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.

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.

Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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After all, Costa Rica is no small player on the world birding stage. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan. The post Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. 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. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; Tambor, 3-Jan. The post Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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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. 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.

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. In fact, because the numbers are so small, I bet we could get a fair estimate about the numbers of every raptor species in Costa Rica with a bit of effort. As with so many other bird species in Costa Rica that require humid tropical forest, various raptors seem to also be in decline. Destinations Costa Rica raptors

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.

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. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; Sarapiqui, 2-Jan. Destinations Costa RicaNot long ago, I had trouble sleeping because of these small, random explosions going off in my neighborhood.

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Pat’s Year List from Costa Rica, 2019

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The latter is how I began 2019 in Costa Rica and I am grateful. Crimson-fronted Parakeets show red and yellow on their underwings as they fly above the towns and cities of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; Turrucares, 1-Jan. The post Pat’s Year List from Costa Rica, 2019 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaA new year begins and last year’s bird list gets archived.

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Caribbean Lowland Birding at Ara Ambigua Lodge, Costa Rica

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As with peninsulas and places situated on an isthmus, Costa Rica has more than one coast. Since that part of the Atlantic belongs to the Caribbean Sea, locally, the eastern low elevations of Costa Rica are also referred to as the “Caribbean lowlands” However, other than some communities made up of people of Jamaican heritage, there’s actually not much Caribbean about it. Golden-hooded Tanager- beautiful and common in Costa Rica.

A Few Ups and Downs of Forest Birding in Costa Rica

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Lowland rainforest ecosystems in Amazonia typically host well over 500 species and the richest rainforests in Costa Rica have lists with 300 to 400. Yep, that’s a heck of a lot of birds and in Costa Rica, that many in a small area are only going to be found in places with sizeable tracts of primary rainforest. This brings us to the first obvious upside of rainforest birding in Costa Rica; a chance at a lot more species than other habitats.

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Zamora Estate… Avian-rich Eco-Luxury in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica enjoys an international reputation as an iconic birding location, bursting with epic Neotropical species and breathtaking natural attractions. Understandably, certain lodges have, over the years, come to be associated with the Costa Rican birding circuit. Stay at Zamora Estate and you’ll have a chance to enjoy what will undoubtedly be a future fixture in the firmament of Costa Rican birding ecotourism. Trips Costa Rica eco-lodge hotel zamora estate

Pat’s 2017 Year List for Costa Rica and Wherever Else

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It’s going to take a while but if I can expend time and energy (aka birding kung-fu) in the right places, I can certainly make that happen for Costa Rica. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; Santa Barbara de Heredia, 4-Jan. Destinations Costa RicaJust as time only moves forwards, so do new bird lists. Once the December 31st clock strikes midnight, I can’t help but archive the old one and start another for a new year.

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Christmas Counting in Arenal, Costa Rica

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Although this tradition started in the temperate zone, we also celebrate it in Costa Rica with counts that are more like organized events featuring vendors, talks, sponsors, and, best of all, an awesome birding tee-shirt. White-fronted Nunbirds : These coral-beaked rainforest birds are always a highlight when birding in Costa Rica. I can’t think of a better way to end another year of birding in Costa Rica.

Pat’s Year List, it’s 2016!

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On the other side of the weather coin, now that I live in Costa Rica, the first month of the year also means warm sunny days punctuated by windy weather, and migrants like Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles sharing green space with Blue-gray Tanagers and other avian locals. A cold, productive day spent birding with a friend from Buffalo was marked by two owls, lots of ducks, Tundra Swans , several gulls, and other targets not possible in tropical Costa Rica.

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Collaborative list November – 2021

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Thank goodness that the rest of the beats have been busily birding,that’s what they like to do… 9 of them submitted 114 checklists via eBird and amassed 525 species from 7 (China, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, UK, Serbia and USA) countries during November.

Collaborative list – June 2020

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But in bigger news, could this be the month that UK outbirds Costa Rica? Costa Rica has also submitted 63. Costa Rica v UK is bino a bino and UK has never before beaten The Man. Update; as at June 30, UK 68 – Costa Rica 63.

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Collaborative list – October 2021

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9 beats submitted 140 checklists from 7 countries (USA, UK, Costa Rica, Serbia, Australia, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago) during October to account for 585 species. 184 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis.

Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

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December’s beats found 609 birds after submitting 116 checklists from 8 countries (USA, UK, Costa Rica, China, Mexico, Serbia and Australia). Most species-prolific was Patrick in Costa Rica, followed by Paul from Mexico.

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Collaborative list – February 2021

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9 beats from 8 countries (Australia, USA, UK, Serbia, Costa Rica, China, Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico), shared 138 checklists for 703 species. The year list to date is 1015 species and 7 have been added to the life list ( 4059 ) from Costa Rica, China and Trinidad and Tobago.

Collaborative List ? May 2020

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7 beats contributed their sightings from 7 countries (Hong Kong, UK, China, USA, Serbia, Australia and, of course, Costa Rica). Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). This was the month we (in the northern hemisphere) had all been waiting for, but what a strange month May 2020 has been.

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The Fate of the Florida Anis

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Large swaths of the Everglades were being drained to make way for cattle ranching, citrus groves, and low density housing that included many overgrown, weedy lots. However, like the two previous species discussed in this article, Greater Anis have a precedent for wandering, having been recorded in Costa Rica and the US Virgin Islands in recent years which is well outside of its ‘normal’ range — just some food for thought.

Collaborative list – November 2020

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However, 10 beats from 7 countries were able to submit some 127 checklists containing 597 birds from 7 countries (USA, UK, Serbia, China, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica). 445 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Who remembers birding parties?

