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If you have emailed me lately and had to wait for a reply, I apologize. For the past two weeks, I have been spending a lot less time with the computer and a lot more time with the birds. On March 3rd, a friend of mine came on down for two weeks of the best [...]

Continue reading about 500 Plus Species in Two Weeks of Birding Costa Rica- Highlights and Remarks about the Birds

admin on December 14th, 2015

I have written about it before and am happy to do so again. The Poas area is an easy, fun way to see a bunch of nice birds, and the photo opps aren’t that bad either. Last Friday, I was reminded of that while guiding around Cinchona and Poas. It would be a lucky break [...]

Continue reading about Costa Rica Birding Fun On Poas

admin on November 18th, 2015

Some birds have short names, some names are kind of long. The name for the wild chicken of the Costa Rican highlands falls into the latter category. To be accurate, it’s not really the chicken of the Costa Rican highlands because it doesn’t scratch the forest floor in as many highland spots as say the [...]

Continue reading about Seeing the Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge in Costa Rica

admin on August 19th, 2015

Costa Rica is a dream for any aficionado of topography. Before you ask yourself if there really are people who dig topography, let me assure that there indeed are. Most of us like a mountain scene or two (partly why those Ricola commercials are so memorable), and when I lived in the flatlands of Illinois, [...]

Continue reading about Easy, Highland Birding in Costa Rica at Varablanca

admin on July 15th, 2015

Costa Rica is a fantastic place for close looks at hummingbirds. Feeders and gardens planted with the hummingbird delicacy known as Porterweed bring in most species for soul satisfying views, and hundreds of digital captures. However, although most birders end up with 30 plus species during a two or three week trip to Costa Rica, [...]

Continue reading about Finding Green-fronted Lancebill in Costa Rica

admin on June 17th, 2015

For the non-birder, the title of this post surely sounds like some crude joke. For us birders, though, we know that it must refer to some kind of weird bird. At least we hope it does because how could you not want to see something called a “treehunter”? Because, really, how does one hunt trees? [...]

Continue reading about What’s a Streak-breasted Treehunter?

admin on May 20th, 2015

We birders like to describe the way we go about watching birds. If we just look at the birds in the backyard and flip through the field guide once in a while, we might say that we are pretty darn casual about birding. If we go on field trips with a local birding group and [...]

Continue reading about How to See Spot-bellied Bobwhite in Costa Rica

Some birds are common, some are tough to see, and others are downright rare as mangos in the arctic. As if a tropical fruit next to a Gyrfalcon wasn’t improbable enough for you, we also have these bird species that are enigmas. These are situations like the 21st century Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Pink-headed Duck sightings, and [...]

Continue reading about Where and Why to Look for Wing-banded Antbird in Costa Rica

Expecting the unexpected is par for the binocular course when birding in tropical rainforest. The surprise effect can be a challenge for target-based birding but makes every trip into the forest like that box of chocolate quote from Forrest Gump. Basically, while you can have an idea of what you might see, you never really [...]

Continue reading about Expect the Unexpected when Birding in Costa Rica at Quebrada Gonzalez

If you have birded the Carara area during the past seven years, are birding it some time soon, or would love to raise the bins in that birdy place at some treasured future time, then you have probably heard about Cerro Lodge. Read any recent birding trip reports from Costa Rica and there’s a fair [...]

Continue reading about What’s the Deal with Yellow-billed Cotinga at Cerro Lodge