December is a month of festivities... but also of bird counts! The Panama Audubon Society organizes three Christmas Bird Counts in central Panama, and I pretend to participate in all of them. In fact, I already participated last sunday, december 16th, in the first count, the Pacific circle. As usual, my count area was the coastal strip of the west bank of the canal, including Farfan, Palo Seco and Vercaruz, accompanied this time by Rafael Luck, Jennifer Wolcott, Dan Heinrichs and Neville Lincoln.
Farfan, finding many waterbirds, like Roseate Spoonbill, Neotropic Cormorants, ton of egrets and White Ibises, both Belted and Ringed Kingfishers and many more.
Turkey and Black Vultures resting side-by-side.
Veracruz beach. This year, we didn't see many shorebirds compared to other years, but we got at least the cutest of them all: Collared Plovers!
Gray Kingbird and the bright Saffron Finch that we found.