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.

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.

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. However, as with many other places throughout the globe, this small country also has its fair share of urban wildlife. 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.

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. The post Starting the Year in Birding at Raptor Ridge, 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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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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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.

What Happened in Costa Rica on Global Big Day, 2017

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You may have birding from the window of your home, you may have been counting birds at a local wildlife refuge, you may have been counting birds on a feverish run from one end of a state to the next. In Costa Rica, we did our part and were elated to finish with more than 640 species. It was still the highest one team total for Costa Rica but pretty far from the highest list for the day. Destinations Costa Rica Global Big Day

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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.

Gray Hawk from the House

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These are the neighborhood raptors that make do, even thrive, by preying on the wildlife of an urban landscape. In Costa Rica, the urban raptor can take more than one form but usually, the local avian top predator is a Gray Hawk. Destinations Costa Rica Gray Hawk

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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. Babita Wildlife Tours. Wildlife Explorers.

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

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Costa Rica Totals: 351. John O’Groats Ferry Boat Wildlife Tours – Scotland. Jonnie at the Spurn National Wildlife Refuge, England – accommodations.spurnbirdsobs@hotmail.com. Susana Blanco Susana.cotinga@gmail.com Birding BNB coordinator in Costa Rica. Chris Fischer – World Birder, Costa Rica and US. Jorge at the Paraiso Quetzal lodge, Costa Rica – info@quetzalsparaiso.com.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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When I went to Honduras in 2014, I was advised to use The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean (2014) and The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America by Steve N.G. I took a look at the 2nd edition of The Birds of Costa Rica; many of the illustrations there are used in the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America, only they look better in the NCA book. Birds know habitat.

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My 2014 Birding Year in Review (With My Top Ten Birding Moments)

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Read on if you want to indulge me in reliving my version of it… In 2014 I birded in three countries (United States, Canada, Costa Rica), four states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida), and forty-two counties. (I’m Once again attending the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. This year highlights included finally hearing a Black Rail , seeing Nanday Parakeets and Muscovy Ducks , and just enjoying Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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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. First of all, there are the classics, cited in the Introduction as important resources and models for the authors: A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica by Gary Stiles and Alexander F. Press, 1989); A Guide to the Birds to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, 2nd ed. ,

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Welcome to Carlos Sanchez, Our New South Florida Beat Writer

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A native of southern Florida, Carlos has had a fascination with wildlife as far back as he can remember combined with an unquenchable thirst to learn — the first books he checked out of the library were Beehler’s Birds of New Guinea and Stiles and Skutch’s Birds of Costa Rica. We would like everyone to give a warm welcome to the latest Beat Writer here on 10,000 Birds, Carlos Sanchez.

My Ten Best Birds of 2019

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I also spent a week in northwestern Costa Rica on a family vacation, a long weekend in Barbados, a week in Georgia, and two week-plus-long trips to visit relatives in southern California. The northwestern part of Costa Rica is the least birdy part of the country.

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The Bird Way: A Book Review

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An accomplished popular science writer, Ackerman started out as a writer and researcher for National Geographic ‘s book division and has since written articles and books on such diverse scientific subjects as heredity, the common cold, dragonflies, and wildlife in Japan.

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Veraguan Mango – Panama's ex-endemic

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In the last few years, birders in Costa Rica started noticing strange mango species in the Golfito/Puntarenas region of the country. The strange birds were identified as Veraguan Mangos and they have now officially been added to the Costa Rican national bird list. It is most likely that the species is not a recent newcomer to Costa Rica but rather that it has been previously overlooked or misidentified as the similar Green-breasted Mango.

Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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So I lowered my threshold to 500 and that worked well… for Costa Rica and South America, that is (especially Peru). Other wildlife includes Asian Elephant , Tiger , Leopard. Other wildlife includes Phayre’s Leaf Monkey.

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Best Bird of the Year 2014

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Patrick had many birds to choose from for his Best Bird of the Year but he chose a new species for him in Costa Rica, a real regional rarity: My BBOTY for 2014 goes to Hudsonian Godwit. The Hudwit edged out more than 650 other birds on my Costa Rican year list by a large margin because unlike Resplendent Quetzal , Maroon-chested Ground-Dove , Ornate Hawk-Eagle , and even Unspotted Saw-whet Owl , the last and only documentation for Hudsonian Godwit in Costa Rica occured in 1975.

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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? And here I reach the question: where should a budget-conscious middle-aged experienced environmentalist who wants to be involved in ecotourism development or wildlife research / spend evenings watching sunsets with a beer in his hand, move to?

