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Costa Rica is a small country and has been a popular birding destination since sometime in the 80s but it still holds a surprising number of little known, little birded sites. Given that we are talking about a place with political boundaries roughly equivalent to those of West Virginia, how can this be? Why don’t […]

Continue reading about Little Known, Promising Sites for Birding in Costa Rica : The El Zota Research Station

admin on October 22nd, 2013

Historically, Costa Rica was almost entirely covered in forest. If you thought the country was birdy now, try and imagine it being ten times as birdy just a hundred or two hundred years ago. The same can easily be said of North America and Europe (although we may need to go back further in time). […]

Continue reading about What’s Hiding in those Highland Thickets?

admin on October 17th, 2013

Costa Rica= 100% Natural! Costa Rica, land of endless forests! Costa Rica, a natural paradise! Anyone who has planned a trip to Costa Rica has probably seen these and other slogans designed to market the country to visitors from abroad. Once you get here, if you keep an open mind, you will note that while […]

Continue reading about How to Avoid Traffic when Birding in Costa Rica

admin on October 9th, 2013

On Sunday, I took a trip to Chomes and the Colorado salt pans with a friend of mine to look for shorebirds, to look for the Maguari Stork that showed up on September 16th, and get recordings and digiscoped shots of various feathered creatures. Although every trip to that area has been good, this one […]

Continue reading about Don’t Disregard Chomes when Birding Costa Rica

admin on October 3rd, 2013

Green space is where the birds are and that’s why I drive 45 minutes up to Poas Volcano. That’s one of the closest places with intact forest habitat and the birding is always good. Between the house and Poas, there are riparian zones that snake through coffee plantations but that habitat is rather inaccessible compared […]

Continue reading about A Couple Hours of Birding on Poas is Always Good