SANT CLARA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (23rd February, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This is a shade coffee plantation just an hour by regular buses from Volcan. There are several places to stay and eat in Volcan. We stayed at Oasis Place ($15 for a double). The first bus towards Rio Sereno (at the Panamanian border) leaves at 6.30am. The Hartman Family are very friendly towards birdwatchers. They charge a $10 fee for birding the finca and provide some drinks. They also have a small museum and shop selling coffee. There is a trail that leads through the coffee plantations and also through a small area of woodland. I didn't see my target species, the Turquoise Cotinga although it is readily seen here and was apparently seen the previous day by a group of American birders. grrr... I saw 60 species including 3 lifers.

Species seen

  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk ? Accipiter striatus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Barred Forest-Falcon h? Micrastur ruficollis
  • Spotted Wood-Quail Odontophorus guttatus
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Crimson-fronted Parakeet ? Aratinga finschi
  • Vaux's Swift ? Chaetura vauxi
  • Green Hermit Phaethornis guy
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
  • Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • White-ruffed Manakin Corapipo altera
  • Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
  • Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  • Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Rufous-breasted Wren h Thryothorus rutilus
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis
  • Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  • Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
  • Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
  • Speckled Tanager Tangara guttata
  • Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
  • Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata
  • Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta
  • Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Buff-throated Saltator ? Saltator maximus
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse