5 July 2012 – El Sendero los Quetzales (Boquete side)
Expectations were high for the Los Quetzales trail, and it did not disappoint. We parked at the ANAM ranger station and hiked the 4WD road in and the first few kilometers of the trail. Quite close to the ranger station we had our first of many mixed species flocks and found the beautiful Spangle-cheeked Tanager and Black-and-white Becard. Not too far down the road we started hearing, and fruitlessly looking for, Three-wattled Bell-birds. More flocks followed, still along the road, adding Spotted Barbtail, Ruddy Treerunner, White-throated Spadebill, and Barred Becard. At the first large creek crossing (still on the road) we had great luck, finding our only Torrent Tyrannulet and Green-fronted Lancebill. Along the trail proper, we found Scintillant Hummingbird, Yellowish Flycatcher, Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Slaty Spinetail, Prong-billed Barbet, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, Black-and-Yellow Silky-Flycatcher and Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush. As we were hiking back out we again heard the Three-wattled Bell-bird and gave chase into the forest. We again got frustratingly close and thrashed around in thick undergrowth staring up at thick canopy for a good long time but failed to see the bird! However, the tranquil setting, the amazingly gorgeous forest and the terrific birds combined to make this a truly memorable day.
For a complete list of species seen, see our eBird report for Sendero de los Quetzales