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 but if you are a birder, you get the picture. Sightings of shorebird species are coming in from Guacalillo and flooded fields in Guanacaste. Could someone please brave the heat waves of Chomes to see who happens to be probing the mud for worms and other invert delicacies?
- Familiarize yourself with Peruvian Boobies and Inca Terns: No Peruvian Booby yet for Costa Rica but they really could be out there! According to Xenornis, several have now shown up at Amador, Panama and maybe there’s an Inca Tern to be found as well. If you see a booby with a white head, take a picture and send it to the AOCR.
- Check out the 2014 Birding and Nature Festival in Costa Rica: It’s happening on September 19th to September 21st, includes guided walks at the EARTH campus and the Las Brisas Reserve, and cool bird talks. Very good chance of seeing Cerulean Warbler and other migrants in Costa Rica, and lots of cool residents, plus owls on the night walks.
- National Park Fee Hike: $10 per day apparently wasn’t quite enough to help fund the government (no, it doesn’t seem that those funds go back into the parks), so the fee for tourists has been raised to $12. Keeping with bureaucratic traditon, the birding unfriendly opening hours of 8 to 4 have not changed. Where to complain? I’m not sure but if I find out, will publish that on this blog.
- I made some video/slide shows that feature Costa Rican birds: Yep, made some videos for the BirdingFieldGuides YouTube channel. Check these out and stay tuned for more: A Dozen Beautiful Garden Birds in Costa Rica, Some Tanager Species You Might See While Birding in Costa Rica, 31 Hummingbirds from Costa Rica.
- Very cool video by someone else: Speaking of videos, I didn’t do this one but recommend watching it. Done by a young Canadian birder about his time in Costa Rica with his dad. Lots of nice shots, and enthusiastic commentary.
- Almost at 600 species for the year: No, not major news really, but good news for me! I am just a few species shy of 600 for the year. Does that mean I will stop at 600? Of course not, the constant pseudo Big Year will march on like penguins in search of destiny, adventure, and fish!
- Writing for 10,000 Birds: I will finish off with another tidbit of news about myself. I just became one of the beat writers for 10,000 Birds (a super cool birding blog). Look for my posts every other Saturday, first one on the 9th.
Have any Costa Rican bird news you want to share? Send me a comment and it will probably make it onto this blog.
4 replies on “A Bit of Costa Rica Birding News, August, 2014”
We are experiencing an invasion of Peruvian Boobies in Panama City… surely more are out there… keep looking! And congratulations… I regularly read 10,000 birds and will look forward for your post.
@Jan- Thanks! Yes, given the number in Panama now, there should be one or more somewhere in CR waters.
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Congrats on the 10,000 Birds assignment, Pat. And congrats to them for finding you!