Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sapphire-throated Hummingbird and Veraguan Mango at La Gamba

This is news that Kevin Easley asked me to pass on:

Dec.23 - Kevin saw both a male Sapphire-throated Hummingbird, and several females and one male Veraguan Mango visiting Poro flowers of a living fence along the road into Esquinas Lodge. This is along the road past Gamboa taking the first right towards Esquinas instead of continuing along the road to Golfito. Go over the old log bridge (recently fixed - it had been pretty bad) and continue on to the pasture or rice field on the right and look for the Poros in flower along the fence row.

Kevin was more than a little excited with his find and left his clients to look after the birds while he rushed to find a phone to get the word out so that those who may be heading that way in the near future will be on the lookout. He said he was going back to get photos. (Kevin said he got some OK photos of the ST Hummer but not the V Mango. Steven Easley and Magda Sánchez visited the site a few days later, and Steven took some nice photos of both species, two of which are posted here. The mango photo isn't the best, aesthetically speaking, but it clearly shows that there is no black on the center of the blue throat or breast, key to the identification. To see more of Steven's great bird images visit the photo gallery at www.costaricagateway.com).

He also mentioned another good bird seen during this same trip on Dec.21 in the savannas above Buenos Aires along the road up to Dúrika - a Grasshopper Sparrow.

thanks Kevin (and Steven)!

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