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Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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As part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil giveaway we asked readers of 10,000 Birds to name the bird in Brazil that they would like to see more than any other species. And I hugged a woman who was lucky enough to hold a Spix’s Macaw at the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar while on vacation in the Middle East some years ago. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Dawn in South Carolina

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She also had amazing stories of birding in Belize and Costa Rica, and we swapped favorite birding tales during the 2.5 The ecosystem is still affected by human-induced climate change and associated sea level rise and erosion, but remains a haven for a variety of wildlife in addition to birds. Near the turn of the 20th century, wealthy influencer Bernard Baruch bought coastal property in South Carolina.

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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Birding Honduras–The Cryptic Birds

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If you’ve birded the Neoptropics, then you’re familiar with the haunting sound of Great Tinamou, and may have even seen the bird, as I did in Costa Rica, walking through thick rain forest foliage. We saw a smaller member of the potoo family, Northern Potoo , Nyctibius jamaicensis , at Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, boating and birding the Salado River. There was no snow.

Car Birding: A Birder Litmus Test

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Barbed wire fences are terrible for wildlife, snaring large birds and mammals alike…but for smaller passerines, they sure make good perches. National Wildlife Refuges, various wetland sites) you are supposed to bird from your car to prevent the needless flushing of birds. Many of you have driven the auto tour loops that are at many National Wildlife Refuges. This stoked Great Egret was at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, CA.

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I and the Bird #146

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That’s why Costa Rica is at the top of every single birder’s list of desperately desired destinations. Lucky Patrick O’Donnell lives in Costa Rica and, as a guide , gets to enjoy the epic avifauna of that exquisite country. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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Incidentally, Uganda ( 510 ) leap-frogged Australia ( 475 ) to become the list’s fourth most prolific country behind Costa Rica ( 763 ), USA ( 654 ) and Brazil ( 555 ). Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge–East Pond. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Manky Muscovy Ducks

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Patrick ODonnell Mar 2nd, 2011 at 10:45 pm Plenty of “manky&# Muscovies down here in Costa Rica! Fish & Wildlife Service expects sea levels to rise due to global warming, swamping beaches on which Snowy Plovers currently nest, it is good news that the number of beaches proposed for protection as Snowy Plover nesting habitat has doubled. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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I and the Bird #145

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Submit a link and summary to your best recent post about birding or wild birds to me or our next outstanding host, Pat O’Donnell at Costa Rica Living and Birding. Fish & Wildlife Service expects sea levels to rise due to global warming, swamping beaches on which Snowy Plovers currently nest, it is good news that the number of beaches proposed for protection as Snowy Plover nesting habitat has doubled.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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On a totally ordinary Toledo afternoon when I was visiting my favorite Metropark, there he was: a spectacular indigo minding his own business at one of the wildlife center’s birdfeeders. 2012 was one of my best years for birding in Costa Rica. While there an Alberta Fish and Wildlife officer removed the exclosures so we were able to get a good look at the very tiny Piping Plovers nests.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011)

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Corey encountered a bunch of winners, but 24 Common Redpolls at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, in almost the exact same spot he saw them a couple of years ago, feeding on birch inflorescence by the East Pond, were easily his best birds of the weekend. And well worth the wait… [link] Vinny OHare Mar 7th, 2011 at 3:22 am Didn’t really see anything special but a red tail hawk chasing prey in Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge.

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Best Bird of the Year 2013

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My fiance and I drove nearly two hours to the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in rural Indiana to watch them come in for the evening. Since that trip, I’ve seen Rose-throated Becard in Costa Rica, but not with the rosy throat. And, seeing a bird in Costa Rica is not the same as seeing it in the U.S.

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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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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011?

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I will be birding the foothill rainforests of Quebrada Gonzalez, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica. Jochen the swallows have arrived at NYC at Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge too. Fish & Wildlife Service expects sea levels to rise due to global warming, swamping beaches on which Snowy Plovers currently nest, it is good news that the number of beaches proposed for protection as Snowy Plover nesting habitat has doubled.

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Collaborative List – October 2019

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Visited this month were; Germany , France , Austria, South Africa, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Serbia, Costa Rica, Australia, China, Indonesia , Switzerland and Singapore). Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge–East Pond. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Ash Creek Wildlife Area (LAS Co.). Ash Creek Wildlife Area (LAS Co.). Ash Creek Wildlife Area (LAS Co.). Ash Creek Wildlife Area (LAS Co.).

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Collaborative list – June 2019

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Our two newest contributors have shared from Mexico and China, bringing the countries birded this month (also including; Costa Rica, Greece, Serbia, USA, UK, India, UAE and New Zealand) to 10. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2015)

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Unless your count was held earlier than normal, as is done in Costa Rica , most CBC celebrants spent this weekend scouting, which should make for excellent Best Birds of the Weekend. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was any of the trio of Blue-winged Teal that he spotted at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge while scouting for next Sunday’s Queens County Christmas Bird Count.

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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. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Collaborative List – January 2019

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The engaged and generous beats ( 10 of them) have shared 188 checklists during January and have accounted for 859 species from 8 countries (USA, Australia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, UK, New Zealand and Serbia. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

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