Boquete Garden Inn’s Breakfast with the Birds: Clay-Coloured Thrush

June 16 2015

The Clay-Coloured Thrush is the bully of the Boquete Garden Inn bird feeder. Drunk on power and yesterday’s fermented fruit, he lurches from statue to statue, hopping and stomping on everybody’s breakfast, sending chunks of banana, pineapple and papaya flying to the ground. When one of the smaller birds attempts to share the feeder with the thrush, he chases them off with an urgent chirp, flap of wings and indignant flash of eyes.

Fittingly, his Latin name is Turdus grayi, or, as I call him, Little Turd.

Clay-Coloured Thrush at Boquete Garden Inn's Breakfast with the Birds

Clay-Coloured Thrush at Boquete Garden Inn’s Breakfast with the Birds

He is the national bird of Costa Rica, which always baffles guests: why choose such a plain bird to be your country’s avian representative, especially when you have so many glitzy specimens to choose from?

A few reasons: The Yigüirro, as he’s called in Costa Rica, tends to live close by, in gardens and near people, so he’s a familiar, friendly little face featured in many Costa Rican folk tales and songs. The males also have a pretty tune they sing when trying to woo ladybirds during mating season. Traditionally, Costa Rican farmers listened for this song of longing – considering it to be the first sign of rainy season.

Boquete Garden Inn: The perfect place to stay for birding in Boquete Panama! Join the Clay-Coloured Thrush for Boquete Garden Inn’s Breakfast with the Birds (gaining in popularity among humans and birds alike!) And don’t worry: he’s actually quite friendly with people.

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Boquete Birds rate Boquete Garden Inn ‘Best Breakfast’

May 20 2015

Boquete Garden Inn’s breakfast is not only delicious – it attracts the most beautiful birds in Boquete. Even now, after seven years, the daily ritual of placing the fruit on the statues and watching the birds snap to attention is happy-making: The bird calls change. Feathers are extra fluttery. The squirrels start twitching. And then the dance begins.

Here is the beautiful Mr. and Mrs. Red-Legged Honeycreeper–regular visitors to Boquete Garden Inn’s breakfast. Top rated with birders who visit Boquete. Top rated with Boquete birds!

Male Red-Legged Honeycreeper at Boquete Garden Inn

Male Red-Legged Honeycreeper at Boquete Garden Inn

Female Red-Legged Honeycreeper at Boquete Garden Inn

Female Red-Legged Honeycreeper – Boquete Garden Inn


Photos by Mark Wangerin.

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Boquete Garden Inn’s New Breakfast

March 11 2015

 
Our guests have spoken and we listened: We have updated our complimentary breakfast!

Complimentary breakfast at Boquete Garden Inn

Boquete Garden Inn now serves a three course hot breakfast – as always, breakfast is included with your stay!

First, guests help themselves to freshly brewed, locally grown, award winning Cafe Ruiz coffee, tea and blended fruit juice (usually a combination of local pineapple, papaya and orange juice). When seated, either Leyda, Denia or Mirian will offer you a menu, with four different items to choose from. The menu changes daily. We then serve a delicious fruit plate with three different types of fruit, accompanied by a side of yogurt. By the time you are finished, your main course is ready!

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But of course, the main feature is still ‘Breakfast with the Birds’. Tanagers, Honeycreepers, Saltators and more visit daily: singing, dancing, fluttering and fussing their way into your heart…and then they’ll even clean up your crumbs (when they aren’t too busy battling The Squirrel Family). Over the years, we have spotted over 90 species of birds at Boquete Garden Inn.

Blue Grey Tanagers enjoying Breakfast with the Birds.

Blue Grey Tanagers enjoying Breakfast with the Birds.

Summer Tanager sampling some fruit - Breakfast with the Birds at Boquete Garden Inn

Summer Tanager sampling some fruit – Breakfast with the Birds at Boquete Garden Inn

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Climbing Volcan Baru, Boquete Panama!

March 11 2015

Last year, I wrote a post about our office manager Danny and how he scaled the mighty Volcan Baru! And I vowed that I, too, would climb Volcan Baru. I set a deadline of March 31, 2014. Well, I did it! And I forgot to brag about it on here (!)

Climbing Volcan Baru, Boquete Panama

Climbing Volcan Baru, Boquete Panama

Volcan Baru, Boquete Panama

Volcan Baru, Boquete Panama

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The best way to experience Bocas del Toro? Bluff Beach!

