Day 2 and 3 I spent the mornings at the 265 hectare Metropolitan Park located right in the city and a 2$ cab ride from my hostel. It's been a great place for me to slowly familiarize myself with some of the more common birds found in the area. Yesterday I happened to meet up with Jenn Sinasac, a fellow Ontario birder/blogger that is doing some guiding down here and is based out of Gamboa. Her blog is http://www.jennsinasac.blogspot.ca. Hopefully I will get to learn more from her at Gamboa and beyond! I'm having issues with my photo-editor but hopefully I will get it resolved and compress the photos more.
So far the birding has been fun, and frustrating of course, since many birds go down as unknowns. Birds in the high canopy are challenging, as are small flycatchers right in front of your face! The only birds making it onto my list are ones that I'm 100% sure of (is there any other way to do it?). No Endemics yet (12 or so in Panama), and none of the "regional endemics" yet (105-108 or so). Taxonomy changes are always an issue when dealing with species lists as well. Some lifers so far, but how many I'm not sure.
Crimson-backed Tanager. Everybody loves Tanagers.
Black Vultures are the most common bird (not counting perhaps Laughing Gulls on the ocean.
Lots of Brown Pelicans at the beach, along with Laughing Gulls, Frigatebirds, a few Brown Boobies, and other water birds.
Shots of the city and canal below