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Pheasant Cuckoo
Pheasant Cuckoo on Plantation Road, photo by Carlos Bethancourt

Brown Violetear spotted at Canopy Camp Darien

A Brown Violetear was seen feeding at the verbenas at the Canopy Camp yesterday!

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May 28 2018 Canopy Family

Rare birds in Darien!

Yesterday's trip deep into Darien gave us great views of a Harpy Eagle, and two species of macaws in the same tree!

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May 03 2018 Canopy Family

A great day for cuckoos!

Both Pheasant Cuckoo and a pair of Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoos were seen today at Pipeline Road.

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May 01 2018 Canopy Family

Rare mammal sighting: SILKY ANTEATER at the Canopy Tower!

The smallest anteater, a Silky Anteater was seen walking along Semaphore Hill Road today!

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April 17 2018 Canopy Family

Cloud forest birding at Altos del Maria

A lovely day with great birds at Altos del Maria.

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April 17 2018 Canopy Family

LATTICE-TAILED TROGON and other highland species!

A rare LATTICE-TAILED TROGON and other fantastic foothills and highland species made for an excellent day of birding at El Cope!

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April 06 2018 Canopy Family

Bamboo specialist: Slate-colored Seedeater

A Slate-colored Seedeater shows up at Summit Gardens!

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April 01 2018 Canopy Family

Rufous Nightjar returns!

The Rufous Nightjar has returned to nest near the Canopy Tower.

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March 30 2018 Canopy Family

A first for Canopy Family: GRAY-BELLIED HAWK

A juvenile Gray-bellied Hawk, a South American accipiter, was seen in Darien yesterday.

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February 28 2018 Canopy Family

HARPY EAGLE chasing a parrot in Cerro Azul!

A nice surprise this morning while birding in Cerro Azul: Harpy Eagle!

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February 27 2018 Canopy Family

HARPY EAGLE sighting in Aligandi (Darien)

Bird of the day! An adult Harpy Eagle perched in great view for our Naturetrek birding tour guests!

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September 29 2017 Canopy Family

Pipeline Road sightings in September

It's been a great month of birding around the Canopy Tower! Pipeline Road never disappoints.

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September 28 2017 Canopy

Rare mammal sighting: Crab-eating Fox!!

A rare Crab-eating Fox was spotted sunning itself along the road at San Francisco Reserve.

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August 14 2017 Canopy Family

Altos del Maria specialties and a RUFOUS-VENTED GROUND-CUCKOO!

A visit to Altos del Maria, the highest point around the Canopy Lodge, is always full of great surprises.

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July 25 2017 Canopy Family

Recent Canopy Tower sightings

A couple surprises around the Canopy Tower recently!

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July 18 2017 Canopy Family

Pipeline Road bonanza!

A fantastic morning on Pipeline Road turned up some great birds and nice surprises!

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March 22 2017 Canopy Family

RARE BIRD: Large-billed Tern in Gamboa

A beautiful, Large-billed Tern is delighting birders in Gamboa

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March 22 2017 Canopy Family

EAGLE WEEK: Another Harpy Eagle sighting!

What a week for Panama's incredible eagles! This time, a male HARPY EAGLE was spotted at San Francisco Reserve with Matt Hysell's tour at the Canopy Camp.

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February 10 2017 Canopy Family


A great week for sightings of Panama's mega-eagles!

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February 08 2017 Canopy Family

Mega sighting: SWALLOW TANAGER at Rio Indio!

A mega bird for Panama: a Swallow Tanager was spotted and photographed by Canopy Lodge guide Eliecer Rodriguez and two lucky Canopy Lodge guests during a day trip to Rio Indio.

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February 13 2017 Canopy Family

Great Green Macaws roadside in Darien

Yesterday's highlight in Darien: a small group of endangered Great Green Macaws in close view!

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December 23 2016 Canopy Family

Canopy Tower Night Drive

Last night's night drive along Semaphore Hill Road turned up some nice mammals!

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December 21 2016 Canopy Family

Butterflies galore!

The first day of our December butterfly tour this year tallied over 90 species of these beautiful insects!

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December 06 2016 Canopy Family

Spot-breasted Woodpecker found in Gamboa!

A Spot-breasted Woodpecker seen at the Ammo Ponds in Gamboa!

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November 28 2016 Canopy Family

Harpy Eagles in Darien

A young Harpy Eagle pokes its head out of a massive nest in Darien!

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November 15 2016 Canopy Family


A THREE-WATTLED BELLBIRD sighting near the Canopy Lodge!

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August 19 2016 Canopy Family

Harpy Eagle nest visits in Darien

Two different Harpy Eagle nests have been visited recently in Darien with our guests at the Canopy Camp!

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August 20 2016 Canopy Family

Canopy Tower morning birds

A nice morning of birding from the Canopy Tower Observation Deck and Semaphore Hill Road: Keel-billed Toucans, Squirrel Cuckoso, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Chestnut-headed Oropendolas, Spotted Antbirds and more!

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July 01 2016 Canopy Family

CRESTED EAGLE sighting in Darien!

A rare CRESTED EAGLE found at Quebrada Felix near the Canopy Camp!

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April 22 2016 Canopy Family

Highlights from the Canopy Camp - April

A week at the Canopy Camp resulted in some spectacular birds: Bicolored Hawk, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Black-crowned Antpitta and Harpy Eagle, to name a few!

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April 22 2016 Canopy Family

OILBIRD in Gamboa!

A rare OILBIRD spotted on a morning walk today!

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April 25 2016 Canopy Family

A visit to the Harpy nest

Adult female Harpy Eagle and chick doing great in Darien!

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April 22 2016 Canopy Family

Fasciated Tiger-Heron at the Canopy Lodge

A young Fasciated Tiger-Heron seen along the stream at the Canopy Lodge this morning!

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April 25 2016 Canopy Family

Pipeline Road birding: Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo!

TWO Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoos and other great birds at Pipeline Road!

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April 08 2016 Canopy Family

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo at the Canopy Adventure!

An army ant swarm attended by a Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo today at the Canopy Adventure.

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March 27 2016 Canopy Family

Silky Anteater at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

A rare Silky Anteater spotted at the Discovery Center during a morning of birding!

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March 14 2016 Canopy Family

Eastern Panama birding highlights

Great birding at Canopy Camp Darien - Black Oropendola, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle and more!

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March 14 2016 Canopy Family

Pheasant Cuckoo on Pipeline Road

A Pheasant Cuckoo welcomed the Field Guides group to Pipeline Road yesterday morning!

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March 14 2016 Canopy Family

The Ruby-topaz Hummingbird returns!

A Ruby-topaz Hummingbird has returned to the Canopy Camp!

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March 14 2016 Canopy Family

A new bird for Panama: WHITE-FACED IBIS!

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was spotted in Gamboa yesterday afternoon, a first record for Panama!

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February 12 2016 Canopy Family

2nd HARPY EAGLE sighting of 2016

An adult Harpy Eagle spotted at El Salto Road, near the Canopy Camp!

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February 11 2016 Canopy Family

Rare DWARF CUCKOO spotted near Canopy Camp Darien!

A rare DWARF CUCKOO was seen yesterday near the Canopy Camp!

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January 07 2016 Canopy Family

Dwarf Cuckoo sighting near Canopy Camp

A Dwarf Cuckoo sighting in Yaviza!

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February 02 2016 Canopy Family

HARPY EAGLE sighting to kick off 2016!

A HARPY EAGLE spotted at San Francisco Reserve yesterday by Nando Quiroz, John Rowlett and Field Guides group!

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January 11 2016 Canopy Family

CRESTED EAGLE seen at the Canopy Camp!

A rare CRESTED EAGLE has been sighted at the Canopy Camp in Darien.

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December 15 2015 Canopy Family


A HARPY EAGLE was seen by Oriole Birding group during their trip to Darien National Park!

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December 13 2015 Canopy Family

HARPY EAGLE near the Canopy Camp!

A HARPY EAGLE was spotted on El Salto Road last week!

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November 30 2015 Canopy Family

Around the Canopy Tower with Oriole Birding!

Great start for the Oriole Birding group at the Canopy Tower - Sunbittern, White-throated Crake, Cinnamon Woodpecker and much more...

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November 30 2015 Canopy Family

Rare Bird Alert! KELP GULL at Santa Clara

A rare KELP GULL was spotted by Danilo at Santa Clara beach during a full day birding trip to the pacific lowlands.

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November 18 2015

BICOLORED WREN near the Canopy Camp!

A rare BICOLORED WREN seen in Las Peinitas, close to the Canopy Camp in Darien.

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November 16 2015

Recent mammal sightings around the Canopy Tower

Some fascinating Neotropical mammals have been seen around the Canopy Tower over the past couple days, including...

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November 06 2015 Canopy Family

Highlights from Darien

Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Red-billed Scythebill, Dusky-backed Jacamar and many other great birds seen this week in Darien!

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October 08 2015 Canopy Family

Great sightings from the Canopy Lodge

RUFOUS-VENTED GROUND-CUCKOO, Brown-billed Scythebill and Vermiculated Screech-Owl seen near the Canopy Lodge!

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September 23 2015 Canopy Family

HARPY EAGLE at the Canopy Tower!

LV the Harpy Eagle made an appearance this morning at the Canopy Tower.

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September 21 2015

Migrants returning to Panama!

Early migrants are already arriving at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge!

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August 29 2015 Canopy Family


Another Solitary Eagle has been spotted at Quebrada Felix, near the Canopy Camp!

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August 23 2015

A fantastic morning at Nuevo Vigia, Darien

One great bird right after the other during a morning at Nuevo Vigia Embera Village!

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August 14 2015 Canopy Family


A rare GRAY-CAPPED CUCKOO spotted near the Canopy Camp!

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August 09 2015 Canopy Family

Darien Bird Sightings!

Rufous Piha and other great birds at Quebrada Felix yesterday!

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June 23 2015 Canopy Family

Mammals and birds from the Canopy Lodge

Mammals and birds: Western Pygmy Squirrel, Crested Owls, Sunbittern...

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May 31 2015 Canopy Family

SOLITARY EAGLE, Black-crowned Antpitta and more at Quebrada Felix!

A fantastic morning at Quebrada Felix in Darien - Solitary Eagle, White-fronted Nunbird, Fasciated Tiger-Heron and much more!

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May 29 2015 Canopy Family

RARE BIRD SIGHTING! JABIRU over the Canopy Tower!

A JABIRU just flew over the Canopy Tower!

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May 02 2015 Canopy Family

RARE BIRD SIGHTING! Thicket Antpitta!

A very rare Thicket Antpitta was seen at Nusagandi!

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May 01 2015 Canopy Family

Aruza Lagoons birding highlights, Darien

Roseate Spoonbill a highlight among many others at the Aruza Lagoons last week!

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April 27 2015 Canopy Family

Birding Bonanza in Nuevo Vigia, Darien

A fabulous day birding near Nuevo Vigia in Darien: Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Red-billed Scythebill, Dusky-backed Jacamar and more!

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April 22 2015 Canopy Family

Two Black Guans and a young Spectacled Owl at Altos del Maria

Among many species, two Black Guans and a young Spectacled Owl were seen at Altos del Maria yesterday during a full day of birding.

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April 21 2015 Canopy Family

Great birds from the Canopy Camp this week

Black-crowned Antpitta, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-capped Donacobius, Great Potoo and many other great birds spotted at and around the Canopy Camp this week!

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April 19 2015 Canopy Family

Spring raptor migration at the Canopy Tower

Great pushes of Mississippi Kites, Swainson's Hawks and Turkey Vultures over the Canopy Tower!

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April 09 2015 Canopy Family

Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo and Black-crowned Antpitta sightings around the Canopy Lodge

A couple of our most elusive species, the Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and Black-crowned Antpitta have been spotted near the Canopy Lodge!

