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Birding Experiences is a Costa Rican company owned and run by enthusiastic birdwatchers from Costa Rica. The name of our company reflects our goals and modus operandi because we know that the best birding trips are well-rounded birding experiences.

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).

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.

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. I savor the timeless experience of scanning these tropical waves for storm-petrels and lost jaegers. A Video of the Endemic and Near Endemic Birds of Costa Rica.

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

Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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While the jays did catch our attention by way of a smart crest and different shades of blue and gray punctuated by a black necklace and mascara, they were part of our common natural experience, their existence was taken for granted. 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. These are the six species that occur in Costa Rica: Yellow-throated Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii).

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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Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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This is why the Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles of summer don’t linger to experience October 31st, and even late fall migrants like kinglets and sparrows move to slightly warmer regions. Many of them come to Costa Rica because even when it rains, it never really gets cold this far south of the Tropic of Cancer. Surviving on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This might be partly why Halloween hasn’t taken hold in Costa Rica.

How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica

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There would have been forest interior birding shortly thereafter followed by visits to wetlands, edge habitats, highland forests, and other places to finish off a grand Global Big Day in Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica

Six Months Birding in Costa Rica, 620 Species of Birds

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” During migration, I also see Eastern Wood-Pewees in Costa Rica. Living in Costa Rica, June is just as warm as the rest of the year. June in Costa Rica is the half-way point; when I figure out what I need to do, where I need to go to attain birding goals for the rest of the year. Trips to these out of the way sites in the southern part of Costa Rica are essential for a 700 species Big Year. Destinations big year Costa Rica

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An Absolute Beginner in Costa Rica

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I have just returned from Costa Rica, the country about which I knew very little, despite it coming under my radar all the way back in 1999 when the “Africa – Birds & Birding” magazine published some of John Graham’s experiences from his visit in 1993. But, living in the Western Balkans, Costa Rica – and the entire New World – seemed not 14 hours of flight, but more like 14 light years away. Costa Rica, here I come! Trips bird race Costa Rica

Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of those places. One of my favorite birding shirts from Costa Rica, this was from a Christmas Count near Sam Ramon and yes, Speckled Tanagers were seen. Fortunately, they were able to extract themselves to eventually get the highest total for the day in Costa Rica, 230 plus species. It helped that I had formulated a worthy itinerary based on far too many calculations that factored in past experiences, logistics, and eBird data.

The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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Although it’s feasible and fairly easy to see Great Tinamou at some sites in Costa Rica, in most other places, the time investment needed to see one usually relegates it to the “heard only” category. In defense of target birding, in most cases, sacrificing sightings of other species isn’t even necessary to see our “most wanted” As is often the case in Costa Rica and elsewhere, the rare species are found in the birdiest, high quality habitats.

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The “Turkeys” of Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, although I did spend a memorable one years ago in the Osa Peninsula where flocks of parrots flew into the mangroves while we feasted on turkey, pie, and the works, we have no actual Wild Turkeys , nor an official Thanksgiving. The turkeys I’m talking about up in here are three of the five members of the Cracidae family that occur in Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, it’s pretty common and easy to see in and near just about any protected forest.

Counting Birds in the Cloud Forests of Coronado, Costa Rica

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Northern Emerald Toucanets in Costa Rica are sometimes considered a separate species known as the Blue-throated Toucanet. We can expect to hear the cheerful rollicking notes of the Gray-breasted Wood-Wren , and in Costa Rica, the wren is joined by the chattering of Costa-Rican Warblers and the plaintive whistles of Collared Trogons while Black-faced Solitaires and Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrushes compete for the prize given to the bird with the best song.

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.

A Hummingbird Quest in Costa Rica

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Yes, the time had come to see how many of Costa Rica’s hummingbird species we could find, and we had two days to work with. This oh so awesome endeavor was apparently somewhat inspired by a blog post I had written that toyed with the idea of doing a hummingbird big day in Costa Rica. Shetland Island birder, guide, and nature writer Jon Dunn saw the post, had a chance to come down to Costa Rica for a weekend, and the hummingbird quest was on!

Aplomado Twitch in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, we don’t get many chances to chase birds. Most times, because they don’t usually stick to one spot, you can’t really twitch the super rare residents and since they live in Costa Rica all year long, I’m not so sure if they fall into the twitchable category anyways. Given our lack of twitchable birds, lately, birders in Costa Rica have been especially pleased to be graced with the presence of a major, honest to goodness twitch.

