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Costa Rica Day 12

January 16th 2022

I passed this Black Phoebe by the side of the road while cycle twitching the Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo at Arenal Observatory Lodge

Yesterday, Martin Goodey let me know that there was a Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo at Arenal Observatory Lodge showing well on the Waterfall Trail. I had no idea what one looked like but after have a look in the guide, it was enough for me to hire a bike for a day at only £6 from the hostel. Heavy rain overnight continued well into the morning and I found myself setting off two hours later than I wanted to. It was gone 09.00 when I started the 16 mile cycle twitch east, on the road out of La Fortuna towards Lake Arenal. Makes a change to twitching in my kayak back home. I had done close to ten miles and had already had four brief rests to get in the shade as I was out in open to the sun that was killing me! I gave up and slowly returned to the digs and as usual when hiring a car while I’m traveling, took detours off the main road and started to explore the area. One I took was only a few miles from town and as a result by a river, I saw Black Phoebe and Buff-rumped Warbler with a vocal Bay Wren that showed briefly and nearby there were a pair of Tawny-capped Euphonia. The two latter species were firsts for me but the warbler I’ve only seen in Peruvian Amazon when worked out there some seven years ago.

Male Tawny-capped Euphonia

Buff-rumped Warbler

Dark-capped Flycatcher

Northern Oriole

Another stop near to town produced another new species with single Black-hooded Antshrike and White-winged Barcard. Also present were Black and White, Yellow and Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart and Olive-backed and Yellow-throated Euphonia. As I approached town, I had no idea where I was until I recognised the hostel I stayed at on my second visit to La Fortuna some five year ago at the SE end. By the time I returned to the digs it was dark and I was ready for some grub!

Male White-winged Barcard

Male Black-hooded Antshrike

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

American Redstart

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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