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April 09 2015 Canopy Family

Purplish-backed Quail-Dove found on nest!

A rare Purplish-backed Quail-Dove was spotted on its nest at Altos del Maria last week!

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April 08 2015 Canopy Family

Wildlife on Plantation Road!

Monkeys, sloths and great birds along Plantation Road, making for an excellent morning!

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March 31 2015 Canopy Family

Agami Heron and other great birds on Pipeline Road!

This morning's highlight on Pipeline Road was an elusive Agami Heron!

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March 30 2015 Canopy Family

Sunbitterns at the Canopy Lodge

A pair of Sunbitterns put on quite a show during breakfast at the Canopy Lodge!

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March 26 2015 Canopy Family

Great Curassows spotted in El Salto

A six-pack of Great Curassows were seen on El Salto Road, not far from the Canopy Camp!

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March 09 2015 Canopy Family

Agami Heron and more at Summit Ponds

A rare and elusive Agami Heron was seen at Summit Ponds yesterday afternoon!

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February 27 2015 Canopy Family

Great birding in eastern Panama

The journey out to the Canopy Camp brought along some great sightings with it!

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February 22 2015 Canopy Family


Not one but TWO Ruby-topaz Hummingbirds were seen last week at the Canopy Camp in Darien!

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February 02 2015 Canopy Family

Dusky-backed Jacamar and other great Darien sightings

The pair of Dusky-backed Jacamars continue to be seen along the Chucunaque River; Bicolored Wren, Great Potoo, Double-banded Graytail, Red-throated Caracara, and more great sightings kick off another great year at Canopy Camp Darien!

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January 29 2015 Canopy Family

Las Minas Road Sightings

Blue-throated Toucanet and other goodies at Las Minas Road!

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January 25 2015 Canopy Family


DUSKY-BACKED JACAMAR spotted near Canopy Camp Darien!!

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January 19 2015

New Year at Canopy Camp Darien

New Year Birding Bonanza in Darien: Black Oropendola, Barred Puffbird, Golden-headed Manakin, White-fronted Nunbird and a LIFER Black-billed Flycatcher for our guide and guests! More exciting birds from eastern Panama in this report...

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December 30 2014 Canopy Family

More exciting sightings from Darien

Spectacled Parrotlet, Agami Heron, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Little Cuckoo and more great birds from the Canopy Camp this week!

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December 04 2014 Canopy Family

Blue-and-yellow Macaw sighting!

A Blue-and-yellow Macaw was seen flying over El Salto Road, near the Canopy Camp in Darien!

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December 02 2014 Canopy Family

Tiny Hawk spotted at the Canopy Lodge

A Tiny Hawk was spotted yesterday at the Canopy Lodge!

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November 26 2014 Canopy Family

Pipeline Road Full Day Birding!

A fantastic day on Pipeline Road with great birds and no rain! Speckled Mourner, Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Ocellated Antbird and more!

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November 18 2014 Canopy Family

Two great birds from Altos del Maria

Streak-chested Antpitta and Smoky-brown Woodpecker are highlights of a day of birding at Altos del Maria!

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November 17 2014 Canopy Family

Semaphore Hill Goodies

Scaly-throated Leaftosser, Blue-crowned Manakin, Golden-crowned Spadebill other great birds this morning along Semaphore Hill at the Canopy Tower.

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October 30 2014 Canopy Family

Some great sightings around the Canopy Tower

Great sightings along Pipeline Road and Old Gamboa Road this week! American Pygmy Kingfisher and a rare Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Ocellated Antbird and more!

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October 25 2014 Canopy Family

Elusive Speckled Antshrike sighting!

A Speckled Antshrike, also known as Spiny-faced Antshrike (Xenornis setifrons) was spotted along a stream last week by Canopy Camp bird guide Moyo Rodriguez!

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October 22 2014 Canopy Family

Canopy Tower Birding - CRESTED OWL on Semaphore Hill Road!

Dozens and dozens of birds (and mammals) seen at the Canopy Tower and Semaphore Hill Road this morning, a great report!

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October 05 2014 Canopy Family

Montezuma Oropendola spotted near El Valle

A nice sighting of a Montezuma Oropendola was one of the highlights of yesterday's birding trip to the Pacific lowlands.

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September 30 2014 Canopy Family

Crimson-bellied Woodpecker and Barn Owl near El Valle

A rare Crimson-bellied Woodpecker spotted at Altos del Maria, and a good look at a Barn Owl roosting at La Mesa.

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September 29 2014 Canopy Family

Pipeline Road full day report

A wonderful day on Pipeline Road and surrounding areas left our guests happy with many new birds to add to their lists.

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September 27 2014 Canopy Family

HARPY EAGLE spotted at the Canopy Tower

An adult female Harpy Eagle perched just meters from the Canopy Tower yesterday morning!

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September 25 2014 Canopy Family

Pipeline Road Birding!

Great Tinamou, Semiplumbeous Hawk, Black-striped Woodcreeper and others rounded out a great morning of birding at Pipeline Road!

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September 15 2014 Canopy Family

Rare Bird Alert! ORANGE-BREASTED FALCON at Cerro Azul

Orange-breasted Falcon, along with a cast of other great birds, spotted in Cerro Azul!

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September 09 2014 Canopy Family

Scouting for Sapayoa

A rewarding search for Sapayoa and other great birds, including a lively mixed flock of Rufous-winged, Emerald and Tawny-crested tanagers! Read more for the full report.

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September 03 2014 Canopy Family

Cerro Azul Birding

Great birding at Cerro Azul: Violet-capped Hummingbird, Speckled Tanager, great looks at the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker and much more. Read more for the full report!

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August 30 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Caribbean side birding (and mammaling!)

There is always a lot of great wildlife to see along the Caribbean side of Panama. Find out some of the exciting sightings seen during a day at Achiote Road and San Lorenzo National Park!

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August 28 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Tower Night Drives

Lots of exciting nocturnal wildlife seen on night drives at the Canopy Tower this week!

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August 26 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Great sightings from the Canopy Adventure

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and Rothschild's Porcupine spotted at the Canopy Adventure last week!

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August 26 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from birding in Darien

Cattle Tyrant, Golden-headed Manakin, Bare-crowned Antbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Double-banded Graytail, Spot-breasted Woodpecker and the impressive Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle were among many highlights during a week at the Canopy Camp in Darien.

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August 20 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Great bird sightings near the Canopy Tower

Immature Gray-headed Kite, Blue Cotinga and Ruddy Quail-Dove spotted at the discovery center in Pipeline Road this morning.

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August 09 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Eastern Panama - Day One Birds

A great start to a week in Darien: Orange-breasted Falcon, Rufous-winged Tanager and Sapayoa among others!

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July 31 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from a week of birding at the Canopy Lodge

Purplish-backed Quail-Dove and Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo at La Mesa, Snowcap and Black-headed Antthrush at Altos del Maria, two species of owls at Cara Iguana, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush at Mata Ahogado and Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch and Bare-throat

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July 04 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Harpy Eagle Sighting near the Canopy Camp!

An immature HARPY EAGLE was spotted at El Salto Road today, near the Canopy Camp!

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June 27 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and Tody Motmot at the Canopy Adventure!

Among many great birds, a RUFOUS-VENTED GROUND-CUCKOO was spotted at the Canopy Adventure this week! Tody Motmot, Blue-throated Toucanet, Rosy Thrush-Tanager and Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch were also seen over the past few days near the Canopy Lodge.

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June 21 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from a full day on Pipeline Road

Speckled Mourner, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper and Ocellated Antbird were highlights in Pipeline Road yesterday!

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June 17 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Collared Forest-Falcon and more at the Ammo Dump Ponds

Collared Forest-Falcon, Black-striped Sparrow, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Scrub Greenlet among 43 species seen at the Ammo Ponds yesterday afternoon.

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June 12 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Danilo's Birds of the Week

Danilo and our guests at the Canopy Lodge had a fantastic few days of birding at our premiere birding sites accessible from El Valle de Anton! Aplomado Falcon, Sulphur-rumped and Black-and-yellow tanagers and Snowcap were among many highlights over 3 day

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June 02 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Adventure Birding Highlights

An array of uncommon species were seen at the Canopy Adventure this morning, including Royal Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Rosy Thrush-Tanager and the tiny Rufous-crested Coquette!

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May 02 2014 Jenn Sinasac

New birds for the list at Canopy Camp Darien!

Slaty Spinetail and Red-billed Scythebill were seen for the first time on a Canopy Camp Darien tour!

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April 27 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Nice day at Altos del Maria

Many birds among the rain at Altos del Maria

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April 27 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Pheasant Cuckoo on Semaphore Hill Road

Pheasant Cuckoo spotted along Semaphore Hill Road this morning during an introductory birding walk.

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April 19 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Sunbittern on Plantation Road

A Sunbittern was spotted along Plantation Road this morning!

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April 12 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Sunbittern and more at the Canopy Lodge

This morning, a Sunbittern was spotted along the river beside the Canopy Lodge!

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April 10 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Ornate Hawk-Eagle on Pipeline Road

An adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle was spotted on Pipeline Road yesterday!

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April 04 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Shy forest stream birds seen around the Canopy Tower

Sunbittern and the rare Agami Heron have been spotted around the Canopy Tower this week!

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March 30 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird Returns to the Canopy Camp!

The rare Ruby-topaz Hummingbird originally found at the Canopy Camp in January has been spotted again!

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March 30 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Exciting First Day Birding Eastern Panama for WINGS

Gavin Bieber and WINGS Birding Tours group had a great start to their week at the Canopy Camp as they birded across eastern Panama: SAPAYOA, Rufous-winged Tanager, Pearl Kite and more!

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March 27 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Lodge birding with Danilo

Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Eye-ringed Flatbill, Lance-tailed Manakin, Buff-rumped Warbler, Barred Forest-Falcon among many birds seen yesterday while birding in the cloud forest and dry forest surrounding El Valle de Anton.

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March 24 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Recent Sightings from the Canopy Lodge

Highlights from the western foothills: Orange-bellied Trogon, Silver-throated Tanager, Blue-throated Toucanet, Lance-tailed Manakin, Tawny-faced Gnatwren and more!

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March 09 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Pacific Lowland Birding Report

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Savanna Hawk, Veraguan Mango and more have been spotted while birding the Pacific lowlands at Juan Hombron yesterday!

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March 01 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from a week at the Canopy Tower

Rufous Nightjar, Spectacled Owl, Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Brownish Twistwing, Moustached Antwren and RUFOUS-VENTED GROUND-CUCKOO round out a great week for the Field Guides group at the Canopy Tower!

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February 27 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Royal Flycatcher, Ruddy Woodcreeper and an ant swarm on Semaphore Hill

This morning, a Royal Flycatcher was spotted on Semaphore Hill! Also, a rather large army ant swarm with all the usual attendants, and some unusual ones, including a rare Ruddy Woodcreeper!

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February 21 2014 Jenn Sinasac

TWO Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoos on Pipeline Road this morning!

Two Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoos were seen feeding at a large ant swarm this morning on Pipeline Road, along with other great birds including Ocellated, Bicolored and Spotted antbirds!

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February 17 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Field Guides Sightings Report from the Canopy Lodge

Tino Sanchez, Chris Benesh and the group from Field Guides birding tours have been having a great time at the Canopy Lodge, with highlights such as Snowcap, Savanna Hawk, Veraguan Mango and Tawny-faced Gnatwren!

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February 15 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Dwarf Cuckoo spotted near Canopy Camp!

A very rare Dwarf Cuckoo was spotted at Las Lagunas, near the Canopy Camp in Darien!

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February 13 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and more at the Canopy Adventure!

A Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo has been spotted again at the Canopy Adventure in El Valle de Anton.

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February 06 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Rare bird sighting: Agami Heron at Summit Ponds!

A rare Agami Heron has been spotted for the second time in 2 weeks at Summit Ponds near the Canopy Tower.

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February 03 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Field Guides at the Canopy Camp

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Black-and-white Owl, Great Potoo, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Golden-headed Manakin, Golden-green Woodpecker, Black Oropendola, Spectacled Parrotlet and many more birds from eastern Panama were among highlights for our guests from Field G

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February 03 2014 Jenn Sinasac

First week at Canopy Camp Darien

A great first week at the Canopy Camp with a VENT group led by Kevin Zimmer: Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Black Oropendola, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Double-banded Graytail and many more eastern Panama specialties!

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January 26 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Rare Bird Sighting: Ruby-topaz Hummingbird at Canopy Camp Darien!

A stunning Ruby-topaz Hummingbird was spotted at our new Canopy Camp!

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January 25 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Lodge Birding Bonanza

Recent bird sightings around El Valle include Emerald Tanager, Spectacled Owl, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Black-chested Jay, Brown-throated Parakeet and much more to round out a very "birdy" week at the Canopy Lodge for a group of keen birders!

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January 22 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Rare Bird Sighting: Sooty-headed Tyrannulet at Canopy Camp Darien!

A rare Sooty-headed Tyrannulet was seen by the VENT group at Canopy Camp Darien!

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January 20 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Rare Bird Sighting: Rufous-winged Tanager at Rio Indio-Jordanal

A Rufous-winged Tanager was spotted during a day of birding at Rio Indio-Jordanal, on the Caribbean slope!

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January 14 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Adventure birds!

Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Rufous-capped Warbler, Sunbittern and more from the Canopy Adventure this morning!

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January 10 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Great day at La Mesa Road

A fantastic morning at La Mesa Road: Scaly-breasted Wren, Black-crowned Antpitta, White-tailed Emerald and more!

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January 08 2014 Jenn Sinasac

New Years sightings from the Canopy Lodge

Great birds to help us say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014! BLACK-CROWNED ANTPITTA, RUFOUS-VENTED GROUND-CUCKOO, White-tipped Sicklebill, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Red-faced Spinetail, Sunbittern and more!

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January 02 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Plantation Road birds to ring in the New Year!

Black-tailed Trogon, Russet-winged Schiffornis, Golden-crowned Spadebill and more on Plantation Road yesterday!

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January 01 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Mammal Sighting: Neotropical River Otter

Neotropical River Otter spotted at the Ammo Dump Ponds!

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January 01 2014 Jenn Sinasac

Cerro Azul Highlights: Slate-colored Seedeater and more!

Slate-colored Seedeater, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-crested Coquette, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker (endemic!) and more at Cerro Azul!

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December 31 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Adventure: Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo!

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and more spotted at the Canopy Adventure this morning!

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December 28 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Recent Sightings around the Canopy Lodge

Rufous-crested Coquette, Garden Emerald, Crested Oropendola, Orange-bellied Trogon, Tody Motmot and more from the El Valle area!

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December 27 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Pipeline Road Sightings

Great sightings this Christmas eve on Pipeline Road! Rufous-crested Coquette, Speckled Mourner and Great Jacamar!

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December 30 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Pipeline Road: Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo sighting!

Great way to start the week: a Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and other great birds were spotted on Pipeline Road.

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December 18 2013 Jenn

Rare Bird Sighting: Black-cowled Oriole at the Canopy Lodge!

A Black-cowled Oriole has been seen, two days in a row so far, at the Canopy Lodge!

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December 13 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Jam-packed Night Drive at Canopy Tower

It just doesn't get much better than this: Crested Owl, Kinkajou, Olingo, Night Monkeys, Common Potoo and more last night on a very active night drive!

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December 11 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Silky Anteater on Pipeline Road

A rarely-seen Silky (Pygmy) Anteater was spotted on Pipeline Road yesterday!

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December 02 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Mammal highlights of the week

Great mammal sightings this week - Neotropical River Otter, Rothschild's Porcupine, Ocelot, Rufous Tree Rat, Collared Peccary, Olingo and much more!

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November 29 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great morning at Las Minas Road

Nice diversity of birds at Las Minas Road this morning - Blue-throated Toucanet, Slaty Antwren, White-tipped Sicklebill and more!

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November 26 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from Pipeline Road

Pheasant Cuckoo! Streak-chested Antpitta, Moustached Antwren, Cinnamon Woodpecker, White-tailed Trogon, White-bellied Antbird, Russet-winged Schiffornis, a Rufous Tree Rat and many more seen along Pipeline Road yesterday.

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November 25 2013 Jenn Sinasac

From the highlands to the lowlands: birding at the Canopy Lodge

In just 2 days, our guests at the Canopy Lodge in El Valle have seen foothills and highland species, such as Blue-throated Toucanet and White-ruffed Manakin, to Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture and Pale-breasted Spinetail in the lowlands.

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November 25 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Summit Ponds & Old Gamboa Road

A family of Boat-billed Herons, White-winged Becard, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Forest Elaenia and more made for a very nice afternoon of birding at Summit Ponds & Old Gamboa Road

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November 22 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Hummingbirds, butterflies and more at Cerro Gaital

Six species of hummingbirds, including the rare White-tipped Sicklebill, seen at Cerro Gaital with the Tropical Biodiversity tour! Many species of butterflies were seen, and a Dunn's Spinytail Lizard.

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November 12 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Rare Sighting: Yellow-breasted Crake at Ammo Ponds!

Earlier this week, Carlos Bethancourt and a visiting group spotted a rare Yellow-breasted Crake at the Ammo Ponds in Gamboa, and it offered crowd-pleasing views!

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November 01 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Jordanal highlights

Blue Ground-Dove, Jet Antbird, Emerald Tanager and Crested Oropendola were seen at Jordanal yesterday!

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October 30 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Sightings around El Valle, a report from Eliecer

Dusky-faced Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Orange-bellied Trogon, Russet Antshrike, White-throated Spadebill, Barred Hawk and more from El Valle!

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October 24 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great Jacamar & Green-and-rufous Kingfisher spotted on Pipeline Road!

The uncommon and impressive Great Jacamar and rare Green-and-rufous Kingfisher were seen on Pipeline Road yesterday by Alex!

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October 21 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great birding at Las Minas Road

Tawny-capped Euphonia, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch and Black-crowned Antpitta at Las Minas Road yesterday morning!

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October 21 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great start at the Canopy Lodge for VENT group

Spot-crowned Barbet, Buff-rumped Warbler, Bay-headed Tanager and another Tody Motmot sighting near the Canopy Lodge with a group from VENT!

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October 19 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Canopy Lodge: birding the Pacific lowlands to the cloud forests of El Valle

More Tody Motmot sightings near the Canopy Lodge! Also, Mottled Owl, Bay-headed Tanager, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Slaty Antwren, Straight-billed Woodcreeper and more in this exciting report from Danilo.

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October 17 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great day in Valle Chiquito

Tody Motmot!! White-winged Becard, Lance-tailed Manakin, Rosy Thrush-Tanager and more in the Pacific lowlands of Valle Chiquito today!

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October 16 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great Green Macaws seen at Canopy Camp Darien!

Four Great Green Macaws were seen flying over the Canopy Camp this week, another new sighting for our new eco-lodge!

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October 12 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Another Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo sighting at the Canopy Lodge

A shy Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo has been spotted at the Canopy Lodge, along the entrance pathway.

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October 10 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Agami Heron at Summit Ponds!

An adult Agami Heron was spotted in the vegetation surrounding Summit Ponds near the Canopy Tower!

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October 04 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Altos del Maria Birding Bonanza

Highlights from a great day of birding at Altos del Maria include White-tailed Emerald, Dull-mantled Antbird and another sighting of a Three-wattled Bellbird!

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October 04 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great sightings at Las Minas Road near El Valle

Orange-bellied Trogon, Wedge-tailed Grass Finch and Black-crowned Antpitta were among highlights while birding at Las Minas Road this morning!

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October 02 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo and more at the Canopy Adventure

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Tody Motmot and more great birds around the trails of the Canopy Adventure!

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October 02 2013 Jenn Sinasac

NEW Canopy Camp Darien Sightings!

Sightings from the Canopy Camp are coming in... Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Pale-bellied Hermit, Golden-headed Manakin and Rufous-tailed Jacamar are eagerly supervising the construction from above!

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September 26 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo sighting!

A Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo was spotted today by Danilo at Chorro El Macho in El Valle!

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September 20 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Pipeline Road Estravaganza

Olive-backed Quail-Dove!! White Hawk, Russet Antshrike, Pheasant Cuckoo and much more seen on Pipeline Road this week.

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September 14 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Rare sighting of a Manatee on our Jungle Boat Tour!

Up close and great looks at a rare West-Indian Manatee in Lake Gatun today!

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September 12 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Rare Bird Report: Three-wattled Bellbird at Altos del Maria!

A female Three-wattled Bellbird was spotted this morning by Danilo Rodriguez! Brown-billed Scythebill, Black-crowned Antpitta, Dull-mantled Antbird, Ochraceous Wren and Snowcap were among many other highlights at Altos del Maria today.

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September 08 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Crested Owls at Semaphore Hill and highlights from Pipeline Road this week!

Highlights from the Canal Zone this week! Adult & juvenile Crested Owls were spotted on Semaphore Hill Road, while Pipeline Road was full of birds, including the impressive Pheasant Cuckoo and tiny Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant!

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August 23 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Crimson-bellied Woodpecker at Altos del Maria!! A report from Eliecer

Eliecer reports highlights from a fantastic day at Altos del Maria, and the bird of the day was definitely the rare Crimson-bellied Woodpecker that is seldom seen in Panama! Black-crowned Antpitta, Red-faced Spinetail and Snowcap rounded out an exciting

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August 23 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Cerro Gaital and Las Minas Road sightings this morning from Tino!

Tino reports sightings from Cerro Gaital and Las Minas this morning, including Slate-colored Grosbeak, Orange-bellied Trogon and Black-and-yellow Tanager!

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August 21 2013 Jenn Sinasac

More sightings around El Valle from Tino & Victor Emanuel

Tino reports a LINCOLNS SPARROW from Las Minas, a first for him in El Valle.

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August 20 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Elusive Tody Motmots seen around El Valle

Among sightings of rare Tody Motmots two days in a row, guide Eliecer Rodriguez and friends report other great sightings, including Mottled Owl, Yellow-backed Oriole, Lance-tailed Manakin, Wedge-tailed Grassfinch and Black-and-yellow Tanager near El Valle

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August 20 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from the Canopy Adventure with Victor Emanuel!

Great morning birding around the trails of the Canopy Adventure. Highlights include Tody Motmot, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Rufous-and-white Wren and White-vented Plumeleteer!

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August 19 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Early migrant and nice sightings from Eliecer in El Valle

Our first early migrant of the year, a Solitary Sandpiper, has been spotted at La Mesa! Read the report for other highlights including Tody Motmot, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, White-throated Spadebill and Mottled Owl!

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August 16 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Capped Heron sighting and more!

A rare Capped Heron was spotted at Summit Ponds, and other great sightings from the Canopy Tower!

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July 29 2013 Jenn Sinasac

A week of great birding from the Canopy Lodge!

Highlights from 6 days of birding in the foothills and lowlands of western PanamaScaled Antpitta! Spot-crowned Barbet, Pearl Kite, Brown-billed Scythebill, Black-and-yellow Tanager, White-winged Becard, Jet Antbird and much more. Read the full report!

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July 27 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great sightings from El Valle & Area!

