Wednesday 23 October 2013

Eight gram Antwrens delight us.....but the Spadebill.....!!

Our 5am boat to Cano Palma, our ringing site for the morning, was greeted as usual by the combination of Short-tailed Nightjars, bats...and the cackle of Green Ibis..
An early net round produced two great migrant warblers, Our 3rd Worm-eating Warbler and our 1st Hooded Warbler.
 With the sight and sound of Great Green Macaws above the nets, Wendy found this little 8.0g gem ....
A female White-flanked Antwren....with flank plumes too...
Soon afterwards, Wendy returned from the nets with an 8.6g wonder.... a golden wonder !
 A male Golden-crowned Spadebill -  a species we are not familiar with.
A bird with a very descriptive name, and part of the Flycatcher family.
 The hat-trick bird next for Wendy ! This 7.6g male White-flanked Antwren, an amazing end to the session.

A morning which also included migrant species including Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, and Kentucky Warbler. The best other resident species a Wedge-billed Woodcreeper.
The photo to finish, a panorama of the scene that we see as we leave Cano Palma Research Staion via the canal back to Tortuguero.

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