Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, lately, I have been enjoying the class and elegance of bird poster art produced by CaraCara. These are all of the toucan species that occur in Costa Rica. The post Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

February Birds from Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, February is a different birding story. that are fairly common in Costa Rica. One of six motmot species in Costa Rica, this one is common in humid forest habitats of the Caribbean lowlands and foothills. On your way to Costa Rica?

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Costa Rica?s Almost Endemic Trogon

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Crimson-fronted Parakeets- one of our city birds in Costa Rica. It’s not like when a birder is visiting Arizona and hoping for “the trogon” (aka Elegant Trogon ) because when a birder walks in Costa Rica, there are nine of these eye-catching beauties to look for. Of those, two are only found in Costa Rica and Panama, the near threatened Baird’s Trogon of which is nearly exclusive to 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.

Tips to Use eBird for Costa Rica

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Now, a birder could even plan an entire trip to Costa Rica with eBird data. Well, you could, BUT there are a few good reasons for maybe not going that bird planning route at least for Costa Rica. These are some things to keep in mind when using eBird before, during, and after a trip to Costa Rica: Before the trip. You have decided to finally visit Costa Rica and yes you are allowed to get excited because the birding is indeed fantastic.

Highlights from Birding Costa Rica, 2019

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There are three species of crow-like cotingas with odd hairdos known as umbrellabirds, the Bare-necked Umbrellabird is the one that lives in Costa Rica. Ruffs from Israel, the one in Costa Rica kind of looked like the top bird. Destinations Costa Rica

Yard List Birding in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, official, enforced quarantine hasn’t happened yet. At the moment, thanks to the government getting serious about this darn thing earlier rather than later, the number of new cases per day in Costa Rica has been very much linear in nature. These days, as with so many other places, in Costa Rica, yard birding is what most of us are up to. The post Yard List Birding in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

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Given the ample distribution of this species in Costa Rica, I am sure that we have more than a few folks out there who know the Sunbittern well even if they don’t watch birds at all. On account of its fantastic appearance, the Sunbittern is one species that every birder would love to see, check out these hints to make your acquaintance with it in Costa Rica: Know what to look for. The post How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. No tours means much less birding, especially on my part and with further restrictions to movement having been recently declared in Costa Rica, birding outside of the neighborhood has come to a full stop. Nevertheless, although Costa Rica might be a small place in terms of land area, it’s a mega place in terms of diverse habitats and subsequent biodiversity.

Starting the Year in Birding at Raptor Ridge, Costa Rica

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No strangers to wildlife observation and birding, this American/Tica couple have been publishing handy pocket field guides for Costa Rica and other places since the 1990s. The post Starting the Year in Birding at Raptor Ridge, Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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The post A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaThese are times of unfamiliar circumstances and in more ways than one. As the tide of climate disaster keeps rising, protests continue, and economies fall into recession, we move through time and space in a limbo of anxiety and uncertainty. These are the pandemic doldrums, a situation where horizons are muddled by the fogs of worry.

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Bird Counts and Cold Fronts in Costa Rica

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It doesn’t get cold in Costa Rica. That’s where Costa Rica is situated of course and is partly why so many birds live here. It’s par for the course in December, Costa Rica, and unfortunately, often coincides with our annual bird counts.

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.

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.

How to Bird the Colibri Cafe at Cinchona, Costa Rica

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This is also why so many of the birding tribe travel to watch birds, a good number of which eventually make it to Costa Rica. As with every site in Costa Rica, the best way to bird this wonderful spot is to get there in the first place. Birding Destinations Costa Rica

Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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I think this is one of the reasons why so many people visiting Costa Rica want to see the bird with the big banana bill, some ask if you have seen “the toucan” Photos and field guides have shown them that these fantastic cartoonish birds do indeed exist and they have heard that a lot of visitors to Costa Rica see toucans. Much to the good fortune of resident and visiting birders in Costa Rica, this is true, we see toucans at many sites in the country.

Snow in Costa Rica!

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It was already dark in mid-October when we arrived to the Costa Rican birding mecca of Rancho Naturalista to have dinner on the veranda but then were interrupted with a call: There’s a Mottled Owl at the other side! Belonging to the Caribbean foothills biome, Rancho Naturalista has the fourth longest eBird list among the hotspots of Costa Rica: 478 species, including 36 raptors and 38 hummingbirds. I found the snow in Costa Rica, the endemic Snowcap hummingbird, that is.

Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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I don’t know what I will identify but since most or all will be in Costa Rica, there should be a lot. The post Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica

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Hawk-Eagle Sweep in Costa Rica

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The tropical habitats of Costa Rica are home to a surprising number of raptor species. In Costa Rica, this is the case for many raptors and is why fewer than expected are found during an average birding trip. As with many areas in Latin America that boast humid tropical forest, Costa Rica has three species of hawk-eagles. This striking species used to be more regular in Costa Rica and was typically seen on any sunny day at the edge of rainforest.

Hoping for Grasspipers in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, sandpipers are locally known as “correlimos”, which to me sounds something along the lines of “little runners” and that sounds about right. The four main grasspipers that move through Costa Rica are the same ones usually referred to as such by folks looking for them on turf farms from southern Ontario to Texas. A rare turf farm in Costa Rica, one of the places where grasspipers have been seen in the past.

Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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In Costa Rica, although we have some freedom of movement, most local birders are still watching from home, me included. Thousands of birds have yet to fly through Costa Rica, in particular, the “late migrants” like Canada Warbler , various tyrant-flycatchers, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. The post Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaSpring migration!

