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!

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.

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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 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. Our birding was particularly productive for the Central Valley but still gives an idea of what can be found in and near urban areas of 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.

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

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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. A rare turf farm in Costa Rica, one of the places where grasspipers have been seen in the past.

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.

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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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.

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! The post How to Watch Birds in the Rains of Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica

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. Migration is happening.

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. Bird migration!

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. Destinations Costa Rica shorebirds

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!).

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.

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.

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

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

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I have been able to do that in Costa Rica because literally hundreds of bird species can be accessed in a question of hours. This year, October GBD happened on the 19th and Costa Rica was ready. competitions Destinations Costa Rica Global Big Day

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. Trips to these out of the way sites in the southern part of Costa Rica are essential for a 700 species Big Year.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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. Finally, Costa Rica has 920 birds, including 90 Central American endemics; not to mention that more than one milion raptors pass through it (Kekoldi in the southeast) in a single season.

Migrants are on the Move in Costa Rica

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Wood Thrushe s are already singing in some places, although not in Costa Rica. . Several come to Costa Rica and a lot of those are, right at this moment, on the move. This Golden Swamp Warbler was bulking up on bananas at a middle elevation site in Costa Rica.

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.

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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. It is regular at more than one site in 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!

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.