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Day 8: The Quest for the Quetzal, Part II

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Hi all,

Today my dad and I took an intense birding tour with a knowledgable guide in hopes of sighting a Resplendent Quetzal. Here are pictures from the trip, and results from the day can be found at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Gray-headed Flycatcher
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Baltimore Oriole (male)
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Yellow-crowned Euphonia (female)
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Blue-gray Tanagers
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Blackburnian Warbler (female)
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Violet-headed Hummingbird (male)
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Tufted Flycatcher
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Red-faced Spinetail
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Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
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Violet-headed Hummingbird (male)
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Prong-billed Barbet
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Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher
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Yellow-thighed Finch
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Collared Redstart
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So, it was a fabulous day of birdwatching, but the Resplendent Quetzal was a no-show. I will have to come back to Panama again when I'm older.

Here is the bird species list for today.

  • **Indicates a life bird

Cattle Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk

  • **Barred Hawk

Great Black-hawk

  • **Black Hawk-eagle

Ruddy Ground-dove
Green Violet-ear

  • **Violet-headed Hummingbird
  • **Snowy-bellied Hummingbird
  • **Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
  • **Purple-throated Mountain-gem
  • **White-bellied Mountain-gem
  • **Magnificent Hummingbird

Scintillant Hummingbird

  • **Prong-billed Barbet

Red-crowned Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Smoky-brown Woodpecker

  • **Red-faced Spinetail
  • **Spotted Barbtail
  • **Ruddy Treerunner
  • **Streak-breasted Treehunter
  • **Lineated Foliage-gleaner
  • **Spotted Woodcreeper
  • **Streak-headed Woodcreeper
  • **Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
  • **Yellow-bellied Elaenia
  • **Paltry Tyrannulet
  • **Tufted Flycatcher
  • **Dark Pewee
  • **Yellowish Flycatcher

Black Phoebe
Great Kiskadee
Social Flycatcher

  • **Gray-capped Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

  • **Brown-capped Vireo
  • **Rufous-browed Peppershrike

Plain Wren
House Wren

  • **Ochraceous Wren
  • **Gray-breasted Wood-wren
  • **Black-faced Solitaire
  • **Ruddy-capped Nightingale-thrush
  • **Mountain Thrush

Clay-colored Thrush
Tropical Mockingbird

  • **Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher

Tennessee Warbler
Flame-throated Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Slate-throated Redstart

  • **Collared Redstart

Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler

  • **Black-cheeked Warbler
  • **Common Bush-tanager
  • **Cherrie's Tanager

Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager

  • **Spangle-cheeked Tanager

Red-legged Honeycreeper

  • **Slaty Flowerpiercer
  • **Yellow-thighed Finch

Summer Tanager
Flame-colored Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
Thick-billed Euphonia

  • **Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Elegant Euphonia
Yellow-bellied Siskin

  • **Lesser Goldfinch

81 species, 41 life birds. This means that I have now identified 418 species of birds in my life, up from 377 yesterday.

So, a great day of birding, and now I will list my nemesis-bird-of-the-day and my best birds-of-the-day.

The nemesis bird for today was definitely the Resplendent Quetzal, with Three-wattled Bellbird, Snowcap, and Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher close behind it as conspicuous no-shows. At least I will get a chance to see the Three-wattled Bellbird in Bocas del Toro.

My best birds of the day were Black Hawk-eagle, Purple-throated and White-bellied Mountain-gems, Red-faced Spinetail, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Black-and-Yellow Silky-flycatcher, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Canada Warbler, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Yellow-thighed Finch, and Yellow-crowned, Elegant, and Thick-billed Euphonias.

What a wonderful day of birdwatching.

Stay tuned--tomorrow we travel to our beach house near Bocas del Toro.

Happy birding!

Henry

Posted by skwclar 18:44 Archived in Panama

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These birds are beautiful Henry.

by Donna Rowsell

Henry,
What an amazing list! Good luck on your continued quest for a quetzal!
Mrs. Nelson

by Sondra Nelson

Hi Henry,

Wow Henry, I can tell you are having a great trip. Now I am sure you will reach 1000 birds . Are you still going to be in panama or a another country?

Good Birding,
Eddie

by Eddie Kasper

A great excuse to go back to lovely Panama!

by Sarah Hoffman

Hi Henry,

How many hummingbird species have you seen?

Good Birding,
Eddie

by Eddie Kasper

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