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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the year in birds: 2007

January 2, 2008

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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deer browsing and songbirds

December 12, 2007

The latest issue of the Ibis, the journal of the British Ornithologists’ Union, had several excellent papers. One was an overview of the impacts that deer browse has on habitat quality and subsequently bird life. I’d like to highlight some…

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a new yard bird and owl etiquette

December 10, 2007

Our newest yard bird (#133) was a very sleepy Northern Saw-whet Owl, roosting in one of our cedar trees, right outside our kitchen window. Although it wasn’t deeply concealed, we never would have noticed it if my husband hadn’t seen…

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ecology of christmas: christmas trees

December 1, 2007

Real or fake? Every year, folks try to decide whether to get a live Christmas tree, or put up an artificial tree. This topic has been fairly well covered on several green blogs, so I will offer an overview and…

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November 12, 2007

Like some other bloggers, I was provided with a Wingscapes BirdCam to futz around with. While I’ve been waiting for something spectacular to show up (my heart has been set on a Harris’s Sparrow or Evening Grosbeak), everybody else has…

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