Tuesday, 12 April 2022

12 April, 2022 Sea-watching from Birling Gap Mainly overcast mild SE-E 2-3

12th April, 2022 Sea-watching from Birling Gap. 06.05-10.05, We joined RAB and KG at 06.30 and stayed until 10.00. Still an interesting morning but not as hetic as the previous two mornings, at least it was warmer this morning. Once again birds were mainly moving E unless otherwise stated.

Red-throated Diver 60. Black-throated Diver 1 @ 07.00,  Gannet 177, Brent Goose 59, Shelduck 7 with 1 W, Shoveller 15, Teal 8, Eider 15, Velvet Scoter 6, Common Scoter 728, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Whimbrel 13, Black-headed Gull 70, Little Gull 3, Mediterranean Gull 30, Kittiwake c100, Sandwich Tern 565, Common/Arctic Tern 4, Black Tern 1, Arctic Skua 22, Pomarine Skua 1 @ 08.20, Razorbill/Guillemot 63.

Carrion Crow 1 in off the sea, Swallow 1 in off the sea.

The Pomarine Skua is just our earliest Spring record, our previous earliest records were in 1967 13E on the 13/4 and 2003 8E on the 14/4.

Just part of the Eider flock.


Monday, 11 April 2022

11th April, 2022 Sea-watch at Birling Gap, Beachy Head

11th April, 2022 Sea-watch at Birling Gap. Cold, overcast SE-E strong. 06.05-10.45

We joined RAB, KE and LP for an excellent movement E of sea-birds etc.for majority of the morning. We were also joined by RKH, RES and KH for some of the time. Once again many thanks to RAB for collecting the numbers of birds moving. We arrived at 06.50 and departed at 10.20. The following numbers includes birds seen before our arrival and after we had departed. All birds moving E unless otherwise stated.

Shelduck 37, Garganey 4, Shoveller 95, Gadwall 14, Wigeon 12, Mallard 2, Pintail 18, Teal 85, Pochard 5, Tufted Duck 11, Velvet Scoter 27, Common Scoter 686, Red-breasted Merganser 13, Red-throated Diver 4, Black-throated Diver 1, Gannet 469, & 4 W, Avocet 3, Whimbrel 52, Curlew 3, Dunlin 3, Black-headed Gull 21, Mediterranean Gull 28, Sandwich Tern c900, Common/Arctic Tern 27, Arctic Skua 5, Auk Sp. 134, Peregrine 1





Sunday, 10 April 2022

10th April, 2022 Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head

 Sea-watching Birling Gap 06.10 to 10.25 Fine sunny morning Wind light variable E to SE.

We joined RAB and KG at Birling Gap with a steady E. movement which petered out around 10.00am.

The following includes the birds seen by RAB and KG before our arrival at 07.00. All birds were moving  E unless otherwise stated., 

Gannet 6 and 1 W, Red-throated Diver 58 and 1 on the sea, Great-crested Grebe 1,  Brent Goose 13, Shelduck 8 and 3W, Common Scoter 360, Velvet Scoter 1, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Avocet 3, Mediterranean Gull 172, Black-headed Gull 11, Little Gull 172,  Sandwich Tern 90, Bonxie 1 Arctic Skua 2.


Mediterranean Gulls on the move off Birling Gap



Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head

Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head 22nd March, 2022. Fine and sunny and warm SE 1-2

Doreen and myself joined RAB and LP and we sea-watched from 06.00 to 11.00 and recorded the following species, virtually all moving East:

Little Egret 1,Gannet 6, Red-throated Diver 105, Black-throated Diver 1 @ 09.24, , Great-crested Grebe 1,  Brent Geese 1024, Grey-lag Goose 2 in off the sea, Pintail 100, Common Scoter 587, Red-breasted Merganser 8, Shoveler 12, Teal 10, Garganey 2 @ 9.07, Common Gull c50, Black-headed Gull c36, Mediterranean Gull 11, Arctic Skua 1 @ 06.57, Curlew 2, Carrion Crow 1 in off the sea, Heron 1

Harbour Porpoise 2 and Grey Seal 1


The two Greylags arriving in off the sea at Birling.


Two Garganeys at the front with Pintail at the back of the group
passing out to sea off Birling Gap.


      Another picture of the two Garganeys.

Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head 23rd March, 2022, Misty out to sea otherwise fine and sunny.
Doreen and myself joined RAB and LP and we sea-watched from 06.20 to 09.35. Majority moving E.
Little Egret 1, Red-throated Diver 21 + 1 on the sea, Great-crested Grebe 1 on the sea. Gannet 4, Brent Geese 289, Common Scoter 438, Shoveler 23, Teal 7, Wigeon 1, Pintail 1, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Shelduck 3E, 1W and 2 prospecting, Common Gull 142, Lesser-Black Backed Gull 1, Black-headed Gull 39, Mediterranean Gull 9, Sandwich Tern 3,  Carrion Crow 1 in off the sea, 














 

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head

16th March, 2022 Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head, Overcast, mild SE light breeze.

Observers: John. and  David Cooper Sea-watch time: 06.30 - 10.30

Brent Goose 147 E,  Red-throated Diver 27E and 3W, Gannet 61 E, Arctic Skua 1 E @ 06.50, Common Scoter 85 E,  Shoveler 1 E, Eider 1 drake E, Garganey 20 E (4@-07.25, 12 @ 07.35 & 4 @ 08.40), Pintail 18 E, Mallard 1 E, Mediterranean Gull 5 E, Great-crested Grebe 3 (2 on sea, 1 W) , Shelduck 2 W, Kittiwake 24 E (two tight parties on the move), Razorbill 3 (2 E 1 on the sea), Guillemot 1 on the sea, Alba Wagtail 3 in off the sea, Stonechat 4, Raven 1.

Comment: Garganey - 20 E is our largest day movement so far recorded at Beachy Head. Our previous best year was in 1973 when 16 moved E during the Spring sea-watches.

Drake Shoveler moving with Brent Geese

Pintail moving with some Brents.

Taken by David Cooper
Great-crested Grebe off Birling Gap

Taken by David Cooper
Red-throated Divers off Birling Gap











Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Sea-watching, Birling Gap, Beachy Head

Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head 8th March, 2022, 06.45-10.30

Doreen and myself joined RAB, & LP for an excellent easterly passage:

Brent Geese 890E , Common Scoter 104E, Wigeon 15 E, Red-throated Diver 23 E, Teal 9 E, Auk Sp. 15 E, Shoveler 13 E, Pintail exactly 100 E, Long-tailed Duck 1 E with 3 Scoter, Curlew 1.

Comments: The Long-tailed Duck, we have now recorded 13 records since 1960  with a total of 21 individual birds seen, and our last sighting was in 2010.

Pintail:  Other large movements of Pintail seen from Birling Gap : 1995 200 E on 10 March, and 2006 275 E in six hours of watching on the 13th March 2006.

Sea-watching Birling Gap, Beachy Head 15th March, 2022  07.00 - 10.30

David and myself joined RAB, LP and RJF, but very little movement recorded with a very light wind and fine weather. 07.00 to 10.30.

Red-throated Diver 37E (seven seen after RAB had left), Common Scoter 57 (nineteen seen after RAB had left), Shelduck 5 E and 2 W, Great-crested Grebe 3 E and 1 on the sea, Red-breasted Merganser 3 E, Black-headed Gull 38 E (after RAB had left), Mediterranean Gull 4 E (Two seen after RAB had left), Canada 3 E and W out to sea, Peregrine 1, Wagtail Sp 1 in off the sea,  Stonechat 3.




Friday, 11 March 2022

Panama 2008 Blog No. 6

 Panama 2008 Blog No. 6 will be our final blog on Panama.

We now continue with our trip to Panama by myself and Terry. All the photographs were taken by ourselves.

Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos Three subspecies. We recorded it on seven dates with a total of thirteen birds all at the Canopy Tower area. Stunning bird and views. Fairly common  in forest, second-growth woodland and borders in lowlands on both slopes. Range: Western Panama to northern Argentina and southeastern Brazil.

Male Crimson-backed Tanager Pamphocelus dimidiatus Four subspecies. Good numbers recorded at both locations with a daily maximum of thirty. In total we recorded 77 birds during our stay at both sites with a daily maximum of thirty on our change over day from the Canopy Lodge to Canopy Tower.Common in gardens, scrub, shrubby areas, and clearings. Range: western Panama to Columbia and western Venezuela.

displaying

Male Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus Just three seen which was on a visit to the Panama Canal area. One of the birds was displaying, as shown in the top picture. Uncommon in canopy and borders of forest and woodland and in clearings with large trees. Rather scarce and local in most of Panama. Range: Western Panama to Bolivia, northern Argentina and south eastern Brazil.

