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  1. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Got a few more birds for the year during a week of guiding around Carara and vicinity. These were: 603. Northern Shoveler- One bird on the entrance road to Isla Damas. 604. Thick-billed Euphonia- Also on the entrance road to Isla Damas. 605. Pacific Screech Owl- Long overdue for the year. Killer...
  2. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    I reached my goal of 600 species for the year while participating in the Veragua Christmas count this past weekend. Ahh, now I can relax for the rest of 2011! The place is fantastic for lowland forest birding. In fact, I would call it one of the best sites for Caribbean lowland species in...
  3. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Recent reports of rare migrant ducks, including an addition to the Costa Rican list, convinced me to take a day trip up to the northwestern part of the country this past Saturday. Although the Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Duck, and a few other species were absent (likely scared away by...
  4. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Further attempts at new year birds in the Caribbean lowlands have been thwarted by rain but a trip to the southern part of the Nicoya peninsula yielded several species. These were: 581. Franklin's Gull: several were seen from the ferry that crosses the Gulf of Nicoya. Also new for my country...
  5. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Picked up 13 new birds over the weekend and forgot to add one new species from 2 weeks ago. The forgotten bird was Louisaina Waterthrush for 568 seen on a river near Cinchona. On the weekend trip to Tortuguero National Park, I hoped to get at least 13 new species for the year. I ended up...
  6. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Over the weekend, constant rain was a barrier to birding but I still up a choice species for the year- Red-fronted Parrotlet (567). I added this one to the list after hearing a calling bird as it flew through foggy skies near Cinchona.
  7. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    A Saturday trip to Caribbean slope forests around Virgen del Socorro and a couple hours in the lowlands yielded 6 new bird species for the year. There were: 561. Black-breasted Wood Quail- Heard in middle elevation forest near Varablanca. 562. Scaly-throated Foliage gleaner- Great to get this...
  8. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Two new birds today. The first was Gray-cheeked Thrush- a few heard as they flew over at 4:30 am (glad I got out of bed) and the second was MacGillivray's Warbler near the Grecia Forest Reserve. With migrants coming through, this my chance for a bunch of new birds. Hope to get some this weekend...
  9. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    I have been listening for nocturnal migrants for many nights now but have heard nothing until listening at 4:30 this morning. A few Swainson's Thrushes were heard and then one that I was hoping to get for the year- Upland Sandpiper! In Costa Rica, this bird is much easier to detect as it flies...
  10. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    I picked up Dickcissel this morning, the same way I got this bird last year- by call as it flew over the backyard. Happy to get 557 without leaving the house!
  11. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    A Saturday trip to a few shorebird sites turned up several hoped for year species. On Friday evening, a flyby Common Nighthawk was a welcome, expected tick for number 549. Number 550 was a beautiful Collared Plover at Caldera. At Chomes, thousands of Black Terns and Least Terns wheeled...
  12. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    A weekend of guiding at the Finca Luna Nueva resulted in two new species for the year. Neither were the targets I had hoped for but I will take them just the same. They were: 547. Uniform Crake- a pair calling at dusk was also new for the site list. 548. Olivaceous Piculet- seen just outside of...
  13. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    I added four new birds to my year list on a family trip to Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste this weekend. A nasty stomach bug seriously limited my birding so I added far fewer birds than I had hoped. Nevertheless, I still picked up four new species for the year and will hopefully get back up there...
  14. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    I took a short trip to the estuary of the Tarcoles River to look for shorebirds and picked up 6 new birds for the year. All were expected but needed nonetheless. 537. Short-billed Dowitcher- a group of 7. 538. Marbled Godwit- one of these big shorebirds. 539. Wilson's Plover- saw 3 of this...
  15. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    I picked up an excellent year bird on the slopes of Volcan Barva- Blue Seedeater! Although this finch has a wide range, it is rarely seen (Saturdays bird is only the second I have ever seen in CR). I found number 536 near a riparian corridor with a sizeable bamboo patch. Perhaps even more...
  16. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Despite very little birding done this past weekend, I saw a very nice Prevost's Ground-Sparrow in coffee plantations near the house for species number 535.
  17. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Last weekend, bird 534 came in the form of a calling Tawny-chested Flycatcher at El Copal Biological Reserve. El Copal is a reliable spot for this rare species. The only other reliable site for it is the nearby Rancho Naturalista so I was very pleased to get this one for the year. They no doubt...
  18. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    On my way back from dropping my daughter off at daycare, I picked up bird number 533 for 2011: Hook-billed Kite! Uncommon in Costa Rica, this species is probably a rare breeder in the remnant moist forests and riparian growth of the Central Valley. I noticed it while driving and upon realizing...
  19. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Recent additions to my 2011 list: 529- Black-crowned Night Heron- rather uncommon in Costa Rica, I scoped my 2011 bird during an unsuccessful search for Maskd Duck at Cachi dam. 530-Ochre-breasted Antpitta- Very happy to have gotten this one for the year because it was also a long awaited...
  20. Birdingcraft

    Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list

    Picked up one more bird this past weekend at the Nueva Luna Eco Lodge near La Fortuna- Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher. This small flycatcher is decidely uncommon so 528 was a good one to get.
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