Recent reports from the western foothills: Barred Hawk, Long-tailed Tyrant, Black-crowned Antpitta, Slaty Antwren, Orange-bellied Trogon and more!

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July 16 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Mammals and more from the Canopy Lodge

Orange-nectar Bats, Western Pygmy Squirrel, Central American Woolly Opossum, Gray Four-eyed Opossum and a Snail Kite at Cara Iguana!

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July 13 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo sighting!

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo spotted along Pipeline Road last week!

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July 09 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Alexs Excellent Day at Cerro Azul

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle!!! King Vulture!!! Rufous-crested Coquette, Rufous-winged and Carmiols Tanager and the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker among many highlights at Cerro Azul this week!

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June 22 2013 Jenn Sinasac

More great sightings at Altos del Maria

Birding in the cloud forests of Altos del Maria turned up Dull-mantled Antbird, Orange-bellied Trogon, Red-faced Spinetail, Blue-throated Toucanet, the impressive Brown-billed Scythebill and other great birds!

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June 19 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from the Pacific Lowlands

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Aplomado Falcon, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Northern Scrub Flycatcher and Lance-tailed Manakin among many great finds at Juan Hombron!

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June 17 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Gray Four-eyed Opossum at Canopy Lodge Feeders

Gray Four-eyed Opossum at the tanager feeders at the Canopy Lodge last night!

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June 16 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Danilos Mega Birding Extravaganza!

Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Orange-bellied Trogon, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Slaty-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Black-crowned Antpitta, Streak-chested Antpitta and Barred Forest-Falcon are just a few of the highlights seen during this multi

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June 12 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Fantastic Sightings from the Canal Zone and Western Foothills!!

Alex reports some Old Gamboa Road specialties, including Spectacled Owl and Boat-billed Heron, while Danilo turned up some rarities and other great birds in the trails of the Canopy Adventure, including Tody Motmot and White-tipped Sicklebill!

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June 10 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Exciting Bird and Mammal Sightings from the El Valle area

Tino reports more highlights from the El Valle area  Tawny-crested Tanager, Orange-bellied Trogon, Emerald Tanager and White-tipped Sicklebill, among many others over the last couple days. An exciting and elusive mammal, a Greater Grison, was also spott

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June 01 2013 Jenn Sinasac

A Great Day at Altos Del Maria!

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle!! Snowcap, Elegant Euphonia, Streak-chested Antpitta & Orange-bellied Trogon among many highlights this week at Altos Del Maria!

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May 28 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Gaital Hill highlights with Danilo

Highlights from Gaital Hill  Black Guan, White-ruffed Manakin and the beautiful Orange-bellied Trogon among many others!

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May 09 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Excellent Sightings at Altos del Maria with Tino

A great day of birding at Altos del Maria included great views of Streak-chested Antpitta, Elegant Euphonia, Red-faced Spinetail, Snowcap, Dull-mantled Antbird and more!

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May 06 2013 Jenn Sinasac

April Pipeline Road Extravaganza!

Streak-chested Antpitta!!! Russet Antshrike, Black-striped Woodcreeper, Ocellated Antbird, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Brownish Twistwing, Speckled Mourner and more!

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April 26 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Highlights from Tino at the Canopy Lodge!

Tino Sanchez and his group reports some goodies around El Valle de Anton from this week! Black-and-yellow Tanager, Eye-ringed Flatbill, Blue-throated Toucanet, Hepatic Tanager and White-tipped Sicklebill among many great birds!

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April 23 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Cerro Azul Hummingbirds and more!

Enticing report from Cerro Azul includes the impressive White-tipped Sicklebill, Spotted Woodcreeper, Speckled Tanager and Tawny-capped Euphonia this past week.

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April 22 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great birds at Achiote Road and Pipeline Road this week!

Highlights from Achiote Road: Black-crowned Tityra, Savanna Hawk, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Ocellated Antbird and White-headed Wren! Highlights from Pipeline Road: Streak-chested Antpitta, Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant and Collared Forest-Falcon!

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April 19 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Great Canopy Tower Sightings

Great birds: Choco Screech-Owl, Jet Antbird, Rufous Nightjar and Capped Heron

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April 15 2013 Jenn Sinasac

More Goodies from Cerro Azul with Alexis

Highlights from Cerro Azul  Endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker!! Blue-fronted Parrotlet, Violet-capped Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant, White Hawk and more!

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April 08 2013 Jenn Sinasac

Cerro Azul's Hummingbird Haven

This is NOT an April Fools!! NINE Rufous-crested Coquettes were seen at different locations while birding in Cerro Azul earlier this week! Green Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird and more!

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April 04 2013 Carlos Bethancourt

Fantastic trip with the Audubon Naturalist Society

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Rufous Nightjar, Streak-chested Antpitta, White-tipped Sicklebill, Royal Flycatcher, Lance-tailed Manakin, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Orange-bellied Trogon, Black Guan, White-tailed Emerald, Tropical Screech-Owl, Sunbittern!!!

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March 18 2013 Carlos Bethancourt

Danilos Canopy Lodge Birding Extravaganza

Crimson-bellied Woodpecker!! Black Guan, White-tailed Emerald, Orange-bellied Nightingale-Thrush, Rufous Mourner, Thrush-like Schiffornis, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Snowcap, Spotted Barbtail, Red-faced Spinetail, Rufous-browed Tyrannulet, Band-tailed Barbt

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March 10 2013 Carlos Bethancourt

Tino and Field Guides score big at Juan Hombron

They had a great time along the coast today where they located several
intersting birds, including:
Llesser Yellow Headed Vulture,
Veraguan Mango (near endemic),
Lance-tailed Manakin,
Wood Stork,
Common Black Hawk,
Savanna Hawk,
Brown-throated Par

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February 26 2013 Carlos Bethancourt

VENT at Altos del Maria

Kevin Zimmer's VENT group, with local leader Danilo, score nicely at Altos!

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February 06 2013 Jerry Harrison

Achiote Road and Michael Castro a good combination!

Achiote Road and Michael Castro a good combination! On the last day of January a day-trip to Achiote provided the following highlights: Savanna...

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February 01 2013 Linda Harrison

Cara Iguana and Tino!

Tino found some great birds today at El Valle's Cara Iguana trail:

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January 28 2013 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and his group had a great day at Altos del Maria.

Danilo and his group had a great day at Altos del Maria. Along with many fantastic birds, they spotted two very nice mammals...

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January 25 2013 Linda Harrison

Ocellated Antbirds and Many Bicolored Antbirds at Cerro Azul today

Today I found 2 beautiful Ocellated Antbirds (A lifer!)

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January 24 2013 Abir Quiroz

Sightings of the week!

Michael Castro found some great birds for birders at the Canopy Tower this week on Pipeline Road. Among the highlights were Short-billed Pigeon, ....

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January 12 2013 Linda Harrison

Sunbittern at Canopy Adventure Trail!

Eliecer reported a gorgeous Sunbittern today

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January 06 2013 Jerry Harrison

Pipeline Road producing great birds, including an Ornate Hawk- Eagle!

My last 2 recent outings to Pipeline have been fantastic. Here are just some highlights:

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January 06 2013 Michael Castro

Night Drive Spectacular

Last night, Alexis Sanchez led a group of 3 on a night drive down Semaphore Hill, and they hit the jackpot!

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December 30 2012 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and VENT do very well in El Valle

At the Canopy Adventure yesterday, highlights included:
Tody Motmot,
White Hawk,
White-tipped Sicklebill,
Mottled Owl

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December 24 2012 Jerry Harrison

Ground Cuckoo and much more!!!

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Lance-tailed Manakin, Green Shrike-Vireo, Common Potoo, King Vulture, White-throated Crake, Blue Cotinga, Golden-winged Warbler, Ocellated Antbird, Speckled Mourner, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Yellow-

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December 17 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

Eliecer and his group had a great day at Altos del Maria!

A day-trip to Altos del Maria added some great birds to the checklist. The highlights included:....

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November 27 2012 Linda Harrison


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November 24 2012 Jerry Harrison


yes, that is 2 different cuckoos at 2 different locales in 24 hours! Unreal!

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November 24 2012 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and group find ground cuckoo at watercress trail!

At Jordanal Danilo and his lucky group saw:

Gray-headed Kite
Brown-hooded Parrot
Spot-crowned Barbet
Emerald Tanager
Crested Oropendola
White-whiskered Puffbird
Barred Puffbird
Jet Antbird...
Pacific Antwren....

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November 24 2012 Jerry Harrison

WINGS with Gavin Bieber & Alex Sanchez keep racking them up!

THE BEST OF ACHIOTE ROAD...White-headed Wren, Spot-crowned Barbet, Pied Puffbird... Long-tailed Tyrant and great view of Killdeer...

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November 23 2012 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and group do very well at Juan Hombron & Cerro Gaital

At Hombron:
Yellow-crowned Parrot...

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December 12 2012 Jerry Harrison


Near Juan Grande River we found Collared Forest-Falcon...

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November 20 2012 Jerry Harrison

This week at the Canopy Lodge, Danilo and his group have had great success!

This week at the Canopy Lodge, Danilo and his group have had great success! Highlights include:

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November 20 2012 Jerry Harrison

Pipeline Road with Alexis on November 15th

At Frijoles river the group found Great Curassow (2 females),...

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November 20 2012 Linda Harrison


Yes, it's true, among other birds, the cuckoo is back!

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November 14 2012 Jerry Harrison

Tino & NatureTrek score big on birds!

Yesterday, Tino recorded great birds at Juan Hombron & El Chiru

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November 14 2012 Jerry Harrison

Day-trip to Altos del Maria offered up some fantastic birds!

The NatureTrek group, led by Tino, spent the day at Altos del Maria and returned to the
Lodge with some great birds...

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November 11 2012 Linda Harrison

NatureTrek group and some great birds!

Tino found some great birds at the Canopy Adventure trails for the group, including Tawny-crested Tanager, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Rufous Motmot,...

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November 10 2012 Linda Harrison

VENT at Altos del Maria

The dynamic combination of Lodge guide Danilo and VENT leader Barry Zimmer made for a great day at Altos del Maria!

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November 07 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Eliecer red-hot at finding awesome birds! Oh, yeah, he found a ground cuckoo, too!

Eliecer and his very appreciative birding group had great success the past two days at La Mesa, Valle Chiquito & Altos del Maria! Check out the highlights!

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October 12 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Eliecer & El Valle hotspots equal great birds!

Eliecer continues to shine as a topnotch birding guide, witnessed by great birds seen the last 2 days for his birding friends at the Canopy Lodge.!

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October 11 2012 Jerrry Harrison

A great mammal on Saturday and fantastic birds on Sunday

At Metro Park on Saturday, Alexis found for his group of birders a family of Panamanian Night Monkeys along with many birds. Sunday a trip to Cerro Azul, yielded some great hummers...

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October 10 2012 Linda Harrison

Great birds including a Ground....

On Wedensday, Alexis and his birding group had a Great Jacamar and Marbled Wood-Quail at the Canopy Tower and then....

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October 10 2012 Linda Harrison

Eliecer finds 2 owl species and more at Cara Iguana

Eliecer found for his happy birding friends:

Rufous-breasted Wren,

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October 09 2012 Jerry & Linda Harrison

First Dragonflies tour at Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge

A group of 15 dragonfly (odonate) enthusiasts from the US, UK, France and Denmark spent a week based at Canopy Tower from 25 August followed by a week at Canopy Lodge. Led by New World dragonflies expert Dennis Paulson and Dave Smallshire, they found,....

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September 17 2012 Linda Harrison

Sunrise Birding Group

We just finished a wonderful birding tour with Sunrise Birding group at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge. During the last 10 days we got to see an amazing number of birds,...

