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admin on September 28th, 2010

When birding Costa Rica and many other exciting, birdy neotropical countries with rain forest, one can’t help but notice a striking black and green moth that looks like a butterfly. It doesn’t look anything like the usual, amazing, hairy little beasts that show up at night lights and resemble miniature lost aliens. This beautiful creature [...]

Continue reading about The Uraniidae moths are invading Costa Rica!

I had the fortune of birding Quebrada Gonzalez for two consecutive Saturdays after a three or four month hiatus. The entrance to Quebrada Gonzalez. It was good to be back, especially so because it wasn’t pouring down monstrous sheets of rain. Yes, the area does get its fair share of precipitation. The heavy load of [...]

Continue reading about Updates on birding at the Quebrada Gonzalez ranger station, Costa Rica

Tomorrow I will guide a small group from the Birding Club of Costa Rica at one of my favorite and most frequented sites when birding Costa Rica- Quebrada Gonzalez in Braulio Carrillo National Park. I have walked the trails through the old growth foothill forests of this Caribbean slope site on countless occasions since 1992 [...]

Continue reading about What will show up tomorrow at one of the most challenging and rewarding sites when birding Costa Rica?

admin on September 13th, 2010

El Tapir was this fantastic birding site in Costa Rica that mysteriously became defunct about ten years ago. Situated a few kilometers after Quebrada Gonzalez along the highway that connects San Jose and Limon, it provided access to foothill forests that buffer Braulio Carrillo National Park. There were a couple of trails into this beautiful, [...]

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admin on September 7th, 2010

The perceived scarcity of raptors (non-owl raptors) when birding Costa Rica is a recurring topic of conversation between  birders whom I guide and myself. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the following questions and observations: “We haven’t seen many raptors other than Black and Turkey Vultures”. “We have seen motmots, lots [...]

Continue reading about Where are the raptors when birding Costa Rica?

Before going on a birding trip to some far off wonderful place where nearly everything is a lifer, we gaze at our field guides and it’s like a flashback to the Decembers of our childhoods. The bird book is like the front window of a toy store, a catalog showing bicycles, binoculars (I started birding [...]

Continue reading about Birds to know when birding Costa Rica: the Violet-crowned Woodnymph