Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide–A Book Review

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Some odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) are included in Costa Rica nature guides, but there are hundreds of these beautiful creatures flying around the diverse habitats of Costa Rican and there has not been a guide devoted just to them till now.

How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica

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However, fortunately for birders in Costa Rica, we also have an important wood-warbler hotspot. Ernesto and another local guide and ornithologist, Juan Diego Vargas, have theorized that Las Brisas might be situated at a strategic point where Ceruleans and other migrants make their first stop after flying from another important stopover point in Belize and Guatemala because more seem to be seen at Las Brisas than other sites with similar habitats in Costa Rica.

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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).

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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

Highlights and Quotes from Costa Rica During the Global Big Day

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Although I could have spent a morning birding at one of my favorite sites in Costa Rica, I couldn’t just settle for that. Rufous-winged Woodpecker – one of the many forest-based birds in Costa Rica. If enough rare birds are heard, you just might break a record, and since I know that getting the world record (even the new 35o plus one) is possible in Costa Rica, I can’t help but try and go for the avian twitching gold.

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Little Big Year-Week 39: The southern coast in Costa Rica

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Our second week here in Costa Rica has certainly seen a great increase in the amount of rain. We were able to get in about 2 hours with Abner the next day, before heading off to the southern end of Costa Rica. A quick reminder that this was Costa Rica came when we got to our lodge, and found it was very much buried deep in a coastal form of jungle. Costa Rica species – 273.

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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. These researchers preferred this property for their research due to its close proximity to the Arenal Volcano and resplendent natural environment.

2014 Arenal Bird Count

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When the proprietors of Costa Rica’s Finca Luna Nueva Lodge graciously invited Corey and me to visit, we were both thrilled at the prospect of awesome Costa Rican birds at an amazing ecolodge. Costa Rican birders are clearly up to the task, because the Annual Arenal Bird Count stood out as one of the best organized and attended bird counts I’ve ever seen. And umbrellas too… early December in Costa Rica’s Caribbean lowlands is very, very wet.

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Band-backed Wren Antics

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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. Decline in abundance of arthropods correlated with less precipitation and subsequent decline in insectivores in Costa Rica? Looking for a research project? Birds Costa Rica wren

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Christmas Counting in Arenal, Costa Rica

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Although this tradition started in the temperate zone, we also celebrate it in Costa Rica with counts that are more like organized events featuring vendors, talks, sponsors, and, best of all, an awesome birding tee-shirt. White-fronted Nunbirds : These coral-beaked rainforest birds are always a highlight when birding in Costa Rica. This research station protects a large area of intact foothill rainforest connected to the bigger Arenal-Monteverde forest block.

The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds–A Hummer Book Review

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His guides include our own Patrick O’Donnell, who leads Dunn on a quest to see as many hummingbird species as possible across Costa Rica in just two days, an adventure described in his 2015 post “ A Hummingbird Quest in Costa Rica.”)

The Blackbird that is a Meadowlark – Red-breasted Blackbird in Trinidad

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It was on the island of Trinidad, at the Aripo Agricultural Research Station, where all of these photographs were taken. You can also find Red-breasted Blackbirds in Costa Rica and Panama and south to Peru and Brazil. Considering that they only recently colonized Costa Rica and have since been spotted in Nicaragua, it seems that there will be Red-breasted Blackbirds for a long time to come, good news for fans of brilliant birds! Blackbirds are blackbirds.

Get Ready for Global Shorebird Counting!

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Though researchers who mind eBird data will no doubt benefit from these data.) Such as Chomes, Costa Rica, photographed above by Patrick O’Donnell). Clear your calendar for September 4-6! That’s when thousands of people worldwide will head out to a beach near them for Global Shorebird Counting. It’s part of World Shorebirds Day (celebrated annually Sep. 6), which raises awareness of the perils threatening shorebirds and the need to protect them and their habitats.

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How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity: A Book Review by a Non-Science Person

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Futuyma is a synthesis of theory and research about evolution and birds. The figures and tables are part of the text, ranging from two to six per chapter, and illustrate the concepts and research explained in the text, often derived from the source research articles.