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September 15 2012 Linda Harrison

Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Cinnamon Becard, Cinnamon Woodpecker

We had a fantastic afternoon birding along the Chagres River where the Rosy Thrush-Tanager put on a great show for us as we enjoyed observing it calling through the telescope, other species that we got to see very well were; Yellow-tailed Oriole, Black-

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September 04 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

An almost tragedy becomes a big surprise at Cerro Azul!

Early this morning I heard that ugly thump sound that a bird makes when it strikes a window. I jumped up and went to the dining room window and peaked down. There it was, a plump green hummer, stunned, up-side-down and needing assistance.

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August 11 2012 Jerry Harrison

Fall migration has begun!

Today, in Cerro Azul, a male Orchard Oriole came to our feeders!

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August 10 2012 Jerry Harrison

Birding from the Canopy Lodge

Eliecer had a busy week with trips to Juan Hombron/El Chiru, Cerro Gaital and the Canopy Adventure trails. Among the birds seen were...

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August 09 2012 Linda Harrison

Tyler Audubon spends a week at the Tower

I had another fantastic week of birding with Tyler Audubon (Texas). Some of the highlights were Bicolored & Spotted Antbirds,...

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July 31 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

!0 hummer species and more at Cerro Azul

Today, Alexis and 3 happy birders had a great time at Cerro Azul...

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July 28 2012 Jerry Harrison

Nice botanical find on Semaphore Hill

During a tour with the Panama Garden Club yesterday, biologists Jerry & Linda Harrison found, in addition to some pretty cool birds, a Costus species that was new to them. The pink costus, C. guanaiensis, is one of the "spiral gingers." See pic above.

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July 20 2012 Jerry Harrison

Two female Rufous-crested Coquettes at the same time.

Gina & Adam Kent and Kyle Kittelberger spent a couple of days at the Canopy Tower and a day at Cerro Azul.

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July 13 2012 Jerry Harrison

Renowned Ornithologist Visits Canopy Tower

I spent a wonderful week of birding with Mr. Chandler Robbins and his family! It was a great pleasure to share our Panama birds with such a wonderful person.

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July 06 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

Pipeline Road pays off once again!

After a vacation Alexis hit the ground running. He took his group to Pipeline road for an afternoon of birding.

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June 23 2012 Linda Harrison

Great discoveries at the Rainforest Discovery Center!

Carlos had a great afternoon at the Rainforest Discovery Center with a family from Idaho!

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June 23 2012 Linda Harrison

17...and counting

Since October 2011, Jerry & Linda Harrison, biologists for the CTF, have recorded 17 species of hummers at or near their feeders, which is a regular stop on the Cerro Azul tour from the Canopy Tower. Here is the tally:

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June 23 2012 Jerry Harrison

Ocellated Antbird & more on Semaphore Hill!

Most visitors who come here for the first time have studied up on the birding locations they most want to visit, like Pipeline Road, Metro Park and Achiote Road. Actually, one of the best places is right next to the Tower: Semaphore Hill.

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June 21 2012 Jerry Harrison

Domi scopes Pheasant Cuckoo at Pipeline!

The normally hard-to-see Pheasant Cuckoo was called in close

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June 19 2012 Jerry Harrison

Domi has great day at Pipeline!

Yesterday, Domi and his birding friends found great birds along world famous Pipeline Road! Highlights include a Tawny-faced Gnatwren,

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June 18 2012 Jerry Harrison

Summit Ponds yield great birds!

This morning Domi and his group headed to Summit Ponds where they found both Capped and Boat-billed Herons.

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June 15 2012 Linda Harrison

Domi finds cool mammals!

At Fort San Lorenzo Domi's group found more than just great birds, they saw...

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June 12 2012 Jerry Harrison

Plantation Trail/Achiote Road

Domi had a great two days for his appreciative birding friends.

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June 10 2012 Jerry Harrison

Eliecer and Las Minas a Great Combination!

Eliecer and his small group explored Las Minas this morning. Their search for birds paid off!

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June 12 2012 Linda Harrison

White-tipped Sicklebill behind Canopy Lodge.

Canopy Lodge guide Danilo Rodriguez has been seeing a sicklebill hanging around Heliconius flowers next to the lodge.

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June 12 2012 Jerry Harrison

King Vulture at Cerro Azul

While enjoying breakfast on the terrace yesterday, Linda Harrison spotted a King Vulture soaring majestically overhead.

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June 10 2012 Jerry Harrison

RVGC & BCAP...are you curious?

Many of you know how much I love what I do for a living. A big part of that is thanks to the fact that my office is outside in the wonderful nature that Panama has to offer!

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May 30 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

Sharp-eyed Danilo and Patric Warfield find good birds at Las Minas

Sharp-eyed Danilo and Patric Warfield find good birds at Las Minas, including a very nice Black Hawk-Eagle!

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May 24 2012 Jerry Harrison

Rare Fasciated Tiger-Heron found at the Canopy Adventure!

Danilo discovered a rare and beautiful Fasciated Tiger-Heron near the Canopy Adventure, from a birding excursion he led from the Canopy Lodge!

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May 20 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Blue Cotinga and more at the CanopyTower Observation Deck

Domi found for his lucky birding friends not only the cotinga but also...

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May 20 2012 Jerry Harrison

Great birds seen from Canopy Lodge veranda!

Even before going off on an official bird tour, you can get some real gems right off the veranda near the feeders.

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May 14 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush at Cerro Azul

For the last two mornings, we have been awakened by the fluty, 5-note piping song of the Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush.

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May 09 2012 Jerry Harrison

Newsflash!!! Agami Heron at Pipeline!

Domi finds rare Agami Heron.

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May 05 2012 Jerry Harrison

Bird-eating Snake takes up residence at Harrisons

A 1.5-meter-long Bird-eating Snake or Mahogany Snake (Pseutes poecilonotus) was in hot pursuit of a Clay-colored Robin nest of chicks.

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May 05 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Domi finds great birds on Plantation!

Plantation Trail proves fruitful again! Domi had a great day on Plantation...

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May 04 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Domi finds a real gem at Summit Ponds

Domi had a good afternoon at Summit.

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May 02 2012 Jerrry Harrison

Eliecer & La Mesa: a great combination!

La Mesa is one of the best birding spots in Central Panama, especially with a top-notch bird guide like Eliecer!

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April 26 2012 Jerry Harrison

Domi finds Pheasant Cuckoo and more on Plantation Trail

Domi and his group of birders have a great morning on Plantation Trail.

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April 21 2012 Jerry Harrison

Everything is not just black and white at Cerro Gaital!

On April 20th, Eliecer led his group of birders to Cerro Gaital. Some of the highlights of the day were...

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April 20 2012 Linda Harrison

Mob scene at Cerro Azul

At the residence of our biologists, Jerry & Linda Harrison, quite a commotion was going on in a tree about 30 meters from their back terrace today.

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April 18 2012 Jerry & Linda Harrison

Speckled Mourner, Blue Cotinga, White-tailed Trogon, Green Shrike-Vireo

The birding from the Observation deck was outstanding this morning; we got nice views of a male Blue Cotinga, Green Shrike-Vireo, Gray-headed Kite, Scaled Pigeon and Scarlet Tanager! After breakfast we worked our way down and just outside the Canopy Towe

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April 16 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

Black Hawk-Eagle at Canopy Adventure

Danilo and his group spent the morning on the Canopy Adventure trails and came away with some great birds!

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April 16 2012 Linda Harrison

Great day at Cerro Azul includes Slate-colored Seedeater and 14 species of hummers!

Domi and his group of three had a fantastic day at Cerro Azul! After a tally of all the hummingbird feeders, 14 species were seen.

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April 14 2012 Linda Harrison

Two Toucanet species found!

Both the Blue-throated and Yellow-eared Toucanets were spotted by Tino along the Canopy Adventure road.

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April 13 2012 Jerry Harrison

Domi and his birding friends go cuckoo at pipeline!

Domi and two birding friends from Colombia not only found the Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo,

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April 02 2012 Jerry Harrison

Eliecer and his birding friends find two rail species at Juan Hombron!

Eliecer tried to out-do his competition by getting two species of rails in one day:

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March 22 2012 Jerry Harrison

Hawk-eyed Danilo is on fire!

It is not very often that one can get two species of hawk-eagles in one day,

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March 21 2012 Jerry Harrison

Ground Cuckoo and Sunbittern still hanging around at the Lodge!

Tino reports that Danilo & Eliecer are seeing the Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo at Chorro Macho above the Canopy Adventure and a Sunbittern in the creek by the Canopy Lodge!

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March 21 2012 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and a ground-cuckoo cross paths again! Today!

Over the past two days Danilo not only found for his lucky birders a White Hawk, Bay-headed Tanager, Tawny-crested Tanager and even a Prothonotary Warbler at the feeders,

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March 17 2012 Jerry Harrison

Tino finds sicklebill & more at Canopy Adventure!

Super guide/manager Tino Sanchez strikes again!

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March 14 2012 Jerry Harrison

The warbler migration is on, with Prothonotary seen & more at Juan Hombron!

Moyo, the ever-popular guide of the Canopy Lodge, found for his group...

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March 07 2012 Jerry Harrison

Popular Canopy Tower Guide, Domi Alveo, found some great birds along Semaphore Hill.

For his very appreciative bird goup, Domi encountered Golden-crowned Spadebill,

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March 06 2012 Jerry Harrison

Great bird guiding turns up more than just birds!

Master guide Carlos Bethancourt found Ya te vi!

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March 05 2012 Jerry Harrison

Rufous-crested Coquette, Mottled Owl and more at Canopy Adventure and Canopy Lodge!

Canopy Lodge manager and long-time master bird, butterfly, frog and you-name-it guide, Tino Sanchez, had a geat day.

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March 04 2012 Jerry Harrison

Great birds and an amazing reptile on Talon Tours trip!!!

Carlos met Ken Wilson of Talon Tours along with his wife Becky and their group of enthusiastic birders at the airport to begin their bird-packed 10-day adventure at the Canopy Tower and Lodge!

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February 29 2012 Linda Harrison

Domi finds Northern Tamandua, 3 monkey species, Hoffmanns Two-toed Sloth and, by the way, many cool birds as well at Pipeline!

Domi Alveo & three excited birders had a tremendous day at Pipeline!

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February 23 2012 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and his bird-finding expertise pay off at Altos!

Danilo continues to see nearly all of the difficult species at Altos del

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February 19 2012 Jerry Harrison

A morning in the Darien lowlands.

Raul Arias de Para and Jerry & Linda Harrison went to the future site of the Canopy Camp (Darien)

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February 17 2012 Jerry & Linda Harrison

Not one...not two...but THREE Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers at Cerro Azul...and more!

Nando led a birding trip to Cerro Azul, and what a day they had!

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February 14 2012 Jerry Harrison

Danilo and his gang of seven!

Danilo scores big at Juan Hombron!

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February 12 2012 Jerry Harrison

Sicklebill, leaftosser and more at Altos del Maria!

Danilo guided seven very good birders to bird-rich Altos today and scored on many area specialties,

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February 09 2012 Jerry Harrison

Barred Hawk and Black-crowned Antpitta at Las Minas

Once again, a morning at Las Minas proved to be very fruitful, offering up a great array of species!

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February 06 2012 Linda Harrison

Western Pygmy Squirrel, 4 cool hummers and more at Altos!

Eliecer and his birding friends had some great finds today! Altos del Maria yielded some usually hard-to-get birds...

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February 07 2012 Jerry Harrison

Rosy Thrush-Tanager and more at Water Cress/Mata Ahogado Rd.

The awesome thrush-tanager, often difficult to see but easy to hear,

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February 05 2012 Jerry Harrison

Black-crowned Antpitta, again, at Las Minas!

