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Common Hedgerow Birds of Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we have those living fences, these planted rivulets of green. Red-billed Pigeon are common in much of Costa Rica. In addition to those birds and the Squirrel Cuckoo pictured above, the following are some of the more common hedgerow species of Costa Rica.

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The Antics of Pewees in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we have our pewees, 6 species of them. Three live and breed here, two migrate through the country in large numbers (one of those also breeds here in small numbers), and another migrates through and winters in Costa Rica.

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Gull for a Godwit in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we enjoy healthy numbers of Whimbrels , a few annual wintering Long-billed Curlews that choose to lord over the flats of the Gulf of Nicoya, and good numbers of an equally impressive prairie bird, the Marbled Godwit. In Costa Rica, there always is.

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The Wintering Wood-Warblers of Costa Rica

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Other birds stay in Central America and this makes winter birding in Costa Rica replete with a nice selection of wintering species including wood-warblers. Similar to how this stream bird rolls at its summer home, in Costa Rica, this bird also frequents rushing forested waterways.

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Costa Rica’s Signature Parakeet

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In most places, the number of birds makes it a challenge to pick just one signature species, Costa Rica included. In Costa Rica, one such bird is the Crimson-fronted Parakeet. In a nutshell, that’s a lot of Costa Rica, that’s a lot of Crimson-fronted Parakeets.

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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.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or in the Land of Coffee and Chocolate

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On that glorious day, I observed ten critically endangered birds, representing 8% of their Costa Rican, or 2% of their global population!! Since I wanted to buy some genuine tastes of Costa Rica, we continued to C.A.T.I.E.

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October Global Big Day in Costa Rica- an eBird Trip Report

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In mountainous Costa Rica, that can translate to such disasters as flooding, landslides, and road closures. On October 8th, 2022, that good weather held out and we had a wonderful day of birding in Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica October Global Big Day 2022

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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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Fall Migration in Costa Rica- Six Things I Have Learned

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After moving to Costa Rica in 2007, my fall migration took on a different approach. But it happened nonetheless and if you go birding in Costa Rica in September, especially during October, you can’t help but notice. In Costa Rica, they become another sort of animal.

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Critically Endangered Birds in Costa Rica- How to See Them, How to Help Them

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Such ultra rare and imperiled biodiversity are the “ Critically Endangered “, species that, according to the IUCN, “have decreased, or will decrease by 80% within three generations” Five bird species on the Costa Rica bird list fall into this alarming category.

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Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

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Species like the Gyrfalcon , the aerial powerhouse of the tundra, of stunning, breeding-plumaged May warblers. 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.

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The Uncommon Demise of a Wood Thrush in Costa Rica

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On the breeding grounds of the north, a small bird flies into the night, takes a bearing for the south, gains altitude and flies onward. In Costa Rica, they can take the form of everything from toucans (think crows with giant shark inspired beaks) to herons and monkeys.

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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.

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A Few Highlights from the Annual Bird Count at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

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It takes a detour to reach Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica but oh how the trip is worth it. An uncommon species in Costa Rica, it was in a brushy area that reminded me of its breeding grounds. What can I say but go to Cano Negro when visiting Costa Rica.

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Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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The annual parade of birds is happening and the feathered participants are dressed in their best breeding suits. Now is when we can venture into the closest park and see birds of the deep woods, species that breed far from town. Destinations Costa RicaSpring migration!

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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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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.

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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!

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide–A Book Review

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Some odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) are included in Costa Rica nature guides, but there are hundreds of these beautiful creatures flying around the diverse habitats of Costa Rican and there has not been a guide devoted just to them till now.

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Migrants are on the Move in Costa Rica

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This is the vital time to get outside and see what’s around because lifers could be in the neighborhood, rarely seen species might be just around the corner, and each and every “regular” bird is decked out in beautiful breeding plumage, many also filling the outdoor audio scene with song. 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.

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The Cutest Birds in Costa Rica

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Nothing against the Rocky Pigeon but let’s be honest, if a breeding plumaged Blackburnian Warbler hops into view, It’s pretty easy to forget about that pigeon, Warbling Vireo , or even a Pine Warbler when you can treat the good old retinas to a striking combination of red-orange, black, and white. 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.

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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. Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos pass through Costa Rica on their way to and from the Amazon but if you thought those caterpillar gourmands were tough to see up north, try finding them when they are mute and sneaking their way south. Destinations Costa Rica cuckoos

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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. And that’s also winter birding in Costa Rica, tropical birds, everywhere, all the time. Golden-hooded Tanager- winter bird, Costa Rica style.

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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. Really, there’s not much connection but thanks to the wandering ways of seabirds, Costa Rica does boast some loose links to that bucket list archipelago. Destinations Costa Rica Galapagos shearwatersThe Galapagos Islands?

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Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

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When Costa Rica becomes a topic of conversation, we don’t usually hear the word “extinction” being thrown around. But how about when the Costa Rica conversation involves a birder? Not that long ago, Costa Rica had one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, rainforests were razed to make way for hot and chiggery cattle pasture, and bot flies probably became more numerous than some bird populations.

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

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With birds bedecked in their breeding best and filling the air with song, this is migration at its loveliest. Threatened by loss of habitat both on breeding as well as wintering grounds, a few species have even become endangered or at least on a perilous track towards that worrisome designation. Such habitats are increasingly hard to come by on the breeding grounds whereas more and more habitat on migration and wintering grounds is also destroyed.

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A Change of Seasons in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, April is much more stable. The birds also need it because this is when they build nests and breed. It’s a good time to be in Costa Rica. As the local birds get into breeding mode, some others take advantage of the nesting to feed broods of their own. 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

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A Bittersweet Life Bird in Costa Rica

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It was that way for my first Indigo Bunting (a male that absorbed all light and sang in morning wet forests of northeastern Pennsylvania in 1979), and my first Brown Noddy seen from a ferry in Costa Rica earlier this year. Costa Rica has more than 900 birds on the country list but the small size of the territory and easy access to good habitat eventually results in sightings of most resident species. However, it was also one that I never expected to see in Costa Rica.

