Pipeline Road by day – take 2

Male Colostethus panamensis calling near a stream beside Pipeline Road.

Male Colostethus panamensis calling near a stream beside Pipeline Road.

Last weekend I took another walk down Pipeline Road. This time it had rained the night before, so more diurnal frogs were out and active. I saw and heard both Colostethus panamensis, the common rocket frog, and Silverstoneia flotator. There was also an amplexed pair of leaflitter toads (Rhinella alata) in a muddy ditch in the middle of Pipeline Road. There were also some Craugastor fitzingeri hopping about. Interestingly enough, we have seen fitzingeri active during the day as well as the night. The Craugastor fitzingeri currently in the lab are also always awake during the day whenever we go in. Maybe they just don’t ever sleep…

Like last time, Pipeline Road was also a great place to see birds and bugs. I saw a pair of fasciated antshrikes, some lineated woodpeckers, scarlet-rumped caciques and a female red-headed manakin. Red-headed manakins are one of the species where the males will snap their wings. They are also affectionately known as the “Michael Jackson” bird for their courtship dances.

Almost forgot that I also saw some howler monkeys. They are pretty common to hear but a little less common to see. Once again, I have to recommend Pipeline Road for birders, entomologists, and herp enthusiasts alike!

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