book review: the conjurer’s bird

February 3, 2008

It’s been a long while since I’ve reviewed a book here. In fact, it’s been a long while since I’ve read an entire book, especially a novel. I received The Conjurer’s Bird as a gift, and found it great bedtime…

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birding at finca hartmann

January 27, 2008

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

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

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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weather is great, wish you were here

January 14, 2008

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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panama, day 4: “it looks like a dog turd with sea urchins stuck on it”

January 11, 2008

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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panama, day 3: arrival in highlands

January 10, 2008

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

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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panama, day 2: “there’s a cracker on your pants”

January 8, 2008

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

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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