The guias at the Canopy Lodge have really been doing a great job finding the specialties!

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February 05 2012 Jerry Harrison

Ocellated Antbird & more at Pipeline!

Domi Alveo had five enthusiastic birders today explore Pipeline Road. With that many keen eyes trained on the forest, good results happen!

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January 31 2012 Jerry Harrison

Black-crowned Antpitta and more!

Las Minas trail once again proved to be very fruitful, as we found many specialties,

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January 30 2012 Jerry Harrison

Wow, what a bird...the Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo

Yes, a magnificent Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo was seen while trying for a Tody Motmot, which we saw, too...

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January 30 2012 Linda Harrison

Rufous-crested Coquette in the Canopy Lodge gardens

Birding around the lodge gardens can be fantastic...

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January 30 2012 Jerry Harrison

Las Minas/Cara Iguana: Spot-crowned Barbet/Tody Motmot

A morning of Caribbean Slope birding at Las Minas yielded some great finds! Notable birds seen included Blue-throated Toucanet,

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January 27 2012 Linda Harrison

Aplomado Falcon

Today we were off for a day of birding in Dry Pacific Forest of Juan Hombron. Among the many birds recorded were Yellow-crowned Parrot,

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January 26 2012 Linda Harrison

Ornate Hawk-Eagle at Rio Indio

During this morning of Caribbean Slope birding, we had some great sightings of some of the area specialties. Eliecer found an awesome

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January 25 2012 Linda Harrison

Blue-fronted Parrotlet

A beautiful Blue-fronted Parrotlet, a rather scarce bird of the foothills of eastern Panama...

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January 27 2012 Jerry & Linda Harrison

Swallow-tailed Kites

While on a botanical excursion, I noticed the first Swallow-tailed Kites

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January 24 2012 Jerry Harrison

Cool plant from Darien

On a recent visit to Darien, I discovered a new bizarre plant, well, new to me anyway.

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January 19 2012 Raul Arias de Para

Bare-crowned Antbird

Achiote road was fantastic, especially because after a couple of years of only hearing the Bare-crowned Antbird,

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January 10 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

Pheasant Cuckoo

After an early breakfast we took our good friend Jeri Langham with his VENT group to the Rain Forest Discovery Center, we went right away to the Observation Tower where we got to see a beautiful Collared Forest-Falcon calling; scope views were absolutely

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January 09 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

White-tipped Sicklebill

What a great day of birding at a great spot: La Mesa!

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January 09 2012 Linda Harrison

Tody Motmot

On the trails around the Canopy Lodge, led by Eliecer Rodriguez, four guests enjoyed a great morning of birding.

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January 09 2012 Linda Harrison

Quick ID but not just birds

On a recent VENT trip led by Tony Nunnery of VENT and Carlos Bethancourt

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January 09 2012 Jerry Harrison, CTF Biologist

Valle Chiquito & Tody Motmot

This morning on a tour to Valle Chiquito, Danilo reported the following hgihlights: the majestic White Hawk

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January 07 2012 Linda Harrison

VENT Night Drive!

Our good friend and VENT leader Jeri Langham sent us the following report from his night drive last night at the Canopy Tower:

After dinner, we met downstairs at 7:45 p.m. for our only spotlighting night while at the Canopy Tower. In my eight years of

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January 07 2012 Carlos Bethancourt

Army Ant Swarm at Plantation Trail!!!

Ocellated, Bicolored, Spotted, Chestnut-backed and Dusky Antbird were seeing today at Plantation trail. After a wonderful morning at the Canopy Tower's observation deck, our top Guide Nando took some keen-eyed birders for a fun morning of birding!!! Ever

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December 28 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Black-breasted Puffbird, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Red-capped Manakin, Yellow-throated Vireo, Green Shrike-Vireo

It is great to start the week at Canopy Tower with a wonderful mixed flock of bird at eye level!!! Right outside the Canopy Tower dining room we were able to observe a good number of local and migrant birds in a mixed flock...

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December 12 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Ornate Hawk Eagle, Barred Hawk, Yellow-eared Toucanet, King Vulture, Violet-Capped Hummingbird, Stripe-Cheeked Woodpecker, Ocellated Antbird.

These are some of the highlights of this week of birding at the Canopy Tower. I took a group of 7 pax to Cerro Azul (Nov 28th) for a full day of birding and two of our target birds for the day were Striped-cheeked Woodpecker and Violet-capped Hummingbird

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December 05 2011 Carlos Bethancourt


Here are some highlights from our most-recent Darien trip (Nov. 14-20), led by Beny Wilson & Moyo Rodriguez, with 2 enthusiastic birders.
Striped Owl
Black Oropendola
Barred Puffbird
Bare-crowned Antbird
Golden-green Woodpecker
Spot-breasted Woodpec

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November 22 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Barred Puffbird at Achiote Road

Domi Alveo, spot this amazing bird at Achiote road while leading a Best of Central Panama tour. This is the first time we get a report from Achiote road of this bird by one of our guide in 12 years!!! We normally get to see this bird around Jordanal near

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November 14 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Neomorphus geoffroyi at the Canopy Lodge!

Our senior guide Danilo Rodriguez took our friends from Nederland, Ronald Messemaker and his wife Astrid Kant, birding around Canopy Adventure to look for Ronalds most wanted bird, The Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi) and they got it!!!

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November 06 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Yellow-collared Chlorophonia at Altos del Maria

Today two of our top guides Danilo Rodriguez and Moyo Rodriguez went to Altos del Maria for a full day of birding. What Danilo and Moyo did not know is that they will found a lifer today, for both of them Yes!!! An immature male Yellow-collared Chlorop

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October 31 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Slate-colored Seedeater & Sulphur-rumped Tanager at Jordanal

Our good friend and international VENT leader Barry Zimmer got these two lifers at Jordanal while leading a VENT tour at Canopy Lodge. Congratulation amigo!
Others highlights of todays birding trip were; Barred Puffbird, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Blue-throa

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October 26 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Antbirds at Pipeline road!!!

After a delicious breakfast at Canopy Tower, I took my friends from UK to the world famous Pipeline road for a full day of birding. Once there we got to see many of the antbirds we were hoping for, so here is the list; Ocellated Antbird, Bicolored Antbird

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October 24 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

A pair of Black-crowned Antpitta

Today we had great views of a pair of Black-crowned Antpitta at El Cope National Park. This bird can be a difficult one to see but today we manage to get a good view of it!!!
Some of the highlights from today were: Yellow-eared Toucanet, Golden-olive W

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October 21 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch

Today my friends from UK, David, Sue, Stef Cohen, Alex Bowen, Jim and Sue Graham woke up very early to enjoy the Canopy Lodge's feeders, where we had beautiful views of Rufous Motmot, Orange-billed Sparrow, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rufous-capped Warbler,

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October 17 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

The Sky is Falling

Early morning I went to Panama City to meet up with my friends from UK who are visiting us for the second time. When we planned this trip, my friends were very interested in the Hawk Migration, so I told them to come in mid October...

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October 16 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

White-headed Wren

After a early morning departure, Alexis Sanchez and his group arrived at Achiote Road, and right away he spotted a White-headed Wren...

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October 13 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

A great morning of birding at Cerro Azul

A great morning of birding at Cerro Azul was had by all due to our guide, Alexis Sanchez. He found the area's endemic woodpecker, the Stripe-cheeked, at Cerro Jefe.

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October 11 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

A great morning of birding at Cerro Azul

A great morning of birding at Cerro Azul was had by all due to our guide, Alexis Sanchez. He found the area's endemic woodpecker, the Stripe-cheeked, at Cerro Jefe.

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October 11 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo in La Mesa

Danilo Rodriguez spotted the RFVG yesterday in La Mesa. Hopefully it will still be in the vicinity for a VENT group that is coming to El Valle next week.

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October 16 2011 Danilo Rodriguez

Hawk Migration has begun!

Cesar Pinzon, our Hawk specialist and raptor spotter, has reported that this year's fall migration has begun!

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October 12 2011 Cesar Pinzon

Army Ants Swarm on Pipeline road!

Our top guide Domi Alveo, found several army ants swarm along the world famous Pipeline road while guiding photographer Owen Deutsch.

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October 10 2011 Domi Alveo

Collared Forest-Falcon on Semaphore Hill Road

After a beautiful morning on the Canopy Tower observation deck, we ventured down Semaphore Hill Road where we spotted an adult Collared Forest-Falcon along the road.

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October 10 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Altos del Maria and La Mesa/Las Minas Road

Altos del MarĂ­a 31 de agosto de 2011.

White Hawk
Brown Hooded Parrot
Green Thorntail
White Tailed Emerald
Orange Bellied Trogon
Spotted Barbtail
Smoky Brown Woodpecker
red Faced Spinetail
Russet Antshrike
Slaty Antwren
Rufous Browne

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September 01 2011 Danilo Rodriguez

Harpy Eagle near the Canopy Tower

A Harpy Eagle released by the Peregrine Fund three years ago was spotted this morning near the Canopy Tower. It is not one of the captive bred individuals that were released in Soberania National Park by this organization, but rather a bird that had been

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October 10 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Forest Falcons, Antbirds and Kingfisher at Pipeline road

Pipeline road for a full day! It was a little bit cloudy when we left the Canopy Tower but once in Pipeline road the sun came out so the clouds disappears and bird activity began!!!

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July 23 2011 Carlos Bethancourt (John Sterling Group)

Yellow-green Tyrannulet in Metropolitan Park

We woke up early morning to head to the Metropolitan Park! It was not very long when we hit an amazing mix flock of birds at the entrance of the Park...birding at Metro Park...

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July 28 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Some early morning sightings from the Darien Lowlands

Gray-breasted Crake, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Capped Heron, Limpkin, Southern Lapwing, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, White-headed Wren, Black Oropendola, Striped Cuckoo and we havent had breakfast yet!!!

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July 27 2011 Beny Wilson and Moyo Rodriguez

Llano Carti Rd and Darien Lowlands

These are some of the "best" birds seen by our Dutch friends Yvonne and Atze in their first 2 days in our Darien Lowlands tour. Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Black-capped Donacobius, Crane Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Black Oropendola, Orange-crowned Oriole, Long-b

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July 26 2011 Beny Wilson and Moyo Rodriguez

This mornings sightings in La Mesa, EL Valle

Black-crowned Antpitta
Wedge-tailed Grass Finch
Tawny-crested Tanager
Scale-breasted Pigmy Tyrant
Tawny-capped Euphonia
Silver-throated Tanager
Common Bush Tanager

Danilo also found an antswarm and heard the Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo but the te

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July 11 2011 Danilo Rodriguez

Spectacular sightings in Cerro Azul

All the foothill tanagers that have made Cerro Azul and Cerro Jefe famous were seen yesterday by Alexis: Emerald, Speckled, Rufous-winged and Black and Yellow Tanager. Plus the endemic Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker.

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July 05 2011 Alexis "Alex" Sanchez

Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo in the Canopy Adventure

Today Tino took a couple of birders to the Canopy Adventure trails and spotted the Holy Grail of Neotropical birding, Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo!

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July 03 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Beny and Moyo are back in the Darien Lowlands

Today is the first day of our third tour to the Darien Lowlands, lead by Beny WIlson and Moyo Rodriguez. They stopped in the Nusagandi Road and these are the best birds they saw:
Slate-throated Gnatcatcher, Slaty-colored Grossbeak, Rufous Piha, Black and

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June 28 2011 Raul Arias de Para

A White-headed Wren in La Mesa

Today Eliecer reported a White-headed Wren in La Mesa, near the Canopy Lodge. This is the first report ever of this bird in this area.

