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Old Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 16:23   #3801
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Even a schmo like me can rack up the lifers while on a CBC here in Costa Rica
Wow! That sounds great! I've done a bunch of CBC's up here in the GWN, but always wanted to do one in the tropics.

Who organizes the Carara one, anyway? I have lots of great memories of birding there, would love to go back...

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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 15:17   #3802
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I had a good close to the year, with 4 lifers seen on December 30.

1)Merlin- hunting a dove unsuccessfully

2)Vesper sparrow- seen in the same area as the Merlin and 2 birds I had been chasing for a while

3) Rufous hummingbird

4) Common loon- a group of 8 seen a couple hundred yards from shore just outside of Houston

When I started birding 18 months ago, I thought I'd never be able to identify a sparrow, and now I have seen 14 new world sparrow species! The lifers are fewer and farther between now, but that just makes them all the more exciting.

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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 18:07   #3803
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Wow! That sounds great! I've done a bunch of CBC's up here in the GWN, but always wanted to do one in the tropics.

Who organizes the Carara one, anyway? I have lots of great memories of birding there, would love to go back...

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Hey Peter,
Johan Fernandez, a birding guide, is the organizer for the Bird Count at Carara. If you contact him and ask he may be able to arrange for you to join one of the teams. There are about 15 teams and they usually consist of 3 to 5 people per team. Each team is assigned a route.
We were given accommodations at Serra Lodge for two nights gratis for the count. The local birding lodges are aware of the importance of the CBC's
The La Selva CBC was a success this year as well. They are a big deal down here.
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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 01:42   #3804
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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 02:28   #3805
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Purple-backed Thornbill, Ecuador

Male and female. Lovely little hummers with tiny little bills. Clinging to flowers, chickadee-like, while feeding.
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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 14:04   #3806
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Johan Fernandez, a birding guide, is the organizer for the Bird Count at Carara. If you contact him and ask he may be able to arrange for you to join one of the teams. There are about 15 teams and they usually consist of 3 to 5 people per team. Each team is assigned a route.
Thanks for the info., Bryan. I have to hope that some day I'll be able to be there at the correct time of year, which I have never managed yet (free nights a Cerro are quite a draw!)
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Old Monday 8th January 2018, 10:31   #3807
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Pale Martin and Streak-throated Swallow, Ajman WTP, UAE.

Verraux's Eagle and Arabian Spotted Eagle Owl, nr Salalah, Oman. Both real monkeys off my back.
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Got my first new one for 2018, and a pretty one. Red-flanked Bluetail in Belgium.
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Black throated gray warbler in Galveston for #300. Failed on bullocks oriole 3 straight days, so I will take it.

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Rough-legged Hawk (Buzzard for those so inclined) - brief but very nice looks at a dark morph about 10 minutes' drive from my house!
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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 01:04   #3811
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Rough-legged Hawk (Buzzard for those so inclined) - brief but very nice looks at a dark morph about 10 minutes' drive from my house!
OOC, was it the one at Green Lane, or a different one?
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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 16:19   #3812
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OOC, was it the one at Green Lane, or a different one?
Yes, that was it. A second one was reported in eBird as well, but I didn't catch that one while I was there.
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An unremarkable Blackish Cuckooshrike after some 145 other lifers in the Philippines. No monkey-eater, but plenty of consolation, e.g. 12 out of 12 possible owls, Slaty-backed Jungle-Flycatcher, Japanese Night Heron and Mindanao Wattled Broadbill. Finally seeing Greater Painted-snipe was nice as well!
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