Common Tody Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum Just seen on six dates with seven birds seen. Common in clearings, shrubby areas, woodland borders, and gardens on both slopes to about 1500m. Range: Southeastern Mexico to Boliva and southeastern Brazil.

Common Bush Tanager Chlorospingus ophthamicus Twentysix subspecies. Just seen on three dates in the Canopy Lodge area with a total of twenty birds seen with a daily maximum of ten birds. Common to locally abundant in canopy and borders of humid forests and shrubby clearings. Range Central Mexico to Western Panama, Colombia and northern Venezuela to northwestern Argentina.

Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus Three subspecies. We recorded them at both sites on nine dates with a total of thirtytwo birds seen with a daily maximum of  seven. Common in forest, second-growth woodland and borders in lowlands and foothills.  to about 900m. Range: Southern Mexico to northwestern Venezuela  and western Ecuador.

Cocca Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus susurrans Eight subspecies. We recorded it on seven dates at both locations with a total of thirteen birds seen. This specie has recently been split from the Buff-throated Woodcreeper. Very common and widespread in the lowlands. Range: Guatemala to northern Bolivia and Amazonian and southeastern Brazil. (As this species has recently been split I have had to use the details under Buff-throated Woodcreeper).

Clay-coloured Robin Turdus grayi Nine subspecies. We recorded it virtually daily at both sites, although it appeared commoner in the Canopy Lodge area. In total we saw 90 birds with daily maximums of 30 and 20 both from the Canopy Lodge area. Very common in clearings gardens, lighter woodlands and open areas. In Panama it replaces the American Robin. Range: Central Mexico to northern Colombia.

Cinnamon Becard Pachyramphus cinnamomeus Four subspecies. We only recorded two on one day at the Canopy Tower area. Fairly common but somewhat local in woodland and forest boarders and clearings with scattered trees, to about 750m. Range: Southeastern Mexico to northwestern Venezuela and western Ecuador.

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos swainsonii. Just recorded it on three dates with five birds seen all in the Canopy Tower area. Fairly common to locally in more remote regions. common in forest and forest boarders in lowlands and foothills to about 900m. Range: Honduras to western Ecuador.

Brown Pelicans Pelecanus occidentalis. Five subspecies. On our journey to the Canopy Lodge we past a coastal area and up to 300 were seen. We also saw 10 in the Canopy Tower area. Abundant along Pacific coast especially in Panama Bay. Range: Coasts of southeastern and western U.S.A. to the Guianas and extrme northeastern Brazil and northern Peru.

Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum Six Subspecies. We saw them on four dates with seven birds involved, with three seen at the Canopy Lodge area and four at the Canopy Tower area. Fairly common in forest and second-growth woodland in lowlands. Range: Honduras to Boliva and central Brazil.
Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus Four subspecies Recorded on three dates with five birds seen from Canopy Tower lodge area. Common in humid montane forest, forest boarders and clearings.
Range: Central Mewxico to western Venezuela and southern Peru.

Blue and Grey Tanager Thraupis episcopus Fourteen subspecies. We recorded this Tanager virtually daily with a total of 98 birds seen at both locations with a daily maximum of 30. Abundant in gardens, shrubby clearings, second-growth woodland up to 1800m.in western highlands. One of the most familiar Panama birds. Range: Eastern Mexico to the Guianas, Brazil and northern Bolivia.

Male Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana Eight subspecies. Just recorded on five dates with eleven birds seen  in the Canopy Tower area. Common in second-growth woodland, forest boarders and clearings with scattered trees in more humid lowlands. Range: Southern Honduras to eastern Bolivia, northeastern Argentina and southern Brazil.


Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota We only recorded it on four dates with six seen at the Canopy Lodge area and on three dates at the Canopy Tower area with four birds being seen. Fairly common in forest and second-growth woodland in lowlands and lower foothills.and gallery woodland and clearings.Range: Eastern Mexico, to northern Argentina and southern Brazil.


Female Blue Continga Continga nattererii We recorded it on three dates with four birrds seen including 3 males but these were in the distance and only the female was close enough for photography. All the records were seen from the Canopy Tower area although they were some distance from the Tower. Uncommon in canopy and borders of humid forests and taller second-growth woodland. Range: Central Panama to northwestern  Venezuela and northwestern Ecuador.