Bird Migration and Conservation Meet at Selva Bananito, Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, October is our May. Most of them fly on the Caribbean side, especially along the coast south of Limon, and that’s why I guided the Birding Club of Costa Rica down that way this past weekend. Here are some highlights and observations of that very birdy weekend at Selva Bananito: There are a lot of pewees that pass through Costa Rica : Based on past experiences of pewee mania, I already knew this to be the case but this trip really took the cake.

Tips for Rainy Season Birding in Costa Rica

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It rains a lot in Costa Rica. Yes, we do have a dry season but that only holds sway in certain parts of Costa Rica, and then there are those places that seem to be perpetually wet. Typical conditions when birding wet rainforest in Costa Rica. Sure, you can diminish that feeling of “arghhh” by sticking to dry season visits but since those months are the wettest ones on the Caribbean slope, you might as well get used to the rain in Costa Rica.

The Beauty of Tropical Birdiness in Arenal, Costa Rica

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I suppose “birdiness” means something along the lines of “a major state of, or high quality of numbers of birds”, or, in the birding vernacular, “lots of birds to look at”, or in some circles, maybe even “serious twitchamania” In any case, I start off my mentioning this new addition to verbal and written communication because it seems to be the best way to describe birding around Arenal, Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica

Quality Birds at Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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Whatever the case, there are some serious quality birds lurking in the wetlands and woodlands of Cano Negro, Costa Rica. Cano Negro is one of Costa Rica’s two largest wetlands. When the rains fall on Tenorio Volcano (like, most of the time), that precipitation eventually combines to form streams that meet rivers that eventually make their way to the lowland plains in northern Costa Rica. Looking for a few quality birds in Costa Rica?

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. That’s how important the lifer experience is and I suspect most other birders who started out young feel the same. However, it was also one that I never expected to see in Costa Rica. Why visit the beaches of Costa Rica now?

Hummingbirds in Costa Rica Love the Rain

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Eddy Rabbitt sang about loving a rainy night but in Costa Rica, hummingbirds love a rainy day. Despite spending my fair share of soggy birding days in the tropics, I hadn’t realized just how much hummingbirds do love the rain until a recent experience at the Catarata del Toro , central Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica hummingbird feeders hummingbirds

A Guide to Some Possible Bird Species Splits in Costa Rica

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Birders head to Costa Rica to see stunners like Resplendent Quetzal , Three-wattled Bellbird , Orange-collared Manakin , fancy hummingbirds , tanagers, and literally hundreds of other birds. This bunch of possible Costa Rican crypto birds can be grouped into four main categories: (1). A species that lives in both Costa Rica and South America but might be two separate species. (3). Two subspecies of the same species that differ within Costa Rica. (4).

Photogenic Birding in San Vito, Costa Rica

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I reside in Costa Rica, the country is roughly the same size as West Virginia, but I rarely make it to some parts of this birdy nation. The combination of volcanic and seismic topography is pleasing to the eye but it adds a fair bit of travel time to the birding commute, and I guess that’s pretty much the thing that has kept me from doing much birding around the Costa Rica/Panama border region of San Vito. Destinations Costa Rica

Mini-Pelagic Birding in Costa Rica at Puntarenas

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Costa Rica borders two oceans. There are no pelagic trips” That ironic pseudo-haiku almost sums up pelagic birding in Costa Rica. I wish I was one of those fortunate folks but as luck would have it, the main semi-pelagic trip that does happen in Costa Rica is also one of the easiest boat rides you will ever take. Destinations Trips Costa Rica pelagic birdingThe country has a healthy list of pelagic species.

Big Day Birding in Costa Rica- Strategies and Constraints

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Witnessing the Champions of the Flyway race, seeing social media coverage of the World Series of Birding, participating in the Global Big Day, and doing my own on April 24th has got me thinking about strategies for better Big Days in Costa Rica. That said, last fall, all of the right parts fell into place for Ernesto Carman and Jairo Jimenez on October 15th when they identified 351 species in Costa Rica in less than 24 hours ! competitions big day Costa Rica

When a Ring-billed Gull is a Rarity- Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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Although the bird in question wasn’t the major, mega target known as a Crested Eagle , Robert Dean, the illustrator and co-author of “The Birds of Costa Rica, A Field Guide” still shared my jubilation at seeing none other than a Ring-billed Gull. That or Albuquerque… Yeah, we were pretty happy to see a bird often referred to as a “rat with wings” (by non-birders of course) because it doesn’t usually vacation in Costa Rica.

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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

Visit the Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

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The Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica has a rich history as a birding-friendly eco-lodge. This also makes the Arenal Observatory Lodge an ideal location for wildlife observation in Costa Rica.

