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PLANTATION TRAIL

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# Species*:169
# Excl Vagrants*:169
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:3
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Secondary lowland forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Plantation Trail is a prime birding route within Soberania National Park. This dirt road provides good access to both forest and forest-fringe birds typical of lowland forest. The walking is easy and flat, but it can be quite hot. For the most part, the forest is clear of underbrush along the road, making it a good area for seeing antbirds, leaftossers, and rarely, tinamous. Possibilities include Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Scaly-throated Leaftosser, Jet Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Black-faced Antthrush. We have sometimes found Rosy Thrush-Tanager lurking in the understory. Plantation Trail is often a good place to look for hawks soaring overhead. One should keep an eye out for King Vulture, Gray-headed Kite, White Hawk, and the more rare Zone-tailed Hawk.

LOCATION OF SITE

Plantation Trail is situated in Soberania National Park. The trail starts near Semaphore Hill and leads into the forest for 4 miles. To reach Plantation Trail drive to Gamboa, taking a left on Gaillard Highway toward the Summit Zoo. Drive about 5 minutes and turn right at a sign saying entrance to Camino de Plantacion. Then turn left at the entrance to Plantation Trail and park.