Striking Gold in Costa Rica

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The birding in Costa Rica is always golden but some days, you really do strike gold. Last week in Costa Rica, I had the great fortune of finding some of that avian treasure, on this occasion, a Pacific Golden-Plover in the small coastal city of Puntarenas.

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.

Frontiers in Costa Rica Birding

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Costa Rica has long been one of the more frequently visited global birding hotspots. Stable, easy to visit, and with lots of accessible habitats, its easy to see why many birders have opted to visit Costa Rica on several occasions. Destinations Costa Rica

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. Destinations Costa Rica

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.

A Guide to Easy Birding in Costa Rica at Cinchona

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Birding is adventurous indeed but it doesn’t have to be, not even in far off, incredibly birdy Costa Rica. While birding in Costa Rica can be as adventurous as a birder wants, most take a much easier route and why not? Destinations Costa Rica

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does Choco Screech-Owl Occur in Costa Rica?

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In Costa Rica, since the Official Checklist Committee (something I take part in) tends to follow changes made to the official AOS list, we decided to follow suit and include Choco Screech-Owl on the country list. Because it might also occur in southern Costa Rica.

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.

What do Tennesee Warblers Do in Costa Rica?

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Costa Rica? If you are headed to Costa Rica for birding from now until March, you will probably see more than a few of these small, plainish, Palearctic Warblerish birdies. Typical Tennessee Warbler wintering habitat in Costa Rica. Tennessee Warblers?

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.

Quality Lowland Caribbean Birding in Costa Rica at Centro Manu

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Go to Costa Rica and you will be looking at other birds but you can still get in some Caribbean slope birding. In birding circles, we refer to the northern and eastern part of Costa Rica as the Caribbean Slope. Destinations Costa Rica

First Bird of the Year in Costa Rica

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Having successfully raced to identify more than 700 species in Costa Rica during the final days of 2021 , I suppose I more or less took January 1st off. Yes, those ar e the standard pigeons in much of Costa Rica, especially around here. Destinations Costa Rica

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?

Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley

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Even better, this site near San Ramon, Costa Rica is almost too accessible. The post Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa RicaQuetzal Valley ! Does such a place really exist?

A Morning of High Quality Birding on Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica

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These are the days of high quality birding and in Costa Rica, they tend to happen on Irazu Volcano. The 11,000 foot volcano isn’t the only place to connect with high quality birding in Costa Rica but it is one of the easier places to see a number of uncommon and rare species.

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.

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.

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.

The Uncommon Demise of a Wood Thrush in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, they can take the form of everything from toucans (think crows with giant shark inspired beaks) to herons and monkeys. It was created by Jose (aka Cope ), a talented, salf-taught Costa Rican artist and naturalist who lives in the Caribbean lowlands of his birdy nation.

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

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

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.

Highlights from a Cancelled Pelagic Trip in Costa Rica

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It depends on what a birder wants to see and in Costa Rica, there’s always a lot to choose from. They might be regular in South Texas but not in Costa Rica. On our fateful day, this rare vagrant for Costa Rica perched on a nearby ferry for wonderful views.

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

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.

What I Learned in Costa Rica from October Global Big Day, 2021

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Here’s some of what I learned and was reminded of from an October 9th of birds in Costa Rica: Major Birding Doesn’t Stop During a Pandemic. This is an excellent total of bird species identified in Costa Rica for one calendar day.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

700 Year Birds in Costa Rica?- Coming Into the Home Stretch for 2021

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In Costa Rica, I’m not doing any racing nor going for any records but I have been keeping track of my year birds and yeah, I really would like to break 700 for 2021. When going for 700 year birds in Costa Rica, Cano Negro may be essential. 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.

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.

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