Ten Highlights from Birding in Costa Rica, 2018

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In Costa Rica, we know it by way of windy nights with clear skies, slightly cooler temperatures, and an abundance of festivities featuring carnie rides, prancing horses, and parades. Other reminders of December in Costa Rica are palm trees festooned with Christmas lights, an abundance of annual bird counts, and sightings of winter birds like gulls, ducks, and a scattering of Yellow-rumped Warblers. New Birds for Costa Rica. Destinations 2018 Costa Rica

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The Little Big Year: Week 40 – Last week in CR, and The Quetzal!

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Our trip to Costa Rica has come to an end, and sadly, it ended with one of the best weeks of birding in the entire year. There is no way this week could have been as excellent as it was without a huge amount of help from the Costa Rica Birders and their “network”. I have to send out a huge Thank You to 10000 Birds Beat Writer in Costa Rica, Patrick O’Donnell for all his help in our planning as well as providing some amazing contacts.

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Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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21%: Costa Rica. The high position of Costa Rica comes as no surprise and yet, with more than one fifth of the total votes, I was a bit surprised how strong its 1st place is. Interestingly, the respondents felt no need to further elaborate why, presuming that everyone knows why they should bird Costa Rica. Trips Africa Australia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador New Guinea Panama Peru world birdwatch

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Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

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In addition to Spanish, several other languages continue to be spoken, the pines and cypress trees of the Guatemalan highlands only occur as introduced species once you travel south of Nicaragua, and dozens of bird species that occur in Costa Rica and Panama don’t even make it to Nicaragua. Recently, I was witness to the differences in birding between the northern part of this region and Costa Rica during a week of guiding in Guatemala.

How to See 300 Bird Species in 3 Days

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It’s all good in the birding hood no matter where one raises the bins but in Costa Rica, it’s easy to get spoiled by diversity. Recently, while guiding ABA 2017 Big Year winner Yve Nagy Morrell in Costa Rica for a handful of days, we found ourselves trying for just a few more. That’s also no surprise for Costa Rica because this bio-rich country has the benefit of easy access to multiple bird-rich habitats within a small area.

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Finca Luna Nueva Lodge: Biodynamic, Bird-rich Ecolodge

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Costa Rica led the charge long ago to define what ecotourism could really look like. What then does it take for an ecolodge to bring something fresh and new to the current array of Costa Rican destinations? That experience along with additional opportunities to explore the property with guide Ismael Torres established what we expected all along: Finca Luna Nueva is very birdy with a reserve list of over 240 species. Destinations Costa Rica eco-lodge Finca Luna Nueva

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Come@Me: Hummingbirds are Jerks

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Fighting, bickering, and more fighting – I think it’s safe to say that most of us experience enough of arguing, fighting, and other awful toxic behaviors to not need any more of it in our lives. Sigh… Inspiration Come@me Costa RicaHummingbirds. Those lovely feathered sprites that visit our gardens, feeders, and even take part in adorable bathing practices on odd, red vases. So easy to love, admire and cherish!

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Band-backed Wren Antics

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Yeah, unreliable in terms of which species you might see, but reliable in always giving you a unique, high quality birding experience in a forest jam-packed with life. Not really, but every post about birds in Costa Rica should have at least one picture of a colorful bird. During the 90s, an encounter with this species in Costa Rica wouldn’t have been a surprise at all. Birds Costa Rica wren

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What is a Sabrewing in the Hand Worth?

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My contemplation of this creaky avifaunal aphorism is prompted by my recent trip to Costa Rica. The Cocina boasted hearty Costa Rican cuisine, but its real attraction was a collection of busy hummingbird feeders situated right by the front door. But Patrick would NEVER so much as tweak a feather of a bird even to enhance a birding experience (right, Pat?) Trips Costa Rica features hummingbirds Mesoamerica sabrewings

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Pat’s Top Ten Bird Species from Costa Rica, 2016

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It was new for my country list, is a rare migrant in Costa Rica, and we saw maybe one of the biggest flocks recorded in recent history at the shorebird hotspot of Chomes. This big old nightjar migrates through and winters in Costa Rica but finding one is always unexpected. After a 100 years of not being documented in Costa Rica, one finally had the common sense to show up right at the birding hot spot of Rancho Naturalista!

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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. This year, visiting Niagara Falls until January 6th gave me the chance to experience a bit of both latitudes. Birding Costa Rica year listAnother year, another list.

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Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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It was a fun month with posts from places as varied as Greece and Uganda, Costa Rica and India. Costa Rica. Birding Experiences. We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides.