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.

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.

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.

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!

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. 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.

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!).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Surpassing 300 Species in Costa Rica on Global Big Day, 2019

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This happens in Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and other major birdy places because GBD isn’t just viewed as a day to watch birds. In Costa Rica, we wanted to eBird as many of the resident species as possible, even the super tough ones.

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How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica

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However, fortunately for birders in Costa Rica, we also have an important wood-warbler hotspot. The post How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica crowdfunding

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.

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.

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.

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