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Costa Rica trip help please (1 Viewer)

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
I’ve just started my two week trip to Costa Rica and I know I’m going to need a lot of help over the next two weeks. Bear with me as I’m an old world birder.

My first photos are rubbish. Taken from my hotel window in San Jose. It should be a Baltimore oriole as it had an oriole’s bill. The first one was the female, but it appeared to have a small black throat. Then what I thought was a male and managed an even worse picture.
 

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bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
Here are some more.
1. Tortuguero. Is a trogon. Believe it’s black-throated.
2. Arenal. Tropical kingbird?
3. Scaly-breasted?
4 and 5 are the same bird. Not sure
6 and 7 are the same bird
8. Black-headed Saltator
9. Rufous mourner

Thanks in advance
 

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Andy Adcock

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Cyprus
Your suggestions are all mixed up

1 Is Black-headed Saltator.

6 and 7 (the Kingbird) are clearly not the same bird.

8 Is the Trogon, no book here with me so can't help further than that.
 
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THE_FERN

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Your suggestions are all mixed up

1 Is Black-headed Saltator.

6 and 7 (the Kingbird) are clearly not the same bird.

8 Is the Trogon, no book here with me so can't help further than that.
Suspect this is due to pictures appearing in a different order on different devices. Safe way is to refer to images by name not order...

...633D is female black-throated trogon (blue eye ring)
...BC7 black-headed saltator
...6E8 tropical kingbird
...CAF might be rufous mourner but I can't be sure from this picture (e.g. any pink on bill base is obscured)
...1BB/AAU (if this is the same) crowned woodnymph
 

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
Suspect this is due to pictures appearing in a different order on different devices. Safe way is to refer to images by name not order...

...633D is female black-throated trogon (blue eye ring)
...BC7 black-headed saltator
...6E8 tropical kingbird
...CAF might be rufous mourner but I can't be sure from this picture (e.g. any pink on bill base is obscured)
...1BB/AAU (if this is the same) crowned woodnymph
Oh yes. All mixed up. Thanks for those. Still not sure about he hummingbird on …AA7
 

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
Here are some more

All around Arenal


B4F2 looks like a white collared seedeater
2ADA I’m assuming is a ruddy ground dove
2F2E is a white tipped?
E69A and 25C1 are the same one.
 

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THE_FERN

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Think you're correct...

E69A and 25C1 is most likely red-billed pigeon. In my experience the bicoloured (yellow tipped) bill can be difficult to see
 

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
Awaiting our flight back at the hotel buena vista outside San Jose, I saw a couple of new world warblers in the hotel gardens. Only one did I see very well but no photograph. I initially thought it was a yellow warbler as I’d seen a few during the previous two weeks. But I noticed it didn’t have any streaking on the breast. I then saw that it had dark wings with two very prominent wing bars and a dark tail. Looking at the field guide I had a pretty good idea what it was but it seems particularly rare in that area. I wonder if anyone can make a suggestion and see if it collaborates with mine.
 

birdmeister

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United States
Awaiting our flight back at the hotel buena vista outside San Jose, I saw a couple of new world warblers in the hotel gardens. Only one did I see very well but no photograph. I initially thought it was a yellow warbler as I’d seen a few during the previous two weeks. But I noticed it didn’t have any streaking on the breast. I then saw that it had dark wings with two very prominent wing bars and a dark tail. Looking at the field guide I had a pretty good idea what it was but it seems particularly rare in that area. I wonder if anyone can make a suggestion and see if it collaborates with mine.
Sounds like you were thinking of Blue-winged Warbler?
 

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
Knowing your opinion would both provide a good starting point and enable people to target/tailor their answer in a way that is most helpful to you. People are capable of thinking (fairly!) independently.
Ok. I felt it was a blue-winged warbler, but I have no experience of this species and to be honest very little experience of American warblers.
 

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
Yes. The upper side of the tail was dark. The same side as the wings. I can’t say I noticed the underside
 
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THE_FERN

Well-known member
Quite likely blue-winged warbler. Suggest it's quite distinctive although (of course) it hybridises extensively with golden-winged warbler.
 

bonxie2003

Going for the One
United Kingdom
I had to write a rare bird report when I filled it in on eBird, which made me panic a bit, particularly as I saw it in a garden.
 

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