March 04 2015

Jason just got back from a beach break in Bocas Del Toro. When you live in the mountains of Boquete, a trip to the coast is a nice change of scene. Likewise, as a tourist, it’s great to spend 3-4 days in Boquete (or more!) and then explore the Caribbean side.

A stay in Bluff Beach on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro is the perfect complement to a stay at Boquete Garden Inn.

A stay in Bluff Beach on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro is the perfect complement to a stay at Boquete Garden Inn.

A 3.5-hour drive to the port town of Almirante (and then a 30-minute water taxi ride to Isla Colon), we recommend Panama Travel Services‘s shuttle at only $30 per person, with pick up at Boquete Garden Inn at 9 a.m. They provide reliable and fully insured transport, and price includes water taxi. (tel: (507) 6900-5553). To return to Panama City, Air Panama offers daily flights from Bocas to Albrook.

If you love the nightlife (if you’ve got to boogie) then Bocas town is the spot for you. Lively, with lots of restaurants and places to stay, there is a hotel or hostel (Tungara Hostel) for every budget.

But, if you prefer to be surrounded by beauty in a natural setting (like we do at Boquete Garden Inn), then Bluff Beach is your place. Bluff Beach is on the main island (Isla Colon), about a 20-minute drive from the town centre.

We like to stay with our friends Sandra & Dave at the newly established Turtle Beach House and Ron & Christine at Bluff Beach Retreat.

Each property caters to slightly different travel budgets, but are equally wonderful and are a great complement to a stay at Boquete Garden Inn.

We always like to pay a visit to our friends Steve & Rhonda at Flying Pirates quad tours and ride their fantastic trails for the day – truly an adventure. Biking the road that runs along the coast towards Bluff Beach is also a great option – you don’t cover as much ground of course, but the slower pace allows you to see things not possible on a four wheel vehicle (last year I saw a family of Squirrel monkeys hanging out some trees close to the gravel road. I lost almost an hour there – happily!)

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Birds of Panama: the Summer Tanager in Boquete

March 01 2015

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This beautiful fella is a Summer Tanager. But wait! He, along with some other birds of his genus, are no longer part of the Tanager family: they’ve been re-classified, and are now part of the Cardinal family. (But he still goes by Tanager. He’s not partial to hyphenated last names). Confused? Don’t worry. All you have to know is that he is gorgeous and he is currently enjoying his ‘Breakfast with the Birds” gig at Boquete Garden Inn (the best place to spot the birds of Panama!)

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Sneak preview of Boquete before you get here

January 06 2015

While the new mayor of Boquete, Sr Millo Vasquez, has initiated a number of important projects in Boquete, the one with the potential for the most fun and wacky hijinks is the live web cam. Located in our town’s central park, the two cameras broadcast 24/7. On top of exciting local events, you can watch old fellers nod off, teenagers preening and prancing and cell phone bunnies pimping the latest data plan.

I am looking forward to prearranging times to wave and act silly for family members and friends back home. And of course, tourists planning to visit our sweet town can get a preview before they arrive!

Note the fancy mobile camera unit.

Note the fancy mobile camera unit.

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New Panama flights: United Launches Direct Panama-Denver service

December 06 2014

More exciting news about Panama flights! (It seems this blog has morphed into a ‘new Panama flights’ blog).

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United Airlines has announced new direct flights between Denver, Colorado and Panama City, Tocumen International Airport. Starting August 2015, flights will operate daily (five times a week between September and October 2015).

And with the news of direct flights to David Panama (the addition of Copa Airlines flights between Tocumen International Airport and David Airport), it’s even easier for Coloradans (?) to come visit us in Boquete. (A large percentage of our US guests come from Colorado!)

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Flights between Tocumen and David start January 15, 2015!

December 01 2014

It’s official. Copa Airlines flights between Tocumen International Airport and David launch January 15, 2015.

Julio from Habla Ya Panama language schools, who always hears the news first, circulated this article from La Prensa earlier today.

And rates are confirmed at $166 return, all taxes and surcharges in (versus Air Panama’s rate of $275).

Great news!

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New flights within Panama?

November 19 2014

It looks like Copa Airlines is trying to get into the regional airline business in Panama. Here’s hoping! A second airline will introduce much needed competition, more flights and, hopefully, better rates.

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Look for updates here!

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