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admin on August 7th, 2014

Do you find yourself in Costa Rica these days? Do you wish you were in Costa Rica? Check out the following news items for insights, action, and intrigue about birds and birding in Costa Rica!: Shorebirds are in town: Well, it’s their city of mudflats and shorelines and not bumpy roads where Rufous-collared Sparrows hop [...]

Continue reading about A Bit of Costa Rica Birding News, August, 2014

admin on December 30th, 2013

According to the “western calendar”, the end of the year is nigh. It’s time for us listers to count  up the birds we have identified over the course of 12 months, time to run out and see a few more for those doing a Big Year, and time to get ready to party if you [...]

Continue reading about My Best Bird from Birding Costa Rica in 2013

admin on July 9th, 2013

Buenos Aires and Costa Rica in the same sentence? What is this, some kind of weird geographical joke? Nope, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica is as real as pouring rain in the Osa Peninsula. However, other than the name and the lingua franca, Buenos Aires, CR shares nothing with Buenos Aires, Argentina. I don’t even think [...]

Continue reading about Birding Costa Rica around Buenos Aires

admin on December 29th, 2011

Just two days left until 2011 comes to an end and 2012 is ushered in with fireworks, rivers of spirited drink, and grapes. Well, at least in Latin America there are grapes. You are supposed to eat 12 and then you get good luck for the coming year. I can’t recall if I took part [...]

Continue reading about Highlights from Birding Costa Rica in 2011

admin on December 12th, 2011

Not many birders make it down to southeastern Costa Rica. Although the towns of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and Cahuita are major stops on the backpacker circuit, you don’t see many people walking around with roof prism, light-gathering optics. Birdwatchers are a rare sight in the southeast because they get their Caribbean lowland fix at [...]

Continue reading about The Veragua Rainforest Christmas Count (part one)

admin on August 1st, 2011

August is already here and I am pretty sure I heard the call note of a Yellow Warbler this morning. Oh yes, bring on the migrants and have them fly over Santa Barbara, Costa Rica. We have some quality habitat right next door at the Finca Rosa Blanca Boutique Hotel and in remnant moist forest [...]

Continue reading about Hook-billed Kite Makes Bird 533 for 2011!

The biggest news in 2010 for birding in Costa Rica was arguably the sightings of Harpy Eagle carrying nesting material in Tortuguero National Park. If those monstrous raptors did succeed in building one of their many-stick homes, either the nest was never found or the information was kept more secret than U.S. government embassy cables. [...]

Continue reading about Highlights from birding and guiding Costa Rica in 2010

admin on October 19th, 2010

As always, I would love to do an official Big Year in Costa Rica. Slowly track my way up and down the hot, hilly terrain of the Osa while scanning the canopy and listening for distress calls of monkeys that would lead me to a Harpy Eagle. Maybe find a Red-throated Caracara or two (if [...]

Continue reading about 536 species so far for 2010 with two months to go

admin on May 10th, 2010

It has often been said that time flies when you are having fun (such as when birding Costa Rica). I, however, have discovered that it zips along like a hungry Merlin chasing a Chimney Swift when you are: 1. Running a business. 2. Have a not quite two year old, active, inquisitive daughter, and 3. [...]

Continue reading about Costa Rica birding: my year list for 2010

2009 is officially coming to a close and so is my BIG YEAR. Since I didn’t do the usual things one does during a BIG YEAR such as travel long distances on short notice, stumble around in the dark of the night while hooting like an owl, or risk my life, I feel a bit apprehensive about using caps for [...]

Continue reading about End of a BIG YEAR and birding highlights for Costa Rica in 2009