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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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There are only two families of birds found just in the West Indies. One is the Dulidae, consisting of one species, the Palmchat (Dulus dominicus) of Hispanolia. The other is the Todidae, or todies, of which there are five species….

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This is a Variable Cracker, Hamadryas feronia, a member of a mostly Neotropical genus of about 20 species. Variable Crackers are found from the southern U.S. through Brazil, and are one of several species of Hamadryas that can make an…

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best birds in panama

August 18, 2005

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I was multi-tasking while in Central America, but my husband and I managed to get in a good deal of birding every day. I went without any expectations of how many species I would see, and mostly just wanted to…

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Dispatch from the road… If you’ve spent time in the neotropics in late fall, chances are you may have seen Urania fulgens, a swallowtailed, diurnal migratory moth (often mistaken for a butterfly), sometimes called the Green Page, or Colipato Verde….

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Over the holiday weekend, we took back roads through a lot of small towns in rural areas with stagnant economies. Now granted, money is tight in these parts, but it seems unnecessarily frugal, not to mention unhygenic, to lay out…

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So, we had a day and a half to putz around, having gotten our target birds. We decided to hit the sights at San Antonio – an urban park and the River Walk. At the park, we ran into people…

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Texas Hill Country

March 25, 2005

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My husband and I are taking a long weekend in the Texas Hill Country, northwest of San Antonio. Just the other day at home, we had 2 inches of snow. Here the wildflowers are in bloom. I haven’t been able…

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