The bird of this week has to be the beautiful Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor) that flew out of the thicket behind the doctor’s house. It perched for a while without giving a good frontal view and then moved off to near the bamboo blocking off Mari’s property. Thank you to reader Allen Todd for the photo link!
I searched the area without finding it again but was able to find two Thick-billed Seed-finches (Oryzoborus funereus), one a female with its warm-brown colour differentiating it from the female Variable Seedeater. Here’s a nice pic of a female courtesy of Karel Straatman, though I still don’t see the straight culmen mentioned in the field guides. Looks curved to me.
Don Martin’s lot down over Quebrada La Loca is finally regrowing a little after he cleared the ground cover, but the White-breasted Wood-wrens have not reappeared. The Golden-crowned Warblers (Basileuterus culicivorus) remain faithful to the wooded patch, however, and I did find on the river one Sunbittern (Eurypyga helios) that gave me glorious views of outspread wings. The tiger-herons were not there this time, though they should be nesting somewhere nearby. The following photo of one of our local Sunbitterns was taken on Quebrada La Loca by friend Chalo Porras.
Here is a link to an excellent photo of the bicolored hawk.
Hi Allen, my very best thanks for your help! This is a great photo and I’ll insert it just as soon as I work out how to credit it properly. My daughter is helping me since I believe I may not have always credited correctly in the past.