The Bird Way: A Book Review

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A logical and outstanding successor to The Genius of Birds (2016), Ackerman’s award-winning book about bird cognition, The Bird Way explores the diversity of bird behavior, the norm and the extremes, with an emphasis on cutting-edge research and findings that explode assumptions.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. The Bibliography lists 677 articles and books, mostly articles, from ornithological literature, a record of the research that went into this volume. Press, 1989); A Guide to the Birds to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, 2nd ed. ,

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A new genus for Calliope Hummingbird, the ‘little star’

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My friend Erik Johnson and I recently visited the home of Dr. Jeff Harris — a birder and research entomologist — who has up to six different species visiting his feeders each day this season. Ringer Volcano Hummingbird , Selasphorus flammula , in Costa Rica © David J. Hummingbirds are one of the joys of wintertime birding here in Louisiana.

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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I am thinking of a relatively stable/prosperous bird-paradise where one may be able to find a job in ecotourism or wildlife research… or, to begin with, as a resident environmental scientist / nature blogger in some wildlife lodge? While there is a lot left to be done when it comes to research and nature protection in many tropical countries, there are not that many jobs in that line of work, and ecotourism seem to be the industry of choice. Costa Rica (857 / 903).

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Dawn in South Carolina

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At dawn, my feet hit one of the protected beaches with Wendy Allen, the manager of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of the science and outreach organizations working within Hobcaw. She also had amazing stories of birding in Belize and Costa Rica, and we swapped favorite birding tales during the 2.5 Near the turn of the 20th century, wealthy influencer Bernard Baruch bought coastal property in South Carolina.

The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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When I was doing some very quick, last minute research on the area, a photo of the beautiful Pied-imperial Pigeon popped up on one of the eBird.org pages. One of the more common birds when we were in Costa Rica, the Bananaquit popped up in a couple of the locations we birded while in the Bahamas. We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas.

What’s in a Name: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

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There was only a Beardless-Tyrannulet (or Flycatcher) until someone noticed that Costa Rica contained two similar but distinct, non-interbreeding populations of the birds. Also, in the course of my research I came across a website claiming that the collective noun for a group of Beardless-Tyrannulets is a “shaving”, but out of simple decency I will conceal their shame.

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Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

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Patrick has had his share of sightings in Costa Rica as well. Species Accounts vary greatly in length, from nine pages for Undulated Antpitta to two pages for Alta Floresta Antpitta, length depending not only on how much we know about the bird but also Greeney’s tendency to thoroughly discuss, even argue, any kind of confusion in documentation, taxonomy, or research results. Many of these accounts include unpublished information from Greeney’s own research.

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Little Big Year – Week 36: Southern New Mexico hotspots.

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Most of the time, I know enough about an area, or have done some research into what is found there, that I am pleasantly surprised at best. In about 10 days, we leave for our last (at least up to now) out of the US trip, with 21 days scheduled in Costa Rica. Rarely am I caught too off guard, when it comes to visiting a National Refuge. Not so with our visit to Bosque de Apache NWR in southern New Mexico.

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Will parrots and falcons soon be moved around in your field guide?

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Oh yes, change is a-comin’ Crimson-fronted Parakeet ( Aratinga finschi ), Moravia, Costa Rica © David J. The SACC will have to determine whether they believe there’s strong enough evidence to make these changes now, or whether to wait for additional published research before making such significant sequence changes. Here’s a prediction: Parrots , falcons , and seriemas are on their way to new positions in your checklists and, eventually, field guides.

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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The accounts vary in length from two to six pages, and are well illustrated with photographic images by Ryan Phillips of the Belize Raptor Research Institute and a group of 40 photographers from the United States and Central America. Raptors of Mexico and Central America is an outstanding identification guide, a book of well-thought-out design, carefully researched illustration, beautiful photographs, and comprehensive expertise that fill a very specific geographic niche.

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Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

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Clearly, author Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, the author of 24, soon to be 25, children’s books, is also a birder (and a little research brings up a presentation she gave at Ogeechee Audubon, Georgia with the biographical information and she and her family “love watching birds and wildlife seen near their lagoon on Skidaway Island.” It’s never too late or too early to buy a children’s book about birds.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East: A Field Guide Review

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Press in 2009), active participation in the Dragonfly Society of the Americas and leading dragonfly trips to Costa Rica and, hopefully this summer, Panama. I know from experience how accessible Dennis is, last year he helped me identify a damselfly I photographed in Costa Rica (Argia anceps, no common name). We now interrupt all talk about birds and migration to consider dragonflies. And damselflies.

