Birds are coming to Panama

Birds are coming to Panama

Gabriela Pedrotti 2020-10-14 10:45:37

Panama’s avifauna is rich in diversity and recently the country has been chosen as the Central American champion during the Global Big Day when 915 species were identified, a result that even surpassed countries such as Mexico, which has more bird species, as well as land extension. In Panama, it is not necessary to go far or wake up early to see birds since everyone will have the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful migration spectacle right in the heart of the city.

Last September, the World Shorebird Count was organized by the Audubon Society in the framework of the Month of the Oceans. This initiative was held to promote the knowledge and protection of shorebirds. Venicio Wilson, specialized bird-watching guide, indicated that, in Panama, the counting of shorebirds usually takes place on the Pacific coasts, however, a greater effort has been made this year with the support of volunteers to do it on the Caribbean side, both in Colon and Bocas del Toro.

Following the migratory birds’ season, from October 1 begins the Raptor Bird Count, from ocean to ocean, which will run until November 16. This would be the fifteenth count since bird watchers began to do it on the top of Ancon Hill. Wilson pointed out that the first groups of raptors have already arrived, such as the western Wesprey, however, the vast majority arrives the first week of October and for the next 47 days. "The best time is between the last two weeks of October when a broad-winged hawk, Swainson's hawk, and the turkey vulture are coming in abundance," he said.

The best place to observe raptors in Panama City is in Ancon Hill, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Although, tourists will also have the opportunity to observe birds in areas near the city without the need of going anywhere else, in places such as the Metropolitan Natural Park and the Pipeline Road located in the Soberania National Park. Last year, the best day on which almost one million birds were counted was October 31. To participate in both counts, interested people can write to or contact them through Audubon’s Facebook.

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