My Trip to Costa Rica Part 2

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Before leaving Olguita’s on the second day in Costa Rica, I spotted this migrant male Baltimore Oriole ( Icterus galbula ) pictured above, but I also enjoyed a resident Black-cowled Oriole ( Icterus prosthemelas ), both lifers! The sloths are a big draw in Costa Rica.

Shorebirding in Costa Rica

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It’s an exciting time for birding in Costa Rica. Migration is happening in Costa Rica and the avian movements are fierce. The birding community in Costa Rica is also psyched by the passage of shorebirds, thousands of which move through the country.

Resolutions for Birding in Costa Rica, 2019

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I actually really hope to see this bird in 2019 in Costa Rica. Living in warm Costa Rica, I no longer need to worry about venturing into the “frio extremo” to see a Pine Grosbeak or some errant gull. Add 10 species to my Costa Rica list.

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In Costa Rica, Fall is our Spring

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It’s warm as always in Costa Rica but I know there’s a change of seasons up north. In Costa Rica, the seasons are changing as well, nothing like the drastic turn up north but changes nonetheless. Go birding in Costa Rica now until April.

Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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Although most New World Barbets live in the tropical forests of South America (“the bird continent”), us birders in Costa Rica are fortunate to have two species to watch and listen to. The post Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

10 Cool Birds from the Caribbean Lowlands of Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we have two coasts, a pair of shorelines that touch two oceans. However, in Costa Rica, we don’t usually refer to that body of water as the Atlantic, nor even as an ocean. The flat, low-lying areas of northern and eastern Costa Rica harbor some of the highest biodiversity in an already mega-diverse country. Several species of woodpeckers occur in this birdy part of Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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Many of them come to Costa Rica because even when it rains, it never really gets cold this far south of the Tropic of Cancer. Surviving on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This might be partly why Halloween hasn’t taken hold in Costa Rica.

My Trip To Costa Rica with Lifer Tours Part 1

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I recently returned from a twelve day birding tour of Costa Rica with Lifer Tours guided by an incredible birder, David Rodriquez. Of course my main objective for this entire trip was to locate and photograph the birds of Costa Rica.

Ten Highlights from Birding in Costa Rica, 2018

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In Costa Rica, we know it by way of windy nights with clear skies, slightly cooler temperatures, and an abundance of festivities featuring carnie rides, prancing horses, and parades. New Birds for Costa Rica. For example, I still need Dunlin for Costa Rica.

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Kicking Off the Bird Count Season at Cangreja, Costa Rica

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December is a busy time in Costa Rica. On account of its remote nature, this is one of the lesser known protected areas in Costa Rica but that doesn’t keep it from being an excellent area for birding. This was the first of several counts taking place in Costa Rica.

Looking for Year Birds in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

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This year, my main challenge is identifying 700 species within the borders of Costa Rica by December 31st. A male emerald from another day of birding in Costa Rica. The post Looking for Year Birds in the Central Valley of Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Suggestions for Birthday Birding in Costa Rica

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Although you would be very lucky to glimpse the spotted feline with the large head in Costa Rica, giving the birding birthday hypothesis a try is always worth a shot. Destinations Costa Rica

Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of those places. One of my favorite birding shirts from Costa Rica, this was from a Christmas Count near Sam Ramon and yes, Speckled Tanagers were seen. I hope we make that happen and hope to see you celebrate all things avian with us in Costa Rica!

Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

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In addition to Spanish, several other languages continue to be spoken, the pines and cypress trees of the Guatemalan highlands only occur as introduced species once you travel south of Nicaragua, and dozens of bird species that occur in Costa Rica and Panama don’t even make it to Nicaragua.

New Place in Costa Rica, New Yard List

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Recently, I moved to a new place in Costa Rica. Although it was nothing like going from New York to California or even Buffalo, New York to North Carolina, a change of location, however slight, can bring new birds especially in Costa Rica. I also saw the other, most common Columbid in Costa Rica, the Red-billed Pigeon. They shared the bushes with three of Costa Rica’s common flycatcher species, each nearly as vocal as the blackbirds.

An Absolute Beginner in Costa Rica

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I have just returned from Costa Rica, the country about which I knew very little, despite it coming under my radar all the way back in 1999 when the “Africa – Birds & Birding” magazine published some of John Graham’s experiences from his visit in 1993. Costa Rica, here I come!

15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is no exception. Even better, several are only found in and near Costa Rica, including these species: White-throated Mountain-gem. The high mountains in southern Costa Rica are the realm of this sprite. Destinations Costa Rica hummingbirds

Starting 2018 with Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a fantastic place to watch hummingbirds. One of the more fancy of Costa Rican hummingbirds. Destinations Costa Rica hummingbirds

Counting Birds in the Cloud Forests of Coronado, Costa Rica

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Northern Emerald Toucanets in Costa Rica are sometimes considered a separate species known as the Blue-throated Toucanet. I was reminded of that fact on June 23rd during the first official bird count at the Locos por el Bosque Reserve in Montserrat de Coronado, Costa Rica.

The Cutest Birds in Costa Rica

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Go birding in Costa Rica to get these avian examples of cuteness on the life list: Collared Redstart – cute and common in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. Destinations Costa RicaAre all birds created equal?

The Scarlet Pacific of Costa Rica

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That was my first ever beach on the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica offered me so many easy ways out of that molesting question that I sometimes ask myself: When was the last time I did something for the first time?). Part one: An Absolute Beginner in Costa Rica.

