Archive for February, 2012

Brown Violet Ear; 2nd rare hummer in February

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Yesterday another new hummer considered rare in Panama, the Brown Violet Ear, arrived at our feeders. The recently published Field Guide by Angher and Dean state that this is a rare hummer in Panama with a range in the lower foothills up to 1300m. We are at 1900m so this is 600m higher than what is considered its normal range.

Check out the following photo. Both rare hummers, the Brown Violet Ear and Magenta Throated Woodstar, feeding together on the same feeder

Butterflies of Central America

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This is volume 1 of an excellent photographic field guide of Butterflies of Central America. The author, Kim Garwood, visited Mount Totumas Cloud Forest recently as part of a group of entomologists that were on site. There was a lot of enthusiasm over the specimens collected and photographed.

Kim’s book is a collaborative effort of many photographers. We purchased a copy to add to our growing natural history library here at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest.

Rare Hummingbird at MTCF

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

a female Magenta Throated Woodstar has visited our feeders for the past several weeks. This bird is considered rare in Western Panama and we are thrilled to have her around. Note the diagnostic whitish spot on the side of her rump.