulet
  26. Common Tody-Flycatcher
  27. Black Headed Tody-Flycatcher
  28. Panama Flycatcher - adult with fledgling
  29. Lesser Kiskadee
  30. Gray-Capped Flycatcher
  31. Streaked Flycatcher
  32. Tropical Kingbird
  33. Scrub Greenlet
  34. Gray-Breasted Martin
  35. Mangrove Swallow
  36. Southern Rough-Winged Swallow
  37. Buff-Breasted Wren
  38. Plain Wren
  39. House Wren
  40. Clay-Colored Robin
  41. Tropical Mockingbird
  42. Crimson-Backed Tanager
  43. Blue-Gray Tanager
  44. Palm Tanager
  45. Red-Legged Honeycreeper, male
  46. Variable Seedeater
  47. Yellow-Bellied Seedeater
  48. Lesser (Thick-Billed) Finch
  49. Black-Headed Saltator
  50. Great-Tailed Grackle
  51. Bronzed Grackle

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