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Rare Birds in Costa Rica from a Local Birding Perspective

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For example, in Costa Rica, we have Eastern Phoebe on the list because one lone, very lost (or extremely adventurous) individual took a really big detour at Pismo Beach instead of making a short flight to wintering grounds much closer to home. It ended up on Cocos Island and since that eastern Pacific isle is in Costa Rican territory, Eastern Phoebe is on the list. None of these are rare in their normal haunts but seeing them in Costa Rica would be a major birding event.

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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. If you want, you can even help reforest Costa Rica by planting trees at Dave and Dave’s , a father and son eco-venture in the Caribbean lowlands that also acts as one of the best spots for bird photography in the country.

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Happy Global Big Day from Costa Rica!

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This Yellow Warbler was looking fresh before it left Costa Rica. How can we say that magic is a farce when the May blossoms are backdropping bright, breeding plumaged Canadas , Magnolias , Chestnut-sideds , chocolate Bay-breasteds , and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks ? In Costa Rica, I’m not sure if we will get as much competitive participation as last year, but I do suspect that a lot of people will just be out there birding and submitting the results to eBird.

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A Shorebird Search in Costa Rica, Late April

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Shorebirds are part of the avian scene in Costa Rica, pretty much all year long. Even more pass through Costa Rica during spring and fall migration, and in summer, you can cross paths with an errant Whimbrel and other shorebirds that opt to extend the vacation in Costa Rica rather than heading way north to the boggy breeding grounds. Those birds are out there, even in Costa Rica, and I bet more are waiting to be found.

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Big Day Birding in Costa Rica- Strategies and Constraints

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With all of those birds singing and showing off their breeding colors, it’s no surprise that we see major bird races like Champions of the Flyway and The World Series of Birding , along with other main birding events like the Global Big Day. Up north, strategies for a Big Day have to include knowledge of sites for breeding birds, the best places to find migrants, driving times, and the ability to identify by sight or sound, anything that peeps, flies, or pops into view.

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The Sunbitterns of Costa Rica

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Our recent trip to Selva Verde Lodge in Costa Rica was one such trip that held an unexpected surprise. A displaying Sunbittern close to Selva Verde Lodge, Costa Rica Secondly, Sunbitterns belong to a monotypic family, Eurypygidae. Sunbitterns like to hunt in clear, fast-flowing streams But probably the least known aspect of the Sunbittern’s life history is its breeding and nesting.

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Highlights and Quotes from Costa Rica During the Global Big Day

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Although I could have spent a morning birding at one of my favorite sites in Costa Rica, I couldn’t just settle for that. Rufous-winged Woodpecker – one of the many forest-based birds in Costa Rica. If enough rare birds are heard, you just might break a record, and since I know that getting the world record (even the new 35o plus one) is possible in Costa Rica, I can’t help but try and go for the avian twitching gold.

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May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

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In Costa Rica, well…not so much. Yes, the birding is truly exciting but we just don’t have the annual parade of breeding plumaged, singing warblers, grosbeaks, and orioles. Costa Rican Warbler. Destinations Costa RicaMay migration is legendary.

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Breeding Bird Count on Poas Volcano

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In Costa Rica, June is breeding bird count season. As one might expect with a breeding bird count, it also gives me an idea of which birds are where, and whether or not other species are still around (side benefits for guiding on that same route as well as future Big Days). Most, like the Black-thighed Grosbeak, are also endemic to Costa Rica and Panama. Destinations breeding bird Costa Rica

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The Little Big Year 2018: Best Birds of the Year!

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This entire list could be made up of Costa Rican birds, but one of my favorites to capture was this Chestnut-backed Antbird. The birds are now breeding in the area, but are quite happy to keep coming to the daily feeding station in groups of over 100 birds. This bird is 3 inches long, lives in the darkest part of the jungle understory of Costa Rica, and never sits still! We spent a total of 22 days in Costa Rica, with 15 of those days spent truly birding.

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A New Addition To The Birding Lexicon: “Brainbird”

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On a recent Costa Rica trip, one of these was called out while an epic mixed flock was demolishing the forest around us. Costa Rica offers so many amazing birds that even birds like this, which can change everything for a birder, can take one by surprise. The mind reels… During a recent Costa Rica trip, I accompanied a number of pathetic birders who practically needed to look at a field guide for every single bird they saw. Black-thighed Grosbeak.

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Serendipity Plus Avocado = Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Snow has touched down in some places up north, up there on the breeding grounds of Mourning Warblers , Baltimore Orioles , and Sharp-shinned Hawks. A lot of them came down to Costa Rica, especially the orioles. It’s a welcome sound of “winter” in Costa Rica along with the chipping of Yellow Warblers , steady appearance of Chestnut-sided Warblers , and ticking notes of Tennessees. Birding Inspiration Costa Rica Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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When I went to Honduras in 2014, I was advised to use The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean (2014) and The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America by Steve N.G. The map template shows the political boundaries of each country, and are color and shape coded to show permanent residents, nonbreeding visitors, breeding visitors, transients, vagrants, breeding colonies, local wintering sites, locally resident year-round sites, and suspected sites.

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The wonderful Phainopepla

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The Black-and-white Phainoptila , Phainoptila melanoxantha from Costa Rica and Panama. Then there is the Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher , Ptilogonys caudatus , living in some of the high mountains of Costa Rica and Panama. The birds living on the Baja are fulltime, breeding residents, while many of the birds will range as far north as central California, and Utah.

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