January 26th 2022
Cracking record for the patch was this female Blue Grosbeak in the NE corner
Yesterday, I returned to La Fortuna with Graham after spending six days on his patch near to San Ramon, La Virgen, that he’s been observing since the end of December. This morning, I was itching to get onto my own patch and with in five minutes of entering, just after 06.00, I got a surprise. I kicked a Bare-throated Tiger Heron out on the east edge of the weedy field. Surprised because of the habitat I flushed it out of as they normally hang out on rivers or ponds. I’ve always seen tiger herons of both species on rivers. The weedy field itself still held good numbers of grassquit and Collared Seedeater with single figures of both Indigo Bunting and Dickcessel. On the west pool there were now 2 Green Heron and not including the individual in bad shape, 2 new Green Ibis. Nearby there were only the 2 Boat-billed Night Heron and it was looking like it was goin to be the same species as usual after an hour including all three species of the kingfisher that were heard and seen all over the shop. In the centre of the reserve, an Osprey flew low over the water and the Rufous-tailed Jacamar was still present. In the NE corner there’s an area of, what appears to be some kind of Mallow, but not like the plants back home. These ones are tall that you can walk under. Wood Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Mourning, Tennessee and Yellow Warbler can always be found here and maybe something new in. On this occasion it was a female Blue Grosbeak that put on good show for a few minutes before I lost it.
Like many of the North American species observed, Rose-breasted Grosbeak are seen daily in ones and twos
Not so pretty as the other grosbeak but by far the rarest, being a first for the patch, was this female Blue Grosbeak.
Female Collared Seedeater
Green Kingfisher in the shade
Later in the afternoon, I returned and started at the south end where on the perimeter there is an edge of primary forest looking over the chocolate plantation. After seeing one everyday in Graham’s garden, a male White-collard Manikin, out of nowhere, perched just above me head! Another new species for the patch after the grosbeak and this was followed by the second record of Bright-rumped Atilla. There were also Olive-green Flycatcher, Black and White, Golden-winged and many Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo and 3 Greyish Saltator in the area. Just before I left to return back to my digs, I spotted a Common Pauraque on the deck just off the path. Also found the hole where the Yellow-throated Toucans ar breeding after Claudio telling me earlier.
From nowhere this male Collared Manikin jumped up in front of me very briefly
The first Yellow-throated Vireo for the patch was feeding with yank warblers
Yellow-throated Taugan protecting it’s nest
The main path at the east end of the patch
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