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Costa Rica Day 11

January 15th 2022

Two very colourful species today including a single Rufous-tailed Jacamar and this Broad-billed Motmot

With a few other early risers, I was up at 06.00 and it was already light. A few seconds after eating breakfast, I was back on the patch and it didn’t disappoint. There were less birds feeding in the weedy field than yesterday but I did kick a White-fronted Crake out, that showed well briefly before creeping deeper into the long grass. I decided to cover the whole of the area today and see what the crack is with the habitat, taking a few hours off at mid-day when the heat can be so intense making it hard work. There was a man-made stream that connected five ponds with the paths criss-crossing each other. The water I guess was coming from the River Danta on the west side. Immediately on entering, a single American Redstart, Masked Tityra, Summer Tanager, Yellow-bellied Eleania and 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak were in the same tree together and on the deck there was a Dark-striped Sparrow. 

There were up to 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak including two males

Dark-striped Sparrow

All the time while I’ve been spending time on the paths, I have not come across anyone until later on in the morning when I bumped into the owner of the land. It turns out that it’s private and it’s not a park. He was very happy for me to continue on observing the area and told me that in two to three months it will become a reserve and will be open to the public. He invited me to his house for a coffee and there I met his family and he continued to tell me his plans for the future of the area. An hour had gone by and I was itching to get back into the new reserve. Immediately just off the path, grovelling on the ground, were 2 Orange-billed Sparrow. Out in the open, a pair of Roadside hawks were on thermals with Turkey and Black Vultures. A male Orchard Oriole came into a tree where there was a pair of White-winged Barcard and Olive-backed Euphonia. I continued along the gravel path and almost walked into 2 Broad-billed Motmot! I had no idea they were there until one made a shot hop to a lower branch when I was almost a meter away from it.

Broad-billed Motmo

There were 2 Orange-billed Sparrow but both birds proved hard together as they spent most of the time grovelling on the deck in cover

 Male and female White-winged Barcard

Female Olive-backed Euphonia

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

It was while resting on the banks of one of the ponds that I caught some movement to my right. A cracking Rufous-tailed Jacamar was perched at the edge of the pond and flew low to otherside where I lost it. I lifted myself up and flushed both an Amazon Kingfisher and Common Pauraque. Two new species of Tanager popped up with the resident Passerini’s, Palm, Grey-blue and lesser numbers of Golden-hooded Tanager. A Silver-throated and a male Crimson-collared Tanager and in the shade there was a Bright-rumped Attila. I could hear a woodpecker nearby getting stuck into a tree, and after a while of searching, I spotted it low down and identified it as a Smoky-brown Woodpecker. Another species that took time to locate after hearing it and sounding like a Carrion Crow, was a male Barred Antshrike. Later, I also caught up with the female and to finish the day off after seeing four new species, I added another in the shape of a 2 Yellow-billed Cacique. The 4 Boat-billed Night Heron were roosting in the same trees but there was no sign of the ibis sp. Got back to the digs and  was ready to cook when I was invited out and a group of eight of us went to a pizza joint just up road. By far the best pizza that I’ve ever eaten!

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Bright-rumped Attila

Male Crimson-collared Tanager

Smoky-brown Woodpecker

Male Barred Antshrike

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