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I and the Bird #147: IATB SAT

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Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge in Costa Rica (C) a cacophonous. Even better, US college alums should research the test scores their alma maters currently ask for from prospective students; rampant competition at every tier has turned last generation’s safety schools to this year’s reach schools. As you might surmise, I spend an inordinate amount of time every day thinking about both birding and blogging. Perhaps we’re alike in that.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station in Toronto had an extremely rare and beautiful Townsend’s Warbler x Black-throated Gray Warbler which was banded in April. 2012 was one of my best years for birding in Costa Rica. On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year.

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Polygynandry and avian swingers

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While studying, he also worked on various conservation/research projects (parrots, wagtails, vultures, and anything else that flew) and ringed thousands of birds. Dale studied scarlet macaws, and worked in their conservation, for three years in southern Costa Rica, followed by a year in the Caribbean working on Whale Sharks.

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Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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My first tropical birding trip was to Costa Rica when I was 8 and the Jabiru was at the top of my list even then, but sadly none were encountered.

The Feathery Tribe: A Book Review

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He created and named 1115 colors, devised a way to create color swatches that did not discolor or fade, and self-published the book with funding from Costa Rican naturalist José Zeledón. Early issues of The Auk and The Condor, the ornithological bulletin of the Cooper Ornithological Club, are available free online through SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive) and copies of Ornithologist and Oologist are available free through Google Books.

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A scaredy cat is always a scaredy cat

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Now this, might not sound like anything of particular ground-breaking significance, but in the context of animal personality research, it is a fairly big thing. Whilst working on Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica , I had the pleasure of having Katherine Herbourn assist with some of the field work we were doing. While studying, he also worked on various conservation/research projects (parrots, wagtails, vultures, and anything else that flew) and ringed thousands of birds.

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Best Bird of the Year for 2015

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At least in the northeastern United States, their rate of so doing is high, according to research I summarized here. Patrick got a very good bird for Costa Rica as his Best Bird of the Year…though the circumstances made it bittersweet. However, all that changed when I saw a species that was both a long-awaited lifer and a very rare vagrant for Costa Rica. Arctic Tern is a good bird in lots of places, Costa Rica among them!

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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9 beats contributed 140 checklists from 8 countries (USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Bahamas, Costa Rica, India and Serbia) through December which accounted for 829 species, bolstering the year list (comprising checklists from 27 countries), which finished at 2259 from 1861 shares and brings the life total to 3567 ( 48 countries and 4742 checklists) up from 3272 in December 2017. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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Tom and Pat were toe to toe in Costa Rica , so the numbers from there outshone anything else on the list for November, with over 60% of the month’s total shared between them. They birded 6 countries; USA, UK, Costa Rica, Serbia, Australia, and Mexico. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa’s Hummingbird – Calypte costae. Hopland Research and Extension Center (restricted access).

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. During October, 7 countries (Costa Rica, Australia, USA, India, Hong Kong, UK, Serbia) were birded by 11 beats who shared 135 checklists and noted 697 species. In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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9 beats shared 100 checklists from 8 countries (Costa Rica, USA, UK, Brazil, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Australia. In an unusual turnaround during September, more birds were seen in USA than in Costa Rica. The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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April’s number are below; 11 countries were visited by 9 beats; Australia, USA, UK, India, Serbia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil, New Zealand and Argentina. Hopland Research and Extension Center (restricted access). Redgannet added another splash of colour to the collective profile by falling asleep on a boat and waking up in Uruguay , the 44th country to feature in the list.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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During March, 11 beats shared 122 checklists to accumulate 680 species from 8 countries; USA, Costa Rica, Serbia, India, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Japan. Costa Rican Swift – Chaetura fumosa. Costa Rican Warbler – Basileuterus melanotis. Hopland Research and Extension Center (restricted access). Hopland Research and Extension Center (restricted access). Hopland Research and Extension Center (restricted access).

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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. Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia. Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia. 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. International Birding and Research Center Eilat (IBRCE). 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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