4 July 2012 – Finca Lerida
Finca Lerida, sitting above Boquete and close to good habitat and the Los Quetzales trail, is beautiful if oddly formal with its manicured gardens and colonially grandiosity. We nearly felt out of place in our increasingly bedraggled ward-robe, but it was a great place to base ourselves and held a really good number of birds.
The highlands brought a whole new lineup of birds obviously, and we were excited to see Slaty Flowerpiercer, White-naped Brush-Finch, Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush, Violet Sabrewing, Green Violet-ear, Mountain Elaenia and more walking the grounds before breakfast! After breakfast we walked the trails in the forest above Finca Lerida and turned up some great birds, including Dark Pewee, Collared Trogon, Black-faced Solitaire and a terrific Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner! We also invested a solid two hours trying to get a look at a frustratingly close, shockingly loud, but completely invisible Three-wattled Bell-bird. This would remain a theme throughout Chiriquí!