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admin on November 26th, 2012

Ujarras, Costa Rica is a small settlement situated near the Cachi Dam. This structure is in turn located in the Orosi Valley and is meant to hold back the water of the Reventazon River so it can be used to generate electricity. A side effect was the creation of a lake that produced Costa Rica’s [...]

Continue reading about A few Highlights from Costa Rica Birding at Ujarras

Before my first trip to Costa Rica, I prepared for it like a commando on an all important mission. There was a scheduled departure date printed on my plane ticket (no e-tickets back in 1992) and the destination was San Jose, Costa Rica. This meant that I had a near certain date with a baptism [...]

Continue reading about How does Birding in Costa Rica differ from that of the Temperate Zone?

admin on November 11th, 2012

Birding hotspots don’t just earn that claim to fame for the bird species that show up. While rarities and high quality species are certainly part of the hotspot equation, other factors also determine a site’s eligibility on the hotspot scale. For example, in Costa Rica, we can surmise that birding in the middle of large [...]

Continue reading about VaraBlanca- Overlooked Costa Rican Birding Hotspot

Just as birders in temperate North America have to deal with the kinglet-warbler identification conundrum (with the Hutton’s Vireo thrown in for good measure in some places), we birders in Costa Rica are confronted with the tyrannulet-warbler scam. It goes like this: At some subtropical site in Costa Rica, a tiny bird flits into a [...]

Continue reading about Hints for Birding in Costa Rica- Was that a Tyrannulet or a Warbler?