Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley

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Of the 6 species of quetzal, the one that lives in the cloud forests of Central America usually gets the “most spectacular” badge. And yes, this species lives in Quetzal Valley, a place that actually does exist! Destinations Costa RicaQuetzal Valley !

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.

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.

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.

February Birds from Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, February is a different birding story. It’s also the high season for birding and with good reason; there are hundreds of birds waiting to be seen, some of them migrants from the north but the majority resident tropical species that are easy on the eyes.

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.

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!

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.

Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

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Even photos of the rarest of birds can be found, even heart-wrenching images of bird species that are no longer with us. Species like the Gyrfalcon , the aerial powerhouse of the tundra, of stunning, breeding-plumaged May warblers. Destinations Costa Rica toucans trogons

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

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.

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.

How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

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In the Amazon, many more species are accepted as normal, everyday birds including potoos with haunting calls, flocks of screeching parakeets, and dozens of other fantastic birds too loud in voice or plumage to be ignored. Destinations Costa Rica Sunbitterns

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. Based on population estimates and migration routes, yes, millions, and for some species, many millions!

Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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After all, Costa Rica is no small player on the world birding stage. We have nearly 930 species on the official list and with some effort, 700 in a year is a feasible goal. The post Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Come to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica!

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Welcome back to the paradise of birding in the Arenal region of Costa Rica! More than 450 species have been recorded within the Arenal area, and over 250 bird species have been recorded on our private reserve alone. A Luna Nueva bird list has been developed by Juan Diego Vargas & Mirna Salas, both professional birding guides, which describes where you can find species of interest on the property. The post Come to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica!

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. Nevertheless, although Costa Rica might be a small place in terms of land area, it’s a mega place in terms of diverse habitats and subsequent biodiversity.

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

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.

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. Those would be migrants like Red-eyed Vireos, Swainson’s Thrushes, Scarlet Tanagers , Blackburnian Warblers , and Eastern Kingbirds along with less common species like the sublime Cerulean Warbler. The birding community in Costa Rica is also psyched by the passage of shorebirds, thousands of which move through the country.

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. Although Bobolinks are a very rare migrant, lots of other birds are possible, more than enough to rack up hundreds of species over the course 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.

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A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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They help me start the day, make a beautiful new beginning to each morning and even if many are the same species as the previous day, I am thankful for their presence. The post A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Ric

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Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

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Small birds can also come to the feeder including honeycreepers, Plain-colored Tanager , saltators and other species. The post Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Destinations Costa Rica

The Benefits of Pre-Dawn Birding in Costa Rica

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Situated well off the beaten track and at the end of long, bumpy roads, Cangreja National Park is one of the less frequently visited protected areas in Costa Rica. The post The Benefits of Pre-Dawn Birding in Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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Now is when we can venture into the closest park and see birds of the deep woods, species that breed far from town. In Costa Rica, although we have some freedom of movement, most local birders are still watching from home, me included. Destinations Costa Rica

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Starting the Year in Birding at Raptor Ridge, Costa Rica

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No strangers to wildlife observation and birding, this American/Tica couple have been publishing handy pocket field guides for Costa Rica and other places since the 1990s. We did just that and were treated to a parade of species both in front of and behind the house.

Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

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Whatever the reason for getting involved with this massive day of birding, every GBD has been a success where literally thousands of species are found by thousands of birders. I have been able to do that in Costa Rica because literally hundreds of bird species can be accessed in a question of hours. This year, October GBD happened on the 19th and Costa Rica was ready. After all of the lists came in, we ended up with a fantastic 716 species (!).

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Bird Counts and Cold Fronts in Costa Rica

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It doesn’t get cold in Costa Rica. That’s where Costa Rica is situated of course and is partly why so many birds live here. It’s par for the course in December, Costa Rica, and unfortunately, often coincides with our annual bird counts.

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Snow in Costa Rica!

