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Each year, I look forward to an autonomously motivated event where myself and trusted birding companions try to see as many bird species as possible in one, 24 hour date. That is, we do a Big Day, and it is preceded by far too many hours of planning and sorting out probabilities, Such scheming is [...]

Continue reading about Getting Ready for Another Big Day of Birding in Costa Rica

admin on April 29th, 2015

In Costa Rica, the dry season is over and so is the high season. We still see quite a few people visiting Costa Rica for a vacation but not nearly as many as the winter months. The cold, stark reasons for choosing February over May or June for a trip to Costa Rica are as [...]

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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 March 12th, 2015

A lot of factors come into play for a Big Day and one of the biggest is precipitation. If it’s a little bit of rain, that’s probably alright and might work in your favor in keeping the birds calling all day long. The same goes for showers. What you don’t want is a fat morning [...]

Continue reading about Big Day Drowned by Rain but Rare Birds Anyways

admin on March 5th, 2015

It’s March and this being the high season for birding in Costa Rica, I thought that some birding news, tips, and reminders would be pertinent: The main road to Cerro de la Muerte is now open: Yes, it was closed for most of February because part of the road fell away. Yep, it collapsed after [...]

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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 [...]

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admin on February 12th, 2015

Last week, I started out a day of guiding at El Tapir. We arrived just after dawn, the sky was overcast, and the old butterfly garden was jumping with birds. A group of Black-faced Grosbeaks fed on fruits in a low tree, Silver-throated Tanagers were flying back and forth, and Black and Yellow Tanagers (our [...]

Continue reading about More Good Luck with Lowland Birding in Costa Rica

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

admin on January 29th, 2015

“La Selva” is the term that birders and biologists use for the O.T.S. La Selva Biological Station. Although there are lots of places to watch a lot of birds in Costa Rica, La Selva is one of the better known sites on the block. Biologists, birders, and people who happen to be particularly enthused about [...]

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admin on January 15th, 2015

For birders in North America, a quail-dove is far from familiar. Certain other dove species might be as normal in the yard as the family dog but not yee quail-doves. In the official ABA area, the main dove/quail that we hope to see is the one named after an island and seeing it is no [...]

Continue reading about A Friendly Buff-fronted Quail-Dove at Monteverde