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admin on February 21st, 2017

I wish I could say that birding is always free. It would be if we still lived in a world with abundant habitat and biodiversity because there would be easier access to more birds. But, the modern realities of overpopulation and big money interests that view conservation as a hindrance to short term gain continue […]

Continue reading about Great Birding for a Bargain at La Marta Refuge

admin on January 18th, 2017

Mountains are one of the main reasons why so many bird species live in Costa Rica. They act as barriers that promote speciation, catch moisture that creates cloud forest and other tropical forest habitats, and make it possible for distinct ecosystems to evolve at different elevations. But, on the downside, the steep slopes, ravines, and […]

Continue reading about Tips for Birding in Costa Rica at Virgen del Socorro

admin on November 9th, 2016

One of the most interesting things about birding in tropical habitats is the unpredictable nature of the endeavor. It seems like the more biodiverse a place is, the less predictable the bird species encountered. When venturing into rainforest with binoculars at the ready, the end result of this bio-trick is eventually ticking off species after […]

Continue reading about Some Birds to Expect at El Tapir

The easiest place to experience quality rainforest birding when staying in the San Jose area is El Tapir and Quebrada Gonzalez. Or, maybe I should say the quickest, most accessible place because the birding there is never actually easy. Instead, it’s a mysterious challenge that always comes with a temptation of birding gold. But, even […]

Continue reading about Short Report from a Recent Day of Birding at El Tapir and Quebrada Gonzalez

admin on June 29th, 2016

We are wrapping up the breeding bird count season in Costa Rica. If I could do a few counts a week, I would but I only do three because I haven’t had time to do more. Hopefully, that will change by next year and I can participate in counts on the Osa (where a cool […]

Continue reading about The 2016 Resident Bird Count at Quebrada Gonzalez

admin on December 23rd, 2015

Last week, I paid a visit to El Tapir for a morning of birding with my friend Susan. The weather looked good (no forecast of constant rain), and the foothill rainforest is always worth a visit, and not just for the hummingbirds. Other species live in that mossy forest too, including rare ones like Rufous-vented […]

Continue reading about A Short Trip to El Tapir

admin on December 2nd, 2015

December has kicked off with am imaginary “bang!” and Christmas count season is nigh in Costa Rica. Most counts take place two weeks from now, but one key, counting bonanza happens in a few days and I will indeed partake in the challenge. Since the count season overlaps with the family events season, this will […]

Continue reading about Preparations for the 2015 Arenal Christmas Count

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

admin on February 16th, 2015

Birding in Costa Rica hasn’t been going on as long as watching for wood-warblers in Central Park, ┬ácounting hawks at Cape May, or taking pictures of birds at Ding darling Wildlife Refuge. Nevertheless, we do have our own little set of classic sites and Virgen del Socorro is one of them. It earns “classic” status […]

Continue reading about Birding in Costa Rica at the Other Virgen del Socorro

admin on February 5th, 2015

Not all birds are created equal for the birder. In the birdosphere, that means that some species are a heck of a lot more difficult to see than others, or just look nicer. Others might be the one and only rep for a family, and/or be avian oddities (the ones with no close relatives tend […]

Continue reading about A Monklet Says Hello in Costa Rica