Mangrove Birds of Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, mangrove forests grow on both coasts but are much more common on the Pacific because there are more places where estuaries flow into bays and other shallow, coastal waters. This Myiarchus is a bird of mangrove forests, at least in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica: You Only Live Twice

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Indeed, you only live twice: your second life starts when you bird Costa Rica for the first time. And, yee-haw, this would be my second attempt at a second life: three weeks ago I was invited to bird Costa Rica! Still, it’s Costa Rica I am talking about: I’ll be back.

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.

Grouse in PA, Grouse in Costa Rica

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Fast forwarding to Costa Rica, to be honest, you won’t find any grouse around here. Further south, several of these cool, tropical wild chickens evolved to inhabit a variety of tropical forests, in Costa Rica, we have been honored with seven of them.

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.

Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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Birding Experiences is a Costa Rican company owned and run by enthusiastic birdwatchers from Costa Rica. In brief, birds are our passion, and we would love to help organize your birdwatching trip to Costa Rica. Volunteer reviewer for eBird in Costa Rica.

New Birding Site in Costa Rica: Snowcaps, Raptors and More!

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She also makes a mark with her small size, one of the smallest birds in Costa Rica. When you see a photo of a Snowcap, it’s easy to see why this species is a perennial top target for birding trips to Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica Snowcap

Costa Rica Opens! What About the Birding?

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Back in March, back when the world realized that a pandemic was happening and that it was spreading with tenacious unconscious determination, Costa Rica closed its borders. Visitors need to provide proof of health insurance approved by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health.

The Top 5 Avian Ambassadors of Costa Rica

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The Rufous-naped Wren is a very animated, common species in Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, this eye-catching extra sized goshawk of a bird is regular at many sites and seems easier to see in this small nation than many other parts of its range. Destinations Costa Rica

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.

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?

Lesser Known Places for Birding in Costa Rica- Mi Cafecito

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Birding in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without a fine cup of coffee (or two). Smooth, tasty, and rejuvenating, the beans grown in the volcanic soils of Costa Rica make some wonderful boost juice. Destinations Costa Rica

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.

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!

Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

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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. The post Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Scope? To Bring or Not to Bring on a Birding Trip to Costa Rica

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This one is a Lesser Violetear from Costa Rica. It’s easy to question bringing a scope, especially when taking a birding trip to Costa Rica because how often are you going to be looking at shorebirds? This is a Red-lored Parrot from northern Costa Rica.

Costa Rica?s Almost Endemic Trogon

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Crimson-fronted Parakeets- one of our city birds in Costa Rica. It’s not like when a birder is visiting Arizona and hoping for “the trogon” (aka Elegant Trogon ) because when a birder walks in Costa Rica, there are nine of these eye-catching beauties to look for.

Yard List Birding in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, official, enforced quarantine hasn’t happened yet. At the moment, thanks to the government getting serious about this darn thing earlier rather than later, the number of new cases per day in Costa Rica has been very much linear in nature.

A Cuckoo in Costa Rica Brings in the Birders

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12 species of cuckoos are on the Costa Rica bird list. Tortuguero- one of many excellent birding areas in Costa Rica. I can’t say the same for the other especially tough cuckoo in Costa Rica, the one and only Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (or RVG as I like to call it).

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.

High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia

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Costa Rica is a tropical country but it doesn’t have to be hot. To be honest, I shouldn’t downplay the lower temperatures of Costa Rica’s high elevations. The post High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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.

7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

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I don’t know if I can make these happen but I’m making some 2021 Costa Rica birding resolutions anyways! The more birds the better and there’s a lot to see in Costa Rica! Coming to Costa Rica? Birding Costa Rica

Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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A male Turquoise Cotinga from southern Costa Rica. As they make their incredible, biannual winged trek, they also pass through Costa Rica. Cliff Swallow , one of many million that migrated through Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica migration

Urban Nature Persists in San Joaquin, Heredia, Costa Rica, May 4th, 2021

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In birding circles, Costa Rica is better known for protected areas, quetzal tours, and glittering displays of hummingbirds than the things that fly in urban spots. I mean, who comes to Costa Rica to bird on city streets? Destinations 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. In Costa Rica’s Central Valley, the former denizens of moist tropical forest and brushy wetlands have had to adapt to a mosaic of agriculture, gardens, and wooded remnants mostly restricted to riparian zones. In Costa Rica, the Crimson-fronted Parakeet can nest in buildings and forages in a variety of fruiting trees.

Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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After all, Costa Rica is no small player on the world birding stage. The post Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica2021 is already well underway, are you birding?

Come to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica!

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Welcome back to the paradise of birding in the Arenal region of Costa Rica! We are proud to work with many of Costa Rica’s great birders like Juan Diego Vargas (Country Coordinator, eBird; Bird Guide, Lifer Nature Tours) and Patrick O’Donnell (renowned birder associated with 10,000 Birds). The post Come to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica! Destinations Birding Tourism Costa Rica Finca Luna Nueva

Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. Nevertheless, although Costa Rica might be a small place in terms of land area, it’s a mega place in terms of diverse habitats and subsequent biodiversity.

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

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.

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.

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A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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The post A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaThese are times of unfamiliar circumstances and in more ways than one.

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Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

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The post Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaThanks to steadfast advances in optics and digital cameras, bird photography has become quite the popular way to appreciate birds.

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Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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In Costa Rica, although we have some freedom of movement, most local birders are still watching from home, me included. The post Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaSpring migration!

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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! Belonging to the Caribbean foothills biome, Rancho Naturalista has the fourth longest eBird list among the hotspots of Costa Rica: 478 species, including 36 raptors and 38 hummingbirds. I found the snow in Costa Rica, the endemic Snowcap hummingbird, that is.

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.

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.

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. As with many areas in Latin America that boast humid tropical forest, Costa Rica has three species of hawk-eagles. This striking species used to be more regular in Costa Rica and was typically seen on any sunny day at the edge of rainforest.

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.

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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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

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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. However, the lack of cold doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own set of birding challenges in Costa Rica. Add 10 species to my Costa Rica list. Destinations Costa Rica

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