Male Blue-chested Hummingbird Amazilia amabilis We recorded this hummingbird on nine days with a total of 23 birds although seen at both locations the majority were seen at the Canopy Tower area. Uncommon in lower growth of forest borders, second-growth woodland and clearings in lowlands. Range: Eastern Nicaragua to western Ecuador.

Blue and White Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca Three subspecies. We just saw this specie on one date and ten birds were present. These were seen in the Canopy Lodge area. Common in open areas and around habitations. The migratory race has been recorded as an irregular visitor to central and eastern Panama. Range: Costa Rica to central Panama.

Black Vultures Coragyps atratus feeding on a dead animal. Recorded daily and on some days large numbers were seen with a daily maximum of 1,000 and were present at both locations. Abundant in more or less inhabited and open country. Range: Central U.S.A., to central Chile and southern Argentina.
Black Vulture and Zone-tailed Hawk soaring around together.

Male Black-throated Trogan Trogon rufus Six subspecies. We recorded it on 4 days with a total of seven birds with two seen in the Canopy Lodge area and five in the Canopy Tower area. Fairly common in forest and mature second-growth woodland in more humid lowlands. Range: Honduras to eastern Peru, Paraguay, northeastern Argentina and southern Brazil.

Black Striped Sparrow Arremomops conirostris Seven subspecies. We recorded it on five dates with a total of six birds with five being seen in the Canopy Lodge area and only one in the Canopy Tower area. Common in shrubby clearings, woodland borders and thickets in lowlands to about 1650 m. Usually seen singly or in pairs. Range: Honduras to Venezuela, extreme northern Brazil and western Ecuador.
 
Black striped Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus lachrymostus Three subspecies. Just seen on two dates with two seen on both days, all sightings were made in the Canopy Tower area. Fairly common in humid forests and forest borders in lowlands and foothills up to 1050m. Range: Nicaragua to northwestern Ecuador.
Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps Six subspecies.We just recorded four on one date in the Canopy Tower area. 
Black-chested Jay Cyanocorax affinis Three subspecies. Recorded on seven dates with a total of eighteen birds and were seen in both locations. Locally uncommon to fairly common in forest and borders, second--growth woodlands. Range: Costa Rica to northern Colombia and Venezuela.

Male Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani We just recorded this Woodpecker on three dates totalling six birds all of which were seen in the Canopy Tower area. Common in forest, forest borders, and second-growth woodlands in lowlands. Range: Southern Mexico to western Ecuador.

Black-breasted Puffbird Notharchus pectoralis We just recorded this species on three dates with a total of five birds all of which were seen in the Canopy Tower area. Fairly common in humid forest and forest boarders in lowlands. Range: Central Panama to northwestern Ecuador. 

Bicoloured Antbird Gymnopithys leucapis Two subspecies. Recorded on two dates with nineteen birds were seen including fifteen on one date and were only seen in the Canopy Tower area. Uncommon in undergrowth of humid forests in lowlands. More numerious in the Canal area. and along the Pipeline Road. Range: Honduras to Northern Peru and northern Brazil.

Bay Wren  Thryothorus nigricapillus Seven subspecies Recorded on four dates with six birds seen, and birds were seen at both locations. Common in rank undergrowth near streams and roadsides. Range: Nicaragua to western Ecuador.

Male
Female
Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus Twelve subspecies. We recorded it on four dates with a total of seven birds seen, and they were seen at both locations. Fairly common in dense thickets and lower growth of woodland borders, overgrown clearings, gardens and hedgerows. Range: Eastern Mexico, to Bolivia, northern Argentina and southern Brazil.

Barred Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes certhia Three subspecies. Now split into three seperate species.
We just recorded it on three dates with five birds seen all in the Canopy Tower area.Rare to uncommon in humid forests and tall second-growth woodland. Range: Sloutheastern Mexico, to Boliva and central Brazil.
Male Anhinga Anhinga anhinga  Two subspecies. Recorded on five dates with a total of nine birds seen.
Uncommon around fresh water marshes, ponds, lakes and wooded rivers. in lowlands. Range: Southeastern U.S.A., to bolivia, northern Argentina and uruguay, Cuba and Granda.

This now completes the bird summary, but have now included some of the animals etc which we also saw on this trip.
 Two-toed Sloths several were seen especially near the Canopy Tower area. . 
 
White-nosed Coati
Tarantulas
Large Striped Basilisk
Green Tree Iguana
Howler Monkey type
Anteater
Caiman
Sunset from the Canopy Tower
In total wes aw 287 species of birds during our fortnight stay in Panama.