Short (but exciting) note. Each October, I hope to finally see my life Black-billed Cuckoo somewhere in Panama. This migrant becomes fairly regular for a very short period of time during its southward migration in central Panama... the Ancon Hill seemed like the most reliable site; however, year after year somehow I manage to dip on that one! In fact, exactly three years ago I wrote about this same bird in this blog (check it here). Well, last friday, September 30th, I was not even thinking on Black-billed Cuckoos (obviously... it was still September!)... I was about to leave my apartment when I noticed something through the balcony... a stylized bird perched on a tree under a light drizzle... I took this picture:
Black bill, red eye-ring, not very evident under tail pattern: BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO!!! And right at home. What a great way to begin a weekend: Life bird and my 133th species for my balcony list.