Montgomery Bird Club
Last April, Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper joined friends from England for two weeks in Panama. This was Gail and Barry’s third trip to that country, but reports of breeding Crested and Harpy Eagles provided a great reason for another visit! The group spent about five days at the famous Canopy Tower near the Panama Canal and six days at the Canopy Camp in the far-eastern province of Darién. In two weeks, they tallied about 300 species of birds, as well as a number of interesting mammals, including cute Sloths and noisy Howler Monkeys. Bird highlights were many, topped perhaps by smashing views of a Harpy Eagle at its nest, feeding a large chick, a totally unexpected encounter with a huge Crested Eagle perched along a remote road, close views of a confiding Black-crowned Antpitta, the enigmatic apayoa, Ocellated and Bare-crowned Antbirds and thousands of Mississippi Kites winging their way north over the forest.