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Birdingcrafts 2011 Costa Rica list (1 Viewer)

Birdingcraft

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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.
 

Birdingcraft

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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 accomplishing this although several expected species were no-shows. The birds I did manage to tick for 2011 were:
569. Acadian Flycatcher- several of these migrants were around.
570. Eastern Kingbird- got one of these just in time as most have passed through already.
571. Yellow-billed Cuckoo- saw 2!
572. Bay-breasted Warbler- several of these migrants were around.
573. Mississippi Kite- several migrating with thousands of Broadwings, Swainson's Hawks, and Turkey Vultures. Also had several Peregrines, Merlins, and Ospreys for spectacular raptor migration.
574. Northern Harrier- Picked up this uncommon migrant out of a kettle of Broadwings.
575. White-necked Puffbird- I had hoped for this one.
576. Chestnut-colored Woodpecker- another target.
577. Purple Martin- Just managed to see a few of the tail end migrants.
578. Gray Catbird- was hoping for this one!
579. Red-breasted Blackbird- connected with this target in rice fields near La Pavona.
580. Bobolink- a rare bird in Costa Rica! Fantastic to get this species in rice fields near La Pavona.
 

Birdingcraft

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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 list.
582. Blue-footed Booby: an immature bird from the ferry was a good one to get for the year.
583. American Coot: not so common in Costa Rica, got one at a small pond at a golf course.
584. Long-billed Starthroat: Unexpected and a overdo for the year.
585. Plain-breasted Ground-Dove: Best bird of the trip! An uncommon species in Costa Rica and new for my country list as well.
586. Northern Scrub Flycatcher: Pygmy owl calls at the edge of mangroves brought this one into view.

Just 14 more to go to hit 600! I don't have much time to look for birds so it's going to be close! At least it's a good year for ducks so that might help.
 

Birdingcraft

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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 illegal hunters), I still managed to get 7 new species for the year.

These were:

587. White-tailed Hawk- Had great looks at 3 of these uncommon raptors.
588. Snail Kite- Several of these in the Tempisque wetlands.
589. Northern Pintail- Was happy to get this uncommon species (for Costa Rica at least).
590. Lesser Scaup- Seem to be a number of these around this year.
591. Limpkin- Nice bonus bird! Had two of these.
592. Cinnamon Teal- One stood out among the numerous Blue-winged Teals.
593. Common Moorhen- Just one but that was all I needed.

So, just 7 more to go and 3 weeks left to do it! If I get really lucky, I will hit 600 when participating in a Christmas count at Veragua Rainforest Center on the southern Caribbean slope. This is a little known, rather new site that has excellent forest and a good chance at Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Great Potoo, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Crested and Vermiculated Screech Owls, Sulpher-rumped Tanager, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and White-flanked Antwren. There are also other, rarer possibilities I could get there so I just might reach my goal. At the same time, given the uncertainties associated with birding in diverse tropical habitats and the chance of getting rained out, I am fully aware that I might only get a few new birds for the year. However, with just 7 to go, I am certainly within striking distance even if I only pick up 4 new species there.
 

Birdingcraft

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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 Costa Rica. Lots of forest, White-fronted Nunbirds and Purple-throated Fruitcrows are still common, Great Potoo and several other night birds are very likely, and it's also a good site for rarities such as Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Gray-headed Piprites, and Speckled Mourner.

I will write more about the place on other occasions at my blog. For now, I will just list my year birds:

594. Rufous-winged Tanager: Fairly common at Veragua.
595. Great Potoo: Heard at least two and amazing looks at a calling bird near the parking lot- there most nights apparently.
596. Chestnut-collared Swift: Still needed this one for 2011!
597. Snowy Cotinga: Saw at least 5 from an overlook at Brisas de la Jungla, our site for the count.
598. Plain-brown Woodcreeper: One at Brisas de la Jungla.
599. Purple-throated Fruitcrow: Heard some at Brisas de la Jungla and at Veragua.
600. Blue-headed Parrot: Two perched birds on the road to Veragua were my 600th species for the year!
601. Crested Owl: Heard and seen near the parking lot. Also there most nights!
602: Bare-necked Umbrellabird: Fantastic looks at a male in a fruiting tree at Veragua. Regular there outside of the breeding season.

I might get one or two more species for the year but now that I have reached my goal, I'm not going to worry about it.
 

Birdingcraft

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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 looks at Cerro Lodge.
606. White-crested Coquette- A female seen along the road above Bijagual. At least 3 (and maybe more) were seen during the Carara Christmas count. As this bird is almost never recorded there, it is apparently a good year for them in the area.
607. Tawny-winged Woodcreeper- Excellent close looks at an antswarm along the river trail at Carara.

I doubt I will get anything else before the year ends but who knows!
 

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