January 2008

birding at finca hartmann

January 27, 2008

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Ever since I began drinking coffee, I have been a strong and vocal advocate of what is known as “shade-grown” coffee, but what I like to call “sustainable coffee.” If there is one thing coffee-drinking birders can do to help…

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panama miscellany

January 22, 2008

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Just a few odds and ends from the latter portion of our Panama trip… When I first saw this bridge near our place in Paso Ancho, I was not enthusiastic about crossing it. Not only do I have a crappy…

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panama bird wrap-up

January 18, 2008

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We are back home from Panama. The day before we left was stifling, about 85F but with nearly 90% humidity. Tonight here at home we are to have wind chills below zero. Yuck. We ended up with 227 bird species….

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Did you really think (did I really think?) I would post every day on vacation? The days got too long and the photos and experiences too many. We are back in Panama City after a great time in the western…

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Our first big bizarre caterpillar, shown to us by a worker pruning a tree along the road. Our main bird walk this day was the beginning of the Los Quetzales trail in Volcan Baru National Park. We saw many new…

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Normally, I don’t like spending much time in a car, but it is a good way to see the land. However, the six-hour trip between Panama City and Volcan was a dud. Lots of cows. We’re now at about 5600…

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panama, day 3

January 9, 2008

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Another (not quite as long) day on Pipeline Road brought us fewer birds as we concentrated on insects. We decided to focus on the Juan Grande stream crossing at 2 km and a few feeder creeks above it. We were…

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An exhausting day yesterday, full of birds and bugs on only the first mile of Pipeline Road. The coolest life bird was a White-whiskered Puffbird sitting, still-life, by the side of the road. Like all other puffbirds I’ve ever seen,…

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panama: day 1

January 6, 2008

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After an entire uneventful but tedious travel day on Saturday, we spent today in Panama City today, putzing around a favorite place, the Metropolitan Nature Park. This is nearly 700 acres of lowland tropical forest, and the only tropical forest…

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the year in birds: 2007

January 2, 2008

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I did this for 2005 and 2006, and it’s easier than making New Year’s resolutions. Number of species seen: I generally only keep local year lists, and in 2007 only kept up with a year list for my home city….

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