Mangrove Birds of Costa Rica

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The trees that occur, that thrive in such places are various species of mangroves and as is typical of so many other tropical microhabitats, mangrove forests have their own suite of birds. In Costa Rica, this former Clapper Rail is pretty local and only occurs in shorter, scrubby mangroves.

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.

Quality Lowland Caribbean Birding in Costa Rica at Centro Manu

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Go to Hispaniola and a birder has the pleasure of admiring two species of tody for the price of one, checking out the odd, mono familiar Palmchat , and listening to the parrotish calls of the White-necked Crow. Short-tailed Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Brown-capped Tyrannulet , and other species.

Grouse in PA, Grouse in Costa Rica

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Even so, he still knew many species and always yearned to learn about the wildlife he encountered. There were also grouse, the Ruffed Grouse , and like so many other species, it just seemed impossible that I would ever see one. Destinations 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.

700 Year Birds in Costa Rica?- Coming Into the Home Stretch for 2021

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That time when if you were keeping track of the bird species you had identified, and wanted to reach a certain number, you better come up with some strict birding strategies. As of today, with my year list standing at 664 species, I suppose I still do have a chance but only if I get moving!

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.

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 !

What I Learned in Costa Rica from October Global Big Day, 2021

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Similar to 2020, more than 32,000 people participated, 78,000 checklists were submitted, and more than 7,200 bird species were identified. Here’s some of what I learned and was reminded of from an October 9th of birds in Costa Rica: Major Birding Doesn’t Stop During a Pandemic.

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.

New Birding Site in Costa Rica: Snowcaps, Raptors and More!

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She also makes a mark with her small size, one of the smallest birds in Costa Rica. When you see a photo of a Snowcap, it’s easy to see why this species is a perennial top target for birding trips to Costa Rica. I’m sure several other species also occur.

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.

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.

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

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!

The Top 5 Avian Ambassadors of Costa Rica

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If the avian realm had self-conscious, talking ambassadors, “spokebirds”, which species would partake in birding conferences? The Rufous-naped Wren is a very animated, common species in Costa Rica. Destinations Costa Rica

Lesser Known Places for Birding in Costa Rica- Mi Cafecito

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Birding in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without a fine cup of coffee (or two). Smooth, tasty, and rejuvenating, the beans grown in the volcanic soils of Costa Rica make some wonderful boost juice. Destinations 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.

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.

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. This Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo was seen and captured on camera by Josh Beck in Panama, the most reliable place to connect with this rare species.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Urban Nature Persists in San Joaquin, Heredia, Costa Rica, May 4th, 2021

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In birding circles, Costa Rica is better known for protected areas, quetzal tours, and glittering displays of hummingbirds than the things that fly in urban spots. I mean, who comes to Costa Rica to bird on city streets? 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. 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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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.

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. SPECIES ACCOUNTS.

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.

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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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. 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.

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

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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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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.

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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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.

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.