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June 28 2011 Eliecer Rodriguez

A visit to the lowlands in the Caribbean slope, North of El Valle

This time we took our group north of El Valle, to the Caribbean slope, these are some of the birds seen:

Spot-crowned Barbet
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
Ocellated Antbird
Pacific Antwren
Plumbeous Kite
Rufous-breasted Hermit
Black-bellied Wren

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June 22 2011 Danilo Rodriguez

A morning visit to the Pacific Lowlands of Central Panama

Here is a list of some of the lowland birds (scrub habitat) seen by Danilo and his group yesterday.

Savannah Hawk
Crested Bob White
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Sapphire-throated Hummingbird
Mouse-colored Tyrannulet
Rufous-browed Pepper Shrike

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June 22 2011 Danilo Rodriguez

El Cope National Park

A visit to El Cope by Moyo and two English birders yielded several species of the cloud forest of Central Panama, as follows:

Black-crowned Antpitta
Streak-chested Antpitta
Golden Olive Woodpecker
Strong-billed Woodcreeper
Stripe-breasted W

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June 20 2011 Harmodio "Moyo" Rodriguez

A visit to Altos del Maria

Our top guide "Moyo" Rodriguez took two keen English birders to Altos del Maria and they came back with great sightings:

Brown-billed Scythebill
White-tailed Emerald
Semi-plumbeous Hawk
White-throated Spadebill
Black-eared Wood Quail

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June 22 2011 Harmodio "Moyo" Rodriguez

24 hours in the Darien Lowlands

Carlos recently spent 24 hours birding the Darien Lowlands, check his report here. Great pictures of Darien specialties, Black Oropendola, Rufuos-tailed Jacamar, Black-capped Donacobious and others.

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June 03 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

El Valle sightings

canopy adventure.24.5.11.

tody motmot
red crowned ant tanager
white tipped sicklebill
gray necked wood rail

las minas.25.5.11.

black crowned antpitta
black and yellow tanager
orange bellied trogon
slaty antwren
spot crowned ant vireo

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May 25 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

A morning in Pipeline Rd.

These are some of the best sightings of a recent morning in Pipeline Rd.
Slaty backed Forest Falcon
Green and Rufous Kingfisher
Scaly throated Leaftosser
Moustached Antwren
Speckled Mourner
Streak chested Antpitta
Brownish Twistwing

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May 20 2011 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Fourth day in the Darien Lowlands

Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Little Cuckoo, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Capped Heron, Black-capped Donacobius, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Gray-checked Nunlet, Hook-billed Kite, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Crane Hawk, Golden-green Woodpecker, White-headed Wren and Ti

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May 16 2011 Beny Wilson

Recent visits to Achiote, Cerro Azul and Pipeline

Achiote Wednesday May 11 montezuma oropendola, pacific antwren and white-headed wren Cerro Azul Friday May 13 olive,speckled and black-and-yellow tanagers, striped-cheeked woodpecker
Pipeline Sunday May 15/11 moustached antwren and agami heron

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May 15 2011 Alexis "Alex" Rodriguez

First day sightings in the Darien Lowlands

First day of Canopy Tower's first commercial tour to the Darien Lowlands, led by B. Wilson and Moyo Rodriguez of the Canopy Lodge with two birders from Belgium. These are some of the "best" birds they saw: Rufous-winged Antwren, Pied-water Tyrant, Cattle

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May 13 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Tiny Hawk in Pipeline road

After an early breakfast Eliecer and I took our friends from Manatee Audubon to world famous Pipeline Road for a full day! It was nice and sunny, but started a little bit quiet- but not for long! Birds like Rufous Mourner, Speckled Mourner, Brownish Twis

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April 29 2011 Carlos Bethancourt and Eliecer Rodriguez

Collared Forest-Falcon Canopy Tower Observation Deck + Plantation trail

We woke up early morning to enjoy the Canopy Tower observation deck with our friends from Florida (Manatee Audubon), and the birding from the observation deck was outstanding, especially when a Green Shrike-Vireo gave us wonderful scopes views!

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April 28 2011 Carlos Bethancourt and Eliecer Rodriguez

Altos de Maria

altos del maria

red faced spinetail
orange bellied trogon
tawny capped euphonia
black and yellow tanager
rufous browed tyrannulet
white hawk
spotted woodcreeper.

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April 23 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Las Mozas Road

las mozas road

rosy thrush tanager
road side hawk
long billed star throat
rufous breasted wren

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April 21 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

One morning in the Observation Deck of the Canopy Tower and a hike in Plantation Trail

We started our morning at the Tower observation deck where a Green Shrike-Vireo once again came into scope views for everyone, as well as Brown-hooded Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot, Mealy and Red-lored Amazon Scaled Pigeon and Killed-billed Toucan could not

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April 20 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker and many other birds in Cerro Azul

What a wonderful day we all had in the western foothills of Cerro Azul. It was sunny and not much wind, so the birding was fantastic from the beginning to the end. Birds we scored on included Ornate Hawk-Eagle, King Vulture, White Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kit

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April 19 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Portland Audubon's memorable sightings around the Canopy Lodge

18.4.11.canopy adventure trail.
tody motmot
white tipped sicklebill
bay wren
bay headed tanager.

las minas.19.4.11.
orange bellied trogon
tawny capped euphonia
barred hawk.

cara iguana......
barred antshrike
lesser elaenia
rufous and whit

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April 19 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Today's sightings from the Canopy Adventure Trail near the Canopy Lodge

canopy adventure.6,4,11.
tody motmot
black throated trogon
white tipped sycklebill
eye ringed flatbill
rufous and white wren
sepia capped flycatcher
spotted woodcreeper.

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April 06 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Some sightings from Achiote Road, Caribbean Side.

achiote road 31 3 2011 4 pax

white headed wren
green and rufous kingfisher
spot crowned barbet
pacific antwren
pied puffbird
montezuma oropendola
rufous breasted hermit

neotropical river otter

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April 02 2011 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Uniform Crake again in the gardens of the Canopy Lodge

This time I got to see this rare crake which, evidently, is not so rare in the Canopy Lodge. It has been seen several times during the last month.

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March 28 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Some of the birds seen yesterday in La Mesa

Blue Throated Toucanet
Green Thorntail
Rufous Crested Coquette
Eye Ringed Flatbill
Slaty Antwren
Black Throated Mango
Orange Bellied Trogon
Spotted Antbird
Barred Hawk

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March 27 2011 Danilo Rodriguez

This mornings sightings in La Mesa, EL Valle

Blue-throated Toucanet (3), Dull-mantled Anbird (2), Spot-crowned Antvireo, Slaty Antwren, Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch. Today in La Mesa.

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March 27 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

An Emerald Tanager making a nest in Jordanal

Today we had great views of an Emerald Tanager making a nest. This is one of the prettiest tanagers of the area and we all saw it very well, We also saw the Barred Puffbird and later, in Valle Chiquito, the Tody Motmot and the Lance-tailed Manakin.

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March 26 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

A Rufous-crested Coquette in the Canopy Tower's garden, again!

Our top guide, Faustino "Tino" Sanchez, sent this report:

canopy lodge garden.23.3.11.

rufous crested coquette
rufous motmot
rufous capped warbler
bay headed tanager
bay breasted warbler
snowy bellied humm.

las minas..24,3.11.
orange bellie

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March 26 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

A memorable night tour

The participants in yesterday's night tour lead by Carlos Bethancourt had great views of an Olingo, a hard-to-see arboreal mammal, as well as the two species of sloths and a Great Potoo.

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March 15 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Extraordinary sighting of Uniform Crake

Yesterday, several birders of the MAS group presently in the Canopy Lodge saw a Uniform Crake below the feeders right in the gardens of the lodge. It was eating the banana peels that fall below the feeders. This is a rare bird! Quite a treat for our visit

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March 11 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Black-crowned Antpitta seen by a group of Massachusetts Audubon Society

This morning Danilo Rodriguez and Tino Sanchez showed a Black-crowned Antpitta to a group of 14 birders from the Massachusetts Audubon Society lead by Bill Gette. It was a "lifer" for everybody except for Danilo and Tino.

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March 10 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Some extraordinary sightings today in the Canopy Lodge, including the RVGC again!

Erick Hovarth's group saw the Sunbittern today in the pond near the Canopy Lodge, Moyo Rodriguez was the local guide. Another guest, David Alexander, saw the RVGround Cuckoo and the Black-headed Anttrush in La Mesa, accompanied by Tino Sanchez.

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March 09 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Our old friend RVGC (Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo) showed up again near the Canopy Lodge.

Eric Horvath and Larry Thompson saw the Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo yesterday in the trails around the Canopy Lodge, thanks to our guide Moyo Rodriguez who first spotted it.

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March 08 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Memorable sightings of a Field Guides group lead by Chris Benesh and Domi Alveo

Our good friend Chris Benesh of Field Guides lead a group of 8 birders during a week in the Canopy Tower, Domi Alveo was the local leader. Here are some of the best sightings of that week:

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March 07 2011 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Our old friend RVGC (Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo) showed up again near the Canopy Lodge

I took my bird friends to La Mesa Road birding!!! The day was beautiful and sunny--but a bit slow at first. We did manage to get some lifers for our friends, like Rufous-and-white Wren, Black-faced Grosbeak, Silver-throated Tanager,

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February 28 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Brown Scythebill in Altos de Maria

We took a private tour up to Altos del Maria especially to look for a Scythebill, and we found it after a nice hike up to Cerro La Gaita!

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February 01 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Rosy Thrush Tanager in the Canopy Lodge

After a wonderful breakfast at the Canopy Lodge, we scanned the feeders where we enjoyed wonderful views of Dusky-faced Tanager, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Thick-billed Euphonia, Rufous Motmot, Mourning Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Long-

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February 26 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Agami Heron and Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo in Field Guides amazing week in the Canopy Tower, John Coons and Alexis Rodriguez

John Coons, one of Field Guides top leaders, recently completed a full week in the Canopy Tower assisted by Alexis Rodriguez, of the Canopy Tower Family team of professional bird guides.
They had an amazing week, the most memorable sightings were:

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February 26 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Agami Heron and Rufous Nightjar

As we started our way down Semaphore Hill, we stopped to look at a Great Tinamou along the road. A second stop was made before getting to our official birding tour location for the afternoon, and it was to look for the Great Potoo on his normal roost!

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February 24 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

A morning birding in Pipeline Road

Early morning, we headed to world-famous Pipeline Road to look for an army ant swarm, the best place to find a wide variety of birds--all gobbling up insects trying to escape the marauding ants! As we were approaching the entrance, I hear a Panama Flycat

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February 23 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Green Shrike-Vireo, Observation Deck, Canopy Tower

As we finished our morning on the Canopy Tower Observation Deck, a Green Shrike-Vireo put on a great show for us!! Satisfied, we then took our birder friends to Summit Gardens where we got fabulous views of Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Masked Tityra, Black

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February 22 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Gray Elaenia Pipeline Road

Today after a wonderful breakfast at Canopy Tower, I took 2 couples from Washington state birding. As we got out of the car a Blue-crowned Manakin was waiting for us, as was a nice pair of Streak-chested Antpittas along with Black-faced Antthrush, Chestn

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February 17 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Barred Puffbird Jordanal (Canopy Lodge)

On our last full day at Canopy Lodge, with Ken WIlson and his group of Talon Tours, we headed out for a day trip to Rio Indio and Jordanal to look for a Barred Puffbird. We all got very close--in fact, close enough to hear his soft, plaintive call, all t

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February 15 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

White-tipped Sicklebill in Altos de Maria

As we finished our checklist the night the before the trip to Altos del Maria, my friend Ken Wilson, of Talon Tours, requested a White-tipped Sicklebill as a bird he would really love to see. But as I always say No promises, amigo, but we will definitel

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February 13 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

A Greater Grison in the Canopy Lodge

Yesterday, Ken Wilson and his group from Talon Tours, spotted a Greater Grison, this rare carnivore was pursuing a forest rabitt and was seen well in the trail for several minutes.

