Shearwater Chase in Costa Rica

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They covered so much water so quickly, so effortlessly, I understood how they could wander from Hawaii to Costa Rica, make steady constant progress over countless kilometers of waves and deep blue water. The post Shearwater Chase in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Signs of Spring Migration in Costa Rica

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Baltimore Oriole- one of the more common wintering birds in Costa Rica. Spring is happening in Costa Rica, these are some of the signs: A Change of Wood-Warblers. Typically, in Costa Rica, this swamp beauty is a bird of wetlands and mangroves.

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Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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Birding Experiences is a Costa Rican company owned and run by enthusiastic birdwatchers from Costa Rica. In brief, birds are our passion, and we would love to help organize your birdwatching trip to Costa Rica. Volunteer reviewer for eBird in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley

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Even better, this site near San Ramon, Costa Rica is almost too accessible. The post Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaQuetzal Valley ! Does such a place really exist?

Costa Rica Opens! What About the Birding?

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Back in March, back when the world realized that a pandemic was happening and that it was spreading with tenacious unconscious determination, Costa Rica closed its borders. Visitors need to provide proof of health insurance approved by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health.

Visit the Macaw Lodge in Costa Rica

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Just two hours from the capital, is situated the Macao Sanctuary, a natural reserve located in the rain forest, in the mountains of the Costa Rican Central Pacific. The post Visit the Macaw Lodge in 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?

Urban Nature Persists in San Joaquin, Heredia, Costa Rica, May 4th, 2021

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In birding circles, Costa Rica is better known for protected areas, quetzal tours, and glittering displays of hummingbirds than the things that fly in urban spots. I mean, who comes to Costa Rica to bird on city streets? Destinations Costa Rica

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. Beautiful birdy rainforest in Costa Rica. EBird!

High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia

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Costa Rica is a tropical country but it doesn’t have to be hot. To be honest, I shouldn’t downplay the lower temperatures of Costa Rica’s high elevations. The post High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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.

A Cuckoo in Costa Rica Brings in the Birders

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12 species of cuckoos are on the Costa Rica bird list. Tortuguero- one of many excellent birding areas in Costa Rica. I can’t say the same for the other especially tough cuckoo in Costa Rica, the one and only Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (or RVG as I like to call it).

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.

7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

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I don’t know if I can make these happen but I’m making some 2021 Costa Rica birding resolutions anyways! The more birds the better and there’s a lot to see in Costa Rica! Coming to Costa Rica? Birding 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.

What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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In Costa Rica, the tenth month is when birds pass through in droves. In Costa Rica, a lot of those birds fly right overhead. Even while listening to nocturnal flight calls, it seems hard to assess what flies over Costa Rica.

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. I should also mention that March might be the best time to hear Sunbitterns in Costa Rica.

Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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After all, Costa Rica is no small player on the world birding stage. The post Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica2021 is already well underway, are you birding?

Come to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica!

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Welcome back to the paradise of birding in the Arenal region of Costa Rica! We are proud to work with many of Costa Rica’s great birders like Juan Diego Vargas (Country Coordinator, eBird; Bird Guide, Lifer Nature Tours) and Patrick O’Donnell (renowned birder associated with 10,000 Birds). The post Come to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica! Destinations Birding Tourism Costa Rica Finca Luna Nueva

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. 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.

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. Counts of anywhere from twenty to eighty Marbled Godwits are standard when birding Chomes or Punta Morales; two of the main shorebird hotspots in Costa Rica.

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

Urban Birding in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is well known for national parks and other protected areas than offer access to tropical ecosystems dripping with biodiversity. In Costa Rica’s Central Valley, the former denizens of moist tropical forest and brushy wetlands have had to adapt to a mosaic of agriculture, gardens, and wooded remnants mostly restricted to riparian zones. In Costa Rica, the Crimson-fronted Parakeet can nest in buildings and forages in a variety of fruiting trees.

Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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A male Turquoise Cotinga from southern Costa Rica. As they make their incredible, biannual winged trek, they also pass through Costa Rica. Cliff Swallow , one of many million that migrated through Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica migration

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.

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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. The post The Benefits of Pre-Dawn Birding in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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.

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. The post Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaSpring migration!

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Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

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The post Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaThanks to steadfast advances in optics and digital cameras, bird photography has become quite the popular way to appreciate birds.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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. Even so, warm, friendly weather can’t stop a birder from choosing Costa Rica’s best birds of Halloween. Colorful, fantastic birds, even non-birders want to see a toucan 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. One of many beautiful Baltimore Orioles in Costa Rica for the winter. Tennessee Warblers in Costa Rica prefer flowering trees in dry areas but a few also visit banana feeders. . Go birding in Costa Rica now until April.

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

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. 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.

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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. Destinations Costa Rica

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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.

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.