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! I found the snow in Costa Rica, the endemic Snowcap hummingbird, that is.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 !

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.

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

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!

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

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

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.

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?

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

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 !:

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

How Many Bird Species on Poas Volcano, Costa Rica?

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Flying in to Costa Rica is accompanied by porthole views of the Central Valley and the mountains that flank it. I sample birding on Poas more often than at other sites in Costa Rica because it’s close to home and makes for a worthwhile guided day trip from the San Jose area. A number of gulls, terns, sandpipers and other birds of wet habitats are prominent on most country lists, Costa Rica included. Destinations Costa Rica

Birdmania at the Cano Negro Bird Count, Costa Rica

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I spent two full days where the birding was near constant, and, just to keep the binoculars from being neglected, topped it off with another half day of birding on our drive back from Cano Negro, Costa Rica. We also had close looks at the local for Costa Rica Gray-chested Dove.

Six Months of Birding in Costa Rica

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As with any region endowed with bio-rich tropical habitats, the more time you spend in Costa Rica, the more birds you end up seeing. Destinations big year Costa RicaIt’s 2017 and we have reached the halfway point.

Duck Quest in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is known for its quetzales, many hummingbirds, beautiful tanagers, and a host of other tropical birdies not found back at the home patch. That’s of course why most birders visit Costa Rica and rightly so. Destinations Costa Rica

Get Saltators in Costa Rica

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“Saltator” is another one of those “intriguing” names for certain bird species that live in Costa Rica and the Neotropical region. The other saltators in Costa Rica are more classic members of this odd family. Destinations Costa Rica

The Raptor Situation in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we have more than our fair share. This basically means that it’s not easy being a raptor in Costa Rica. As with so many other bird species in Costa Rica that require humid tropical forest, various raptors seem to also be in decline.

The “Turkeys” of Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, although I did spend a memorable one years ago in the Osa Peninsula where flocks of parrots flew into the mangroves while we feasted on turkey, pie, and the works, we have no actual Wild Turkeys , nor an official Thanksgiving. The turkeys I’m talking about up in here are three of the five members of the Cracidae family that occur in Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, it’s pretty common and easy to see in and near just about any protected forest.

Want to Escape the Heat? Go Birding in Costa Rica!

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Yep, come to Costa Rica to cool off! Plant as many trees as you can, support organic, locally produced food, don’t buy products associated with deforestation, and feel good about coming down to Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica

Quality Birds at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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Whatever the case, there are some serious quality birds lurking in the wetlands and woodlands of Cano Negro, Costa Rica. Cano Negro is one of Costa Rica’s two largest wetlands. When the rains fall on Tenorio Volcano (like, most of the time), that precipitation eventually combines to form streams that meet rivers that eventually make their way to the lowland plains in northern Costa Rica. Looking for a few quality birds in Costa Rica?

The Birding in Costa Rica is Always Good at Lands in Love

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How many of us have heard that open-ended question while birding in the USA, Canada, and Costa Rica? In Costa Rica, this one counts as a good bird. Once it learns that no one is trying to shoot it, this species can be common and tame at many sites in Costa Rica.

Expectations and Suggestions for Caribbean Lowland Birding in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is situated right between two oceans. Over there on the Caribbean (that’s what we call the Atlantic Ocean in Costa Rica), the lowlands are supposed to be blanketed in lush, over-vegetated rainforests. Destinations Costa Rica

Are Puffbirds Real? and Other Pertinent Questions for Birding in Costa Rica

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If it’s high quality coffee, the trip is that much better (and yet another reason why Costa Rica is awesome)! These are pertinent questions for the inquiring birding mind which, thank goodness, can be readily answered if you go birding in Costa Rica at the right places.

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.

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?

Three Days of Birding in Costa Rica = Owls, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, and More

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I just finished three days of guiding in Costa Rica, each of which was a day trip from the Central Valley, every one a bonanza of new birds. Destinations Costa Rica

Photogenic Birding in San Vito, Costa Rica

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I reside in Costa Rica, the country is roughly the same size as West Virginia, but I rarely make it to some parts of this birdy nation. This bird is fairly common in many parts of Costa Rica but it’s so stunning, it always deserves a mention. Destinations Costa Ric