15 June 2012 – Metetí and Canopy Camp Darién
Returning from Patiño we had Ancon drop us at Hotel Felicidad in Metetí, where we stayed for the next couple of nights. Not deluxe but it was clean and we slept well and it set us back all of $14 / night. Killing a few minutes behind the hotel we found Olivaceous Piculet and Streak-headed Woodcreeper again. We soon met up with Nando, who carted us around the Darién for the next 2 ½ days. Our first stop was the future site of Canopy Camp Darién. It sits on prior ranch land at the foot of primary forest in the Filo del Tallo reserve. It’s quite a scenic spot and from what we were told will host a tent camp and a sustainable farm to grow the produce for the camp as well. It looks like it should be quite a gorgeous spot when completed, and it is well situated for birds! We arrived in the dead middle of a HOT day and still saw some amazing birds.
On one little trail into the forest and just around the grounds we found Golden-headed Manakin, White Hawk, Long-tailed Tyrant, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, White-headed Wren, Long-billed Starthroat, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Pied Puffbird, Little Tinamou, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Gray-cheeked Nunlet and Red-throated Caracara! The Jacamar, Nunlet and Caracara were definitely highlight birds for us and we had amazing looks at the first two. After this Nando took us to an area he knew and we found Spot-breasted Woodpecker, an absolutely gorgeous bird and one we had really hoped to find.