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admin on April 10th, 2014

Everyone knows what a cuckoo is, even non-birders and the most disconnected of human beings. Well, maybe more like 70% of non-birders but let’s just say that cuckoos are among the better known of birds because of this one in Europe that constantly repeats its name and has the evolutionary gall to lays its eggs [...]

Continue reading about Where to See Ground Cuckoos when Birding Costa Rica

Yesterday, I guided a couple on the Poas-Cinchona-Nature Pavilion route. This always makes for a fun, easy-going tour because it puts the focus on feeders and photography with such extra possibilities as mixed flocks, and target birds like Black Guan, Resplendent Quetzal, Prong-billed Barbet, toucans, and high elevation endemics. Although the unusual hot, dry weather [...]

Continue reading about Hanging Out with Hummingbirds from Poas to Sarapiqui

admin on March 27th, 2014

March has always been the most popular month for birding in Costa Rica. The third month was sort of elected as high time to watch birds in Costa Rica because this is when the dry season coincides with a higher degree of bird song as well as such highlights as raptor migration and lekking umbrellabirds. [...]

Continue reading about Birding Costa Rica, March, 2014

admin on March 13th, 2014

If this is your first trip to Costa Rica, you may be wondering what some of those birds in the field guide really are. You don’t have any foliage-gleaners or xenops at home. There aren’t any weirdo antpittas hopping around your patch.  Hawk-eagles sound super cool but what are they? A hawk? An eagle? A [...]

Continue reading about Some Definitions for Costa Rican Bird Names

A couple of weeks ago, Susan Blank, Robert Dean, and I ventured out into the Costa Rican wilds to identify as many birds as we could. Although the birding Big Day to end all Big days didn’t officially start until we put on our birding ninja head bands (I wish I had one but they [...]

Continue reading about The Big Day that Started with an Owl and Ended with an Ibis

One of the most common observations (aka complaints) that birders new to Costa Rica make is related to the sad paucity of raptors. I am definitely sad to admit that this is a valid view because unlike the weedy fields and woodlots far to the north, we don’t see very many raptors on a regular [...]

Continue reading about A Couple of Cool Hawks and Other Raptors During Recent Birding in Costa Rica

Carara is usually on the list of birders visiting Costa Rica so in thinking of a topic for this week’s blog post, I decided to write a bit about the area, especially because I did some guiding there over the past three weeks. Since all of my birding/guiding around Carara has taken place on the [...]

Continue reading about Perspectives and Updates on Birding at and Around Carara National Park, January 2014

We are now officially in what a fair portion of humans on the planet refer to as “2014″. Yep, 14 years after the milenium and if you haven’t been to Costa Rica yet for birding, what are you waiting for? The birding is great, the weather is great, and there’s a quetzal with your name [...]

Continue reading about “2014″ Expectations and Hopes for Birding in Costa Rica

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 December 23rd, 2013

As luck would have it, very few of the 2013 Costa Rican Christmas counts landed on dates that worked into my schedule. However, as luck would also have it, the one that did fit in was the Osa Christmas Count. This exciting day long survey of all things avian took place on December 20th and [...]

Continue reading about The Bosque del Rio Tigre 2013 Christmas Count