Birding in Costa Rica is fun and fantastic but it’s always better with an experienced local guide. Whether taking a birding tour in Costa Rica or birding on your own, an experienced local guide may have knowledge of roosting owls, sites for various rare birds, local logistics, and other useful information that an active local birder is much more likely to know.
Such as where to find the endemic, local, and endangered Cabanis’s Ground-Sparrow.
The combination of local birding knowledge and access to a variety of quality habitats makes it possible to see such mega birds as Resplendent Quetzal and Scarlet Macaw on day trips from the San Jose area. On day and short overnight night trips, literally hundreds of other species are also possible including birds like King Vulture, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, glittering hummingbirds and gorgeous tanagers. In fact, as long as you know where and how to look for them, many of these birds are much more accessible than one might expect.
Maybe even Blue-and-gold Tanager!
To see these birds and more, I offer guiding customized to your birding needs as day trips and longer tours. A few of the better sites for day trips include:
- Foothill rainforest at Quebrada Gonzalez and nearby sites– Foothill rainforest birding with chances at forest raptors, Snowcap, antbirds, many tanagers, and several uncommon and rare species.
- Highland habitats around Poas Volcano– An easy trip for seeing an excellent assortment of highland and middle elevation species (see below for a sample itinerary).
- Rainforest and rare birds around Lands in Love Hotel, and other nearby sites.
To learn more about birding day trips, how to see your target birds, and longer birding trips in Costa Rica, contact me at [email protected]
Birding The Poas area
MIDDLE AND HIGH ELEVATION BIRDS, MANY REGIONAL ENDEMICS, FRUIT AND HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS.
Learn about the Poas/Cinchona itinerary with a checklist for the area including abundance of birds based on several years of observations:
Tour prices vary by site and itinerary. To learn more, please contact me at [email protected]
Please also visit my Flickr photostream to view images of Costa Rica birds you might see.