Costa Rica

I’m in recovery. 2 weeks in Costa Rica was sensory overload… especially when it comes to bird life. I spent time all over the country… while the primary goal of the trip wasn’t to see a lot of birds, I still saw a lot of birds. With each post, I suppose I am in danger of transforming from an accidental birder to an intentional one.

I saw 77 new species of birds on the trip, and got photos of all but 4 of them (I also picked-up some good photos of 9 species I’d already seen). Many of the photos are only good enough for ID purposes, but there are a few really good ones mixed in there. I’ll be adding posts to this blog when I get the time… so expect to see new birds popping-up here on a regular basis. I haven’t yet decided just how crummy a photo has to be before I won’t even post it. I guess we’ll see where that line is drawn…

Anyway, here is the list:

Social Flycatcher
Clay-colored Robin
Green-crowned Brilliant
Slate-throated Redstart
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren
Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Common Bush-Tanager
Black Guan
Collared Redstart
Striped-tailed Hummingbird
Coppery-headed Emerald
Blue-tailed Hummingbird
Green Hermit
Violet Sabrewing
Green Violet-ear
Blue-crowned Motmot
Olivaceous Woodcreeper
Brown Jay
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Ochraceous Wren
Barred Becard
Ruddy Treerunner
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Black-throated Trogon
Crested Caracara
Yellow-headed Caracara
Scarlet Macaw
Black-striped Sparrow
White Hawk
Mangrove Black-Hawk
Great Kiskadee
Roadside Hawk
Gray-headed Chachalaca
Cherrie’s Tanager
Red-lored Parrot
Tropical Kingbird
Golden-hooded Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Golden-naped Woodpecker
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Blue Dancis
Variable Seedeater
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Black-hooded Antshrike
Mangrove Cuckoo
Riverside Wren
Great-tailed Grackle
Tri-colored Heron
Snowy Egret
King Vulture
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
Boat-billed Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Royal Tern
Western Slaty-Antshrike
Semipalmated Plover
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Prothonotary Warbler
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Passerini’s Tanager
Groove-billed Ani
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Feiry-throated Hummingbird
Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager
Resplendent Quetzal
Black-cheeked Warbler
Golden-browed Chlorophonia
Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush
Volcano Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Antbird
Palm Tanager

Then there are the 4 birds I had a good positive ID, but no photo. This blog is mostly about the bird photos, so there won’t be entries for these birds yet (until some day when I go get a photo of them). So, I wrote a few words about these sightings below.

Black and White Warbler Saw one in the Monteverde area right near my car as I was getting into it. It was there one moment in a tree 10 ft from me, gone the next, but absolutely unmistakable
Swallow-tailed Kite One of these was getting harassed by a couple smaller birds over an open meadow in the Osa Peninsula. Not sure what the smaller birds were.
Lesser Nighthawk The driver of our car spotted one of these in the middle of the day, just sitting on the lower branch of a treeā€¦ the camoflauge was incredible – you could barely see the bird, even right next to it. I have no idea how Dennis (the driver) saw this bird, but it was pretty cool. I’m just sorry I didn’t insist on getting my camera out until later in the trip.
Gray-necked Wood-Rail These are really loud birds, making an incredible ruckus in the pre-dawn hours near Cahuita. They stayed well-hidden for the most part, but one of them ran across the road just for a second in the dim light.

Well, that’s it for now… Check back soon for some new birds…