Benefits of “Winter” Birding at Carara National Park, Costa Rica

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These are the summer months of the northern hemisphere and yet this time of year in Costa Rica is known as the “invierno”, Spanish for “winter” However, no matter how adapted I become to the local culture, I just can’t use that word in Costa Rica.

Trolling for Cuckoos in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, instead of frogmouths, we have equally weird and wonderful potoos. I never stop birding no matter where I am, Costa Rica included. In Costa Rica, at least the Mangrove Cuckoo is way less ninja than the Black-billed.

The great green Caribbean lowlands – Costa Rica

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I am in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, in the very southeastern corner of Costa Rica. But why would someone look for that, an easy and common one among the 920+ bird species of Costa Rica? Part one: An Absolute Beginner in Costa Rica.

Impressive Highland Birding in Costa Rica at El Toucanet

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for its kind that even in Costa Rica, images of the Brazilian species have been used for marketing (much to the chagrin and dismay of local birders). Get onto a mixed flock and most won’ be found anywhere other than the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama.

Pat’s Year List from Costa Rica, 2019

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The latter is how I began 2019 in Costa Rica and I am grateful. Crimson-fronted Parakeets show red and yellow on their underwings as they fly above the towns and cities of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Destinations Costa Rica

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The Cotinga and Two Other Favorite Birds from Global Big Day, Costa Rica

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It was October 6, Global Big Day part dos and birders in Costa Rica were stoked. In Costa Rica, my two person “Team Tyto” did especially well with a final total of 236 species. Destinations Costa Rica Global Big Day

The Beauty of Tropical Birdiness in Arenal, Costa Rica

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That might not sound like much but trust me, in Costa Rica, this is major. Some will also feast on a fruiting fig behind the feeder including Scarlet-thighed Dacnis (looks as good as it sounds), and the other day, a rare for Costa Rica Cedar Waxwing !

Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

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| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015.

Confessions from a Christmas Bird Count in Costa Rica

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As for myself, since I live in Costa Rica, I usually put the focus on birding and/or birds in this small yet very bio-rich country. These disclosures are related to a recent Christmas Bird Count that took place in Costa Rica, the 2017 Arenal Bird Count to be exact.

Aplomado Twitch in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we don’t get many chances to chase birds. The open, dry habitat was perfect for it and the experience was so real, it was almost painful to wake up but alas, no Loggerhead Shrike, just a vivid dream of a migrant bird that could make a mega appearance in Costa Rica.

The Smallest Trogons in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, the Blue-gray Tanager is an ideal species for opening the door to everything birds. With a big fat ten species on the trogon list, Costa Rica is one of those choice places. Destinations Costa Rica trogons

Tips for Birding Costa Rica in October, 2017

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The tenth month of the year isn’t one that is commonly associated with birding in Costa Rica but no matter, it should be. The first Costa Rica bird race is happening now : Yes, it is happening right now and since our very own Dragan is participating, we may be hearing about it!

Tips for Birding Costa Rica in 2017

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Are you on your way to Costa Rica? That said, not even 300 of those were identified in an area around the same size as Costa Rica. Red-headed Barbet at the Cafe Colibri, Cinchona, Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica

Bird Migration and Conservation Meet at Selva Bananito, Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, October is our May. Most of them fly on the Caribbean side, especially along the coast south of Limon, and that’s why I guided the Birding Club of Costa Rica down that way this past weekend. Destinations Costa Rica

A Dozen Quick and Easy Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, thankfully, we have some sweet, quick and easy opportunities at beautiful birds that are just an hour’s drive from the airport. The delicious country Costa Rican fare is a bonus, look for this restaurant in a forested riparian zone the road to Poas.

Three Perfect Reasons to Bird Socorro, Costa Rica – Coffee, Proximity, and Quality

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In Costa Rica, it’s not hard to find birds. With hundreds of bird species to look for, us birders know the best reason for visiting Costa Rica and that’s why we put San Jose in the rear-view mirror shortly after arrival. In Costa Rica, we grow coffee.

Galapagos Birds in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica? Although Cocos Island is halfway between Costa Rica and the Galapagos, we are still talking about hundreds of kilometers of ocean between us and the place of the big tortoises. Destinations Costa Rica Galapagos shearwatersThe Galapagos Islands?

Highlights from the 2016 Arenal, Costa Rica Christmas Count

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In Costa Rica, we sometimes deal with constant rain but never have to worry about numb toes or seeing just a few birds. But enough of that, now for some highlights from the first count of the season in Costa Rica, the 2016 Arenal Christmas Count !:

A Change of Seasons in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, April is much more stable. It’s a good time to be in Costa Rica. If you see some of those birds on a Texas coast, know that many of them flew right through Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica spring

Hummingbirds at Catarata del Toro, Costa Rica

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One Spanish word I have down for life after my visit to Costa Rica is catarata. Black-bellied Hummingbirds can only be found in Costa Rica and western Panama. Because, honestly, when am I going to get back to Costa Rica again or go to Panama?

Some Cool Woodpeckers from Costa Rica

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Those woodpeckers are some smart-looking birds, and Costa Rica has her fair share with 16 species that head-bang from the dry forests of the northwest to the high-elevation rainforests of the mountains. A local, brownish subspecies of the Hairy Woodpecker is one of this avian clan that resides in Costa Rica. Lineated Woodpecker : Pileated Woodepeckers might not live in Costa Rica but Lineateds do! A Lineated Woodpecker looking for ants in Costa Rica.

Starting Another Year of Birding in Costa Rica

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As usual, most of my birding will be in Costa Rica although if all goes well, come April, there should also be a sweet set of lifers from Guatemala, hopefully including one that has a red thing sticking out of its noggin. Destinations Costa Rica