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Collaborative list – March 2021

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Checklists came in from 7 countries (USA, UK, Serbia, China, Mexico, Costa Rica and Australia) and brought the year list for 2021 so far to 1143. It is slightly weird that when I first saw the name of the virus, I misread it as Corvid-19. Is that just a birder thing do you think?

Collaborative List – September 2020

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11 beats collaborated to enter 163 checklists from 8 countries (UK, USA, Costa Rica, Australia, Serbia, China, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago). 217 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Redgannet has dropped off the radar.

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They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Birds in Brazil.

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We got particularly great looks at Guira Cuckoo at Pousada Piuval, a resort that is also a cattle ranch; they were active all day, even after many of the birds that gathered in the early morning dispersed, often whistling loudly from the fence posts. And, of course, Pat sees Jabiru every year in Costa Rica.

Collaborative list – April 2021

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9 beats submitted 172 checklists from 7 countries (UK, USA, Costa Rica, Australia, Serbia, China and Trinidad and Tobago) for 640 species.

Collaborative list January 2021

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The beats are famed for their inclusion on the nice side of the ledger and this month 9 of them shared 163 lists from 7 countries (Australia, Costa Rica, USA, UK, Serbia, China and Trinidad and Tobago) and accounted for 735 bird species. Elves love the collaborative list.

Collaborative list – December 2019

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Incidentally, Uganda ( 510 ) leap-frogged Australia ( 475 ) to become the list’s fourth most prolific country behind Costa Rica ( 763 ), USA ( 654 ) and Brazil ( 555 ). Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis.

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Collaborative list – October 2020

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7 countries (Costa Rica, China, USA, UK, Mexico, New Zealand and Serbia) were birded by 11 beats during October. 168 Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. 646 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Fall is well and truly underway and the shoreline is filling with waders and wildfowl. October has seen the return of closer to normal activity for the beats and collaboration has been as high as it has been since February.

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Collaborative List – July 2019

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During July, 11 beats birded 11 countries (USA, UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Japan, UAE, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia) and submitted 82 checklists. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. They accounted for 562 species at this sluggish time of year. The year list has moved forward to 1962 and the life list has leapt forward to 3759. These are the numbers. Alphabetic Taxonomic. Location. Date.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

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Our two newest contributors have shared from Mexico and China, bringing the countries birded this month (also including; Costa Rica, Greece, Serbia, USA, UK, India, UAE and New Zealand) to 10. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?)

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Collaborative list – January 2020

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The year has started well with 10 new birds from India, China, Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica. 12 beats birded 10 countries (Costa Rica, USA, Brazil, China, India, Serbia, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico), submitting 187 lists and spotting 902 birds.

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Collaborative List – October 2019

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Visited this month were; Germany , France , Austria, South Africa, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Serbia, Costa Rica, Australia, China, Indonesia , Switzerland and Singapore). Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa Rican Warbler – Basileuterus melanotis. 14 countries were birded this month by 13 beats; a record participative effort! 172 lists were shared and 1004 species were seen, both records for October, so well done beats!

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Collaborative list – August 2019

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12 beats visited 12 countries (USA, UK, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nigeria, New Zealand, Serbia, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, China and Argentina), sharing 148 lists along the way and noting 844 species (old and new). Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. eBird have applied their new taxonomy as of July/August 2019. What a boon for listers.

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Collaborative List – November 2019

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They ranged across 10 countries (Costa Rica, USA, UK, India, Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico, Serbia and Uganda). Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl – Glaucidium costaricanum. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa.

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Collaborative List – January 2019

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The engaged and generous beats ( 10 of them) have shared 188 checklists during January and have accounted for 859 species from 8 countries (USA, Australia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, UK, New Zealand and Serbia. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl – Glaucidium costaricanum. Cattle Tyrant – Machetornis rixosa.

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

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Submissions for February have been received from Austria, Australia, UK, Japan, Costa Rica, Serbia, Mexico, USA, The Bahamas and Lichtenstein. The life total has been pushed to 2724 by means of Corey’s meanderings and Pat ceaselessly bashing the forests of Costa Rica. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae.

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Collaborative List – February 2019

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Without including the new pin in the map, countries this month featured; USA, Australia, Serbia, Bahrain, India, Kuwait, New Zealand, UK, Ghana and of course, Costa Rica. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl – Glaucidium costaricanum. The life list has received a huge boost this month and has risen 43 points to 3616.

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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9 beats contributed 140 checklists from 8 countries (USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Bahamas, Costa Rica, India and Serbia) through December which accounted for 829 species, bolstering the year list (comprising checklists from 27 countries), which finished at 2259 from 1861 shares and brings the life total to 3567 ( 48 countries and 4742 checklists) up from 3272 in December 2017. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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Tom and Pat were toe to toe in Costa Rica , so the numbers from there outshone anything else on the list for November, with over 60% of the month’s total shared between them. They birded 6 countries; USA, UK, Costa Rica, Serbia, Australia, and Mexico. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae. A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. During October, 7 countries (Costa Rica, Australia, USA, India, Hong Kong, UK, Serbia) were birded by 11 beats who shared 135 checklists and noted 697 species. In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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These are the numbers acheived by 10 (we have a new contributor, Paul, from Mexico) beats during May; We visited 8 countries (Costa Rica, USA, UK, Australia, Serbia, Greece, Kuwait and Mexico) and noted 776 birds from 160 checklists. Costa Rican Brushfinch – Arremon costaricensis. Costa’s Hummingbird – So that was May.

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