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February 14 2011 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Four species of Trogons one morning in Pipeline Rd

Here are some of the most interesting sightings this morning in Pipeline Rd. with a group of independent birders: great jacamar, black tailed trogon , white tailed trogon, violaceous trogon , slaty tailed trogon,

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February 12 2011 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Achiote Rd with Ken WIlson of Talon Tours

Today we took our group to the Caribbean slope to see a different habitat plus some wonderful birds As we passed Gatun locks at the beginning of Achiote Road, we stopped to see a nice Savanna Hawk (spotted by our driver, Lorenzo). There, we also saw Cres

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February 08 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Pipeline Rd with Ken WIlson of Talon Tours

Once again, Pipeline Road was nothing short of amazing from start to finish! A full day of birding at Pipeline can be unbelievable and today did not disappoint! At our first stop we got to see Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, and the activity was so intense,

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February 07 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Rosy Thrush Tanager in Metro Park

After an early breakfast at the Canopy Tower, I took my enthusiastic VENT group to Metro Park, a great place to see species typical of Dry Tropical Forest. And what a morning we had! Birds were calling & flitting all around us...It was incredible!

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February 04 2011 Carlos Bethancourt

Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo for Kevin Zimmer and his VENT group

Kevin Zimmer is back in the Canopy Lodge leading a VENT group and he repeated last year's sighting of a Ground Cuckoo. This time he saw it in Jordanal, a new birding area we have discovered in the lowlands of the Caribbean slope.

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February 07 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Great Curassow (Crax rubra) in Cerro Azul

Our guide, Alexis Sanchez reports seeing a female Great Curassow in Cerro Azul, this bird is under intense pressure by poachers and it is difficult to see. Other memorable sightings during this trip were: Tawny-faced Quail, Rufous-winged,Speckled and Emer

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January 26 2011 Alexis "Alex" Rodriguez

Harpy Eagle spotted again by Domi in Pipeline Rd!

Our young and upcoming bird guide, Domi Alveo, just sent me a bbm saying he and a group of birders staying in the Canopy Tower are having wonderful views of a magnificent Harpy Eagle. This is probably the same individual spotted also by Domi a couple of w

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January 22 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Our friend, Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis, came back to the feeders of the Canopy Lodge!

The Blue-throated Toucanet came again to the feeders. There is a group of Canadians staying in the lodge, lead by Blake Maybank, well-known for his website Birding the Americas, and they all saw it and photographed it.

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January 20 2011 Raul Arias de Para

A Blue-throated Toucanet in the feeders of the Canopy Lodge!

This is unbelievable! This beautiful toucanet, formerly called Emerald Toucanet, came to the feeders of the Canopy Lodge. I hope he likes the bananas and keeps coming! This is the first time this hard to find bird comes to feeders. We normally take birder

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January 17 2011 Raul Arias de Para

A Rufous-crested Coquette in the Canopy Tower's garden!

Today, a Rufous-crested Coquette was seen in the gardens of the Canopy Tower. This is the first time that this tiny hummer is seen here. Part of a VENT group saw it.

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January 11 2011 Raul Arias de Para

Six species of mammals in a VENT night tour!

Tony Nunnery of VENT with our Top Guide, Domi Alveo, lead a night tour on January 1 and saw some rare mammals, here is the list:

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January 01 2011 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

The Rufous-crested Coquette is back in business!

This tiny and beautiful hummingbird returned to the "verbenas" of the Canopy Lodge this afternoon. We had not seen it this season but today it made a splendid appearance that lasted several minutes.

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December 31 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Harpy Eagle in Pipeline Rd!

We had great views of a magnificent Harpy Eagle in Pipeline Rd this morning. This is one of the birds bred in captivity by the Peregrine Fund and released in Soberania National Park several years ago. Our group consisted of 6 birders, 4 UK and 2 USA.

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December 26 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

A morning in Pipeline Rd

Our friends Brian and Margaret Sykes of the UK on their last day wanted to see a Speckled Mourner, and I recommended Pipeline Roadand we got it!!! Yes!!!

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December 21 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

A morning in Metro Park

Metropolitan Park birding was wonderful today, as we had amazing views of Rosy Tthrush-Tanager, Lance-tailed Manakin,

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December 18 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

Achiote Rd with Brian Sykes, Chairman of the Oriental Bird Club, UK

Today we headed to Achiote road with Brian and Margaret from the Oriental Bird Club in the UK to look for White-headed Wren and...BAM! We got to see it very well!

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December 22 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

Gavin Bieber of WINGS on his recently completed Panama Tour

The Panama tour wrapped up a few days ago, and what a tour it was! Gaudy Tanagers, a host of glittering hummingbirds and dapper antbirds, colorful trogons and motmots, a wealth of skulking wrens and an impressive list of raptors filled our days at very tu

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December 09 2010 Gavin Bieber

Some of the birds seen by Gary Rosenberg and his Avian Journeys group

These are some of the "best" birds seen by Gary and Danilo Rodriguez, Senior Guide at the Canopy Lodge.

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December 16 2010 Danilo Rodriguez

Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo a "lifer" for Gary Rosenberg of Avian Journeys

It is not easy for Gary Rosenberg to see a "lifer", after all he has been birding for 28 years, most of them as a professional bird guide.

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December 15 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Brian Sykes, Chairman of the Oriental Bird Club (OBC) spent some time in the Canopy Lodge, he was sent by Jo Thomas of Wild About Travel

Brian Sykes and his wife Margaret are visiting Panama and staying in the Canopy Lodge and the Canopy Tower, here are some of the highlights of their visit to el Valle.

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December 14 2010 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Gary Rosenberg of Avian Journeys in Pipeline Rd.

Avian Journey's group lead by Gary Roseberg and Carlos Bethancourt went to Pipeline road where they enjoyed beautiful views of a small army ant swarm with a good selection of birds like; Bicolored Antbird, Spotted Antbird, Chestnut Backed Antbird, Song Wr

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December 09 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

Some Ammo Ponds sightings.

white throated crake
yellow tailed oriole
rufescent tiger heron
golden collared manakin
greater ani

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December 05 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

A dozen Collared Aracaris in the feeders and about forty Blue-gray Tanagers!

I counted twelve Collared Aracaris eating bananas in the Canopy Lodge feeders. The fruit feeders of the Canopy Lodge are becoming part of birding legends. The most recent visitor is the fierce looking Collared Aracari.

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December 03 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Memorable sightings of a Wings group

Gavin Beaver, one of WINGS most popular tour leaders, had a great time in the Canopy Lodge. His group saw some rare foothill specialties, Blue Seedeater, White-thighed Swallow, Snowcap, Black-crowned Antpitta and others. See the full report.

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December 01 2010 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Two Tody-Motmots and a Ground Cuckoo for a Caligo group in the Canopy Lodge

Harmodio Rodriguez, aka "Moyo", was the guide for a birding group from CALIGO, he got them two Tody Motmots and a Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo. The most memorable sightings are below:

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November 27 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Collared Peccaries in Pipeline Rd.

I was going out of Pipeline this afternoon when a band of about 8-10 Collared Peccaries crossed the road.

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November 22 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Albeo

Five Rufous-Vented Ground Cuckoos seen!

Danilo Rodriguez saw three RVGC in the Canopy Lodge yesterday and Carlos Bethancourt saw two today in the Discovery Center, Pipeline Rd.

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November 22 2010 Raul Arias de Para

A new bird for our Canopy Lodge List! A rare Crimson-bellied Woodpecker!

We had good views of this rare woodpecker in Altos de Maria while leading a Naturetrek group.

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November 17 2010 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Another Ground Cuckoo, this time in Pipeline Rd.

I was leading a small group in Pipeline Rd and we nailed this bird together with a couple of ocellated antbirds.

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November 16 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Would you believe a Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo seen from the dining room of the Canopy Lodge?

An incredible thing just happened in the Canopy Lodge. A Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo was seen right in front of the dining room, across the stream. All 8 participants of a Naturetrek group saw it well. So did I and our guides Tino and ELiecer. Even Marque

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November 12 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Some of the birds seen by Barry Zimmer and his VENT group

This morning Barry and his group departed the Canopy Lodge. We had a great trip. Here is a partial list of the "best" birds seen during the last 5 days.

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November 12 2010 Danilo Rodriguez

Aplomado Falcon and Savanah Hawk in EL Chiru by Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

We went to the "scrub" habitat of El Chiru today looking for lowland specialties and we got a bunch of them. Aplomado Falcon, Savanah Hawk, Peregrine Falcon and many others. Here is a partial list of the day's sightings:

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October 30 2010 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

Ruddy Woodcreeper at Plantation Trail, by Carlos B. Nov 3, 2011

After a amazing morning at the Canopy Tower's Observation deck where we all got wonderful views of Green Shrike-Vireo, Masked Tityra, Crane Hawk, Red-lored and Mealy Parrot, Black-breasted Puffbird, Scale Pigeons, Scarlet Tanagers, Green Honeycreeper, Gol

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November 03 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

Black-crowned Antpitta by Moyo Rodriguez and Barry Zimmer (VENT), Oct 26, 2010

Our top Guide Moyo Rodriguez and Barry Zimmer went to Altos del Maria where this amazing Antpitta put on a great show,

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October 28 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

A "lifer" for Barry Zimmer

Barry Zimmer, one of VENT's senior leaders, got a lifer today in El Valle.

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October 26 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Ocellated Antbirds at the Gate

What a great surprise this morning as I opened the Canopy Tower Gate!

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October 26 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

Tiny Hawk in Pipeline Rd.

Our Top Guide Alex hit it again by finding this small hawk at the world famous Pipeline road.

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October 25 2010 Alexis "Alex" Sanchez

Hawk Migration

The Canopy Tower observation deck is a very important spot for Hawk migration and today was really amazing!..

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October 24 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Spot-crowned Barbet by Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Today our Top Guide Domiciano Alveo joined the Vent group lead by our good amigo Barry Zimmer!..

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October 20 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

Scaly-throated Leaftoser by Carlos Bethancourt

Birding along semaphore hill was amazing once again!..

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October 20 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

A King Vulture on the ground

Last Monday I saw a King Vulture on the ground, this is the first time in all my years of birding that I see one of these magnificent birds on the ground and not soaring high over the sky.

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October 20 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

A feast for manakins, honeycreepers and tanagers at the Canopy Tower

Right now there several melastoma trees around the Canopy Tower full of berries.

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October 14 2010 Alexis Sanchez

Canopy Lodge sightings - northern warblers have arrived

Last Sunday, October 10th, I went birding with guest Kelly Arneud and here is a partial list of what we saw:

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October 12 2010 Faustino "Tino" Sanchez

First big day of the Fall Migration of raptors

Tens of thousands of raptors are flying over Panama City at this moment!

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October 09 2010 Raul Arias de Para

More Blue Cotingas

A male Blue Cotinga, has been seen from the Canopy Tower twice this week.

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October 11 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Alveo

The Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo is back in the Canopy Lodge

Attention Birders of the World!, our old friend Neomorphus geoffroyi just checked-in in the Canopy Lodge!

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October 12 2010 Raul Arias de Para

Blue Cotinga Sighting from Canopy Tower

Early this morning something was different in the air...migrants!

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October 05 2010 Domiciano "Domi" Albeo

Ruddy-Woodcreeper at Semaphore Hill Rd. on Tuesday September 28th.

I had a very pleasant surprise today on the way up to the Canopy Tower! None other than the famous ornithologist Dr. Robert (Bob) Ridgely,

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October 03 2010 Carlos Bethancourt

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