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The Benefits of Pre-Dawn Birding in Costa Rica

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Situated well off the beaten track and at the end of long, bumpy roads, Cangreja National Park is one of the less frequently visited protected areas in Costa Rica. Since the area is not birded that often and because I wondered if it might host the screech-owl taxon in Costa Rica currently referred to as Choco Screech-Owl , I opted for a pre-dawn walk on a road through humid forest. The post The Benefits of Pre-Dawn Birding in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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. However, the lack of cold doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own set of birding challenges in Costa Rica. Add 10 species to my Costa Rica list. Destinations Costa Rica

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

The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

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In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica. Our big month of bird movements in Costa Rica, the 10th month of the year, is when most of the swallows, Scarlet Tanagers , thrushes, and other species on the South American express push through. Some stop right in front of our place in the urbanized intermontane valley where the majority of Costa Ricans reside. What Scarlet Tanagers look like in October Costa Rica. Bird migration!

Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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If a list also shows the status for each species, birders on their way to Costa Rica would realize that they shouldn’t really expect vireos with white eyes nor blue heads (but would hopefully know that they should very much report those species on eBird so local birders can chase them!). We have an official list for Costa Rica and, as with other lists, our’s is dynamic. The harrier that reaches Costa Rica is a rare but regular winter visitor.

Six Months Birding in Costa Rica, 620 Species of Birds

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” During migration, I also see Eastern Wood-Pewees in Costa Rica. Living in Costa Rica, June is just as warm as the rest of the year. June in Costa Rica is the half-way point; when I figure out what I need to do, where I need to go to attain birding goals for the rest of the year. Trips to these out of the way sites in the southern part of Costa Rica are essential for a 700 species Big Year. Destinations big year Costa Rica

A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica

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One of the quandaries of birding in Costa Rica is deciding where to go birding. Costa Rica’s small size, ease of access and massive avian diversity promises a wealth of birds in many places. As for birding in Costa Rica, until a teleporter is invented, we have to decide whether to bird in the lowlands or the highlands, or on the wet Caribbean slope or the Pacific. The post A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Reminders and Perils of Fall Migration in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, it’s also happening, not as in full force mode as the temperate north but that will change in a month when we see thousands of Eastern Wood-pewees , flocks of Eastern Kingbirds , and other species hurrying their way to South America. However, even now, the ancient movements of birds between summer breeding grounds and tropical wintering places have been taking place in Costa Rica. Millions of Cliff Swallows pass through Costa Rica.

How to Watch Birds in the Rains of Costa Rica

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But, not all weather is crazy and most of it can be birded, even during the rainy season in Costa Rica, you can actually see a lot! Although most birding binoculars in these modern times are waterproof, it’s still worth emphasizing this vital piece of information when birding in Costa Rica. The post How to Watch Birds in the Rains of Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica

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.

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

Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

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Personally, I love the day because I know that while I am out listening for owls and watching mixed flocks in Costa Rica, countless other members of the birding tribe are doing the same over there in the windswept plains of Rajastan, in the dripping cloud forests of Peru, in birdy New York’s Central Park, and so many other special places. I have been able to do that in Costa Rica because literally hundreds of bird species can be accessed in a question of hours.

Birding News from Costa Rica at the Start of the Pandemic

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As the pandemic suddenly gained speed and we saw our first cases in Costa Rica, we realized that we were in for some big changes. In case you happened to be wondering, this is some of what has been happening in Costa Rica birding and otherwise during the past two weeks: We still watch birds. Folks can leave but they can’t come back and residents of Costa Rica who arrive after this date will be in for a two week quarantine. Destinations Costa Rica

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How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica

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There would have been forest interior birding shortly thereafter followed by visits to wetlands, edge habitats, highland forests, and other places to finish off a grand Global Big Day in Costa Rica. Restrictions in Costa Rica keep us from driving on Saturday and that’s why we are doing all of our birding from home. The post How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica

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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. Fortunately, they were able to extract themselves to eventually get the highest total for the day in Costa Rica, 230 plus species. GBD, 2018 in Costa Rica also resulted in conversations about organizing a Big Day and/or other birding events for Costa Rica.

The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica…. Costa Rica is a good place to stop, to settle down. The post The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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.

Birds Expected and Unexpected at Calle Jocote, Costa Rica

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These birds do move through Costa Rica in large numbers but more so on the other side of the mountains than near our place. Although uncommon in Costa Rica, they do get around and can show wherever one of their host species, the Montezuma Oropendola , occur. The post Birds Expected and Unexpected at Calle Jocote, Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica

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. But, living in the Western Balkans, Costa Rica – and the entire New World – seemed not 14 hours of flight, but more like 14 light years away. Costa Rica, here I come! Trips bird race Costa Rica

The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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Although it’s feasible and fairly easy to see Great Tinamou at some sites in Costa Rica, in most other places, the time investment needed to see one usually relegates it to the “heard only” category. In defense of target birding, in most cases, sacrificing sightings of other species isn’t even necessary to see our “most wanted” As is often the case in Costa Rica and elsewhere, the rare species are found in the birdiest, high quality habitats.

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. This species can be seen in any middle elevation rainforest in Costa Rica, it also visits fruit feeders at Cinchona, Bosque Tolomuco, and Vista del Valle. 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