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It was already dark in mid-October when we arrived to the Costa Rican birding mecca of Rancho Naturalista to have dinner on the veranda but then were interrupted with a call: There’s a Mottled Owl at the other side! Belonging to the Caribbean foothills biome, Rancho Naturalista has the fourth longest eBird list among the hotspots of Costa Rica: 478 species, including 36 raptors and 38 hummingbirds. Part three: The Scarlet Pacific of Costa Rica.

Colorful + Devious = Toucans of Costa Rica

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I think this is one of the reasons why so many people visiting Costa Rica want to see the bird with the big banana bill, some ask if you have seen “the toucan” Photos and field guides have shown them that these fantastic cartoonish birds do indeed exist and they have heard that a lot of visitors to Costa Rica see toucans. 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.

Hoping for Grasspipers in Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, sandpipers are locally known as “correlimos”, which to me sounds something along the lines of “little runners” and that sounds about right. They forage, rest, and preen right there on the open, bare ground, for some species, the more open and bare the better, especially so for the “grasspipers” Upland Sandpiper by gary.leavens. A rare turf farm in Costa Rica, one of the places where grasspipers have been seen in the past.

Hawk-Eagle Sweep in Costa Rica

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The tropical habitats of Costa Rica are home to a surprising number of raptor species. Although the country is around the same size as West Virginia, 39 species of diurnal raptors are on the list. As is often the case for tropical ecosystems, there may be hundreds of species of birds at a site, but many of them are naturally rare. In Costa Rica, this is the case for many raptors and is why fewer than expected are found during an average birding trip.

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. Watch that one and keep an eye on the others because all sorts of species can show at any time. Birding Destinations Costa Rica

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Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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This is my year list for 2020, the list of the bird species identified from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020. I don’t know what I will identify but since most or all will be in Costa Rica, there should be a lot. Destinations Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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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. Even so, warm, friendly weather can’t stop a birder from choosing Costa Rica’s best birds of Halloween. It was tough to pick out just one tanager species, many are downright stunning.

Resolutions for Birding in Costa Rica, 2019

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I actually really hope to see this bird in 2019 in Costa Rica. Living in warm Costa Rica, I no longer need to worry about venturing into the “frio extremo” to see a Pine Grosbeak or some errant gull. However, the lack of cold doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own set of birding challenges in Costa Rica. Find more sites for Ochre-breasted Antpitta and other uncommon species. Add 10 species to my Costa Rica list.

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Birding News from Costa Rica at the Start of the Pandemic

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As the pandemic suddenly gained speed and we saw our first cases in Costa Rica, we realized that we were in for some big changes. Folks can leave but they can’t come back and residents of Costa Rica who arrive after this date will be in for a two week quarantine.

How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica

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In our neck of the woods, marking Common Pauraque as the first species of the day, attempting to identify shorebirds in the dark of the night (not easy.), Restrictions in Costa Rica keep us from driving on Saturday and that’s why we are doing all of our birding from home.

In Costa Rica, Fall is our Spring

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It’s warm as always in Costa Rica but I know there’s a change of seasons up north. In Costa Rica, the seasons are changing as well, nothing like the drastic turn up north but changes nonetheless. One of many beautiful Baltimore Orioles in Costa Rica for the winter. Tennessee Warblers in Costa Rica prefer flowering trees in dry areas but a few also visit banana feeders. . Go birding in Costa Rica now until April.

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. The post A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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If a list also shows the status for each species, birders on their way to Costa Rica would realize that they shouldn’t really expect vireos with white eyes nor blue heads (but would hopefully know that they should very much report those species on eBird so local birders can chase them!). We have an official list for Costa Rica and, as with other lists, our’s is dynamic. The harrier that reaches Costa Rica is a rare but regular winter visitor.

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The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

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In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica. Our big month of bird movements in Costa Rica, the 10th month of the year, is when most of the swallows, Scarlet Tanagers , thrushes, and other species on the South American express push through. Some stop right in front of our place in the urbanized intermontane valley where the majority of Costa Ricans reside. What Scarlet Tanagers look like in October Costa Rica. Bird migration!

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