The end of the year and high season for birding in Costa Rica is still a few months away but I’m already getting ready for it. It’s raining a lot and there’s not a whole lot of birders here at the moment but in a way, the high season is already happening. Main birding hotels are filling up for dates from January through March and guides and transportation are getting booked too.
Cope’s Place books up in advance too. If you want to visit, let me know ASAP!
The following are recommendations and things I have been doing to prepare for the main birding season:
Updating a Birding Companion for Costa Rica- “How to See, Find, and Identify Birds in Costa Rica”
Editing and updating this resource has kept me pretty busy but it will be worth it. The new version will include updates for existing sites and information for many new places. With so many birding-focused sites popping up, I’m sure it won’t cover everything but it’s going to come close.
As always, the goal of this book is to help birders of all levels have a more fulfilling birding experience in Costa Rica.
The new version should be available by the end of October. If you buy the current version of this Costa Rica bird finding guide from now until the new version comes out, I’ll also send you the new version free of charge.
Updating the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide App
I have also been updating the most complete birding app for Costa Rica. Not that long ago, we updated it to include new additions like Spectacled Petrel and Lesser Black-backed Gull. However, recently, a couple of local birders discovered Buff-collared Nightjar in Costa Rica (!) and there were a few other edits to make. With that in mind, we decided to make another update, one that will hopefully be ready by the end of this month.
The new version will have:
- Images for 941 species on the Costa Rica list.
- Vocalizations for 870 species on the Costa Rica list.
- Images, information, and sounds for 64 additional species that may eventually occur in Costa Rica.
Birding in More Places
I have been trying to do more birding in out of the way places as well as easily accessible overlooked sites. Results have included Blue Seedeater, sites for Striped and other owls, and more. As with anywhere, the more you go birding, the more you find.
Make Reservations Now…
Just another reminder to not wait to make reservations. The most popular places are really filling up!
Plan Your Trip Around eBird?
If you still want to plan a trip, what about just planning it around eBird? While that wonderful birding platform can give you some good ideas, I wouldn’t use it as the sole resource to plan a birding route in Costa Rica. EBird is great but in Costa Rica, it’s also naturally biased towards the birding circuit and popular sites, and lists for such sites don’t have all of the birds mentioned (us reviewers are trying but there’s still a lot to do). These are the places birded the most often but other birding spots also exist, many with fantastic birding. Just remember that, as most everywhere, in Costa Rica, the best birding is where the best habitat is.
As always, I hope to see you here in Costa Rica. Hope you see a lot this October 8th on October Big Day!