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The Corso Lecheria Hummingbird Stop

Hummingbirds are an essential component of Costa Rica. At least one species is found at just about every birding stop and many times, more than one. In Costa Rica, these miniature jeweled pollinators range from the humid rainforests of the lowlands to the cold brushy paramos on the highest peaks, and occur everywhere in between, especially in cloud forest and other middle elevation habitats. Although most species are resident, many make short migrations or movements to track various plants in flower at lower and higher elevations or to other parts of the country. Where and when hummingbirds go in Costa Rica is not as well known as it could be, and any additional data will further our understanding of these special birds and therefore also help conserve them.

Documenting where and when they are seen is part of the hummingbird conservation equation in Costa Rica and gives us that much more reason to spend time with these feathered jewels. Fortunately, they are always fun to watch, one of the newer places to check them out being the Corso Lecheria. Rather new on the Costa Rica birding scene, this dairy farm features a healthy bunch of Porterweed hedgerows that provide food for a number of hummingbirds.

Located on the saddle road between Poas and Barva volcanoes, around 2 kilometers east of the junction at Poasito, Corso makes for an easy and typically productive stop. After entering the parking area, just watch for the hedgerows with purple flowers on the left and wait for the birds to show.

They eventually will, Volcano Hummingbird might be the first one you see. This tiny bird seems to be the most common species at this site although there are usually a few Scintillants around as well!

Female Volcano Hummingbird.
Male Scintillant Hummingbird.

Lesser Violetears are also usually present.

Other hummingbirds regular at Corso also include Stripe-tailed,

Magenta-throated Woodstar,

and Purple-throated Mountain-gem.

Since this is an important source of nectar, who knows what else might show? Since it looks like a prime site for such rarities as coquettes or other species, visiting birders should carefully document any hummingbird that looks different or goes unidentified. Since the hummingbird viewing is also free, it would also be good for visiting birders to frequent their ice cream store. That shouldn’t be too much trouble, I mean isn’t hummingbird viewing best followed by ice cream tasting?

2 replies on “The Corso Lecheria Hummingbird Stop”

Hi Pat, I’m trying to figure out where this is. When you say “Located on the saddle road between Poas and Barva volcanoes, around 2 kilometers east of the junction at Poasito”, I know Poasito pretty well (very basically), so when you say 2 km east of the jct., I assume you mean on Rt. 126, the road E. toward Varablanca. And this place is at 2 km east, or the road toward Barva turns off at 2 km east? I can’t see a road to Barva on Google Maps, so I wasn’t sure what you meant. Thanks!

Hi Mary- This would be route 120. The Corso Lecheria is around 2.3 kilometers east of the Hotel Churrasco on route 120. It’s probably easier to find when driving than on a map. From the junction at Hotel Churrasco, take the road towards Varablanca and watch for the reddish gravel entrance road to Corso on the right (south) side of the road. On Google Maps, it is marked as the Corso Dairy Farm tour- https://www.google.com/maps/place/Po%C3%A1s+Volcano/@10.1609334,-84.1866105,1468m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8fa0f5262b2601b7:0xbc1ce51053de5e3d!8m2!3d10.1977778!4d-84.2305556

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