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.

A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica

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One of the quandaries of birding in Costa Rica is deciding where to go birding. Costa Rica’s small size, ease of access and massive avian diversity promises a wealth of birds in many places. As for birding in Costa Rica, until a teleporter is invented, we have to decide whether to bird in the lowlands or the highlands, or on the wet Caribbean slope or the Pacific. With shorebirds on my mind, the other day, we opted for birding at Punta Morales.

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.

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. Black-bellied Plover – Pluvialis squatarola; Punta Morales, 10-Jan. Wilson’s Plover – Charadrius wilsonia; Punta Morales, 10-Jan. Destinations Costa Rica

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Duck Quest in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is known for its quetzales, many hummingbirds, beautiful tanagers, and a host of other tropical birdies not found back at the home patch. That’s of course why most birders visit Costa Rica and rightly so. I need lots of cloud forest birds for the year and love hanging out in that oxygen-rich habitat but I also need ducks and in Costa Rica, most of those old web-footed ones are local, rare, and only possible a few months out of the year.

A Shorebird Search in Costa Rica, Late April

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Shorebirds are part of the avian scene in Costa Rica, pretty much all year long. Even more pass through Costa Rica during spring and fall migration, and in summer, you can cross paths with an errant Whimbrel and other shorebirds that opt to extend the vacation in Costa Rica rather than heading way north to the boggy breeding grounds. Those birds are out there, even in Costa Rica, and I bet more are waiting to be found.

Highlights from Costa Rica, Global Bird Weekend, 2020

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Those wishes came true with the inauguration of the October GBD and just as we had hoped, in Costa Rica, we saw many of the migrants that tend to leave our shores by May. In the meantime, these are some of the highlights from Costa Rica: Good Coverage.

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The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

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Costa Rica Totals: 351. It just would not have been possible with our her determination, organization, foreign language skills, money management, incredible bird spotting ability (even at 70+ MPH) and her moral support that kept me going when I was at my most tired. Susana Blanco Susana.cotinga@gmail.com Birding BNB coordinator in Costa Rica. Chris Fischer – World Birder, Costa Rica and US. Abner at the Haliconias Skybridges, Biagua , Costa Rica.

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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 – 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 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. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. 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. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas.

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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. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Costa Rican Brushfinch – Arremon costaricensis. Costa’s Hummingbird – So that was May.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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April was a busy time for the beats with 10 of them contributing 164 lists to accumulate 744 species from 7 countries; Costa Rica, USA, Australia, Serbia, UK, Brazil and Barbados. It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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9 countries were visited during March by your tireless beats ( 11 of them); India, UK, USA, Serbia, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Are we all getting excited yet?

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Collaborative List – April 2017

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9 countries/territories/special administrative areas/principalities/kingdoms were represented in April’s statistics; Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, United States, Serbia, Hong Kong, Panama, Kuwait and UK. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae. Punta Morales–UNA Station (ECMAR). It worked!

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Collaborative List – August 2017

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9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico. Punta Morales–Cocorocas salinas. They submitted 144 checklists, noting 628 species adding 72 to the year’s running total bringing it to 1890. The western hemisphere’s pasting last year has been reversed as it currently out-scores the eastern hemisphere by 1210 to 746.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Contributions this month have come from; Costa Rica, USA, Australia, Mexico, Serbia, South Africa, UK, Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h.

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Combined Beats’ list

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During last month, beat lists have been shared from Mexico, Australia, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Russia, UK, Canada and USA. April was a good month for the list with a couple of our big–hitters weighing in to boost the numbers and The Management engaged in a beat recruitment drive in a cynical attempt to swell the catalogue. As at May 7th, the total stands at 1661 with the main thrust of the migration still to come.

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