Costa Rica on a relaxed birding pace

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As some of you know, I almost made it to the Birdwatching Bliss 2021 fam trip to Costa Rica, but got sick a day or two ahead of the trip and had to cancel my participation. Costa Rica is synonymous with many things, and birding is clearly one of them.

Looking for Lost Warblers at Parque Rio Loro, Costa Rica

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The Olive-crowned Yellowthroat is one of Costa Rica’s resident wood-warbler species. In Costa Rica, those would be the wood-warblers that do a lot more wintering in the southern USA and the Caribbean than in southern Central America.

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.

Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

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Blue flanks, black chest, yellow head… I am in the birders’ heaven called Rancho Naturalista Lodge in Costa Rica and am observing my first Golden-hooded Tanager of the trip. While I already visited Costa Rica once, I do not feel overly-confident with its birds.

Another Bird Surprise for Costa Rica- Buff-collared Nightjar!

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As far as countries go, Costa Rica is at the smaller end of the spectrum. We might have limited space but we make up for it with a massive amount of biodiversity including well over 900 bird species on the official Costa Rica bird list.

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

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.

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.

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

Birding in Costa Rica, August, 2022- News and Recommendations

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Having lived in Costa Rica for several years, I recall those glorious August days in the 80s and can say that yes, it is rather like August, all year long. Differences exist but August in Niagara is much closer to Costa Rica than a Niagara November.

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.

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.

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.

I’ll fly tonight to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica

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Tonight I’m going to fly to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica, to reset and restart at Rancho Naturalista. This lodge has the longest checklist among the eBird hotspots of Costa Rica – over 55 % of the nation’s total, including about 40 hummingbirds.

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.

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

Rarely Seen Costa Rica Birds That Aren’t Rare

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Once you get to Costa Rica, you’ll already know those birds so well, it will be like meeting distant family members and famous folks for the very first time.Over and over! In Costa Rica, these bird species are far from impossible to see but you will need some luck.

What’s Next at the Juan Santamaria Aiport in Costa Rica? A Pipit? A Wagtail?

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White-tailed Kite in action- a classic airport species in Costa Rica. Although Costa Rica is noted for tropical forests and their subsequent wealth of birds and biodiversity, us local birders also have our own, out of the way habitat hotspots.

Spectacled Petrel Surprise- New Species for Costa Rica!

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Despite what some outdated sources claim, the list of bird species reported for Costa Rica is much more than 860. The same can be said for Costa Rica’s first Red-breasted Merganser , a species first documented for the nation in 2020. Destinations 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Urban Birding in Costa Rica- Benefits of Brushy Fields and Coffee Farms

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Costa Rica is more than cloud forest with mega worthy quetzals, more than rainforest with fancy Keel-billed Toucans and luscious Green Honeycreepers. Not a huge number, especially compared to forest communities, but still enough to make the birding in Costa Rica interesting.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.