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Costa Rica Day 13

January 17th 2022

Great day out on the patch! Many highlights including this stonking male Painted Bunting

Claudio, the owner of the reserve, that I’ve now been birding for the last four days, showed me around his land. Although I had covered the 6 hectares many times over, just in one morning, I was so pleased that we had a stroll together . Unfortunately, the language barrier played a big part in communications. Claudo carried a big stick with him and he started poking around in the leaf litter and within a few minutes, he picked up a blue and red Strawberry Poisoned Arrow Frog. This was followed by a larger Green and Black Poisoned Frog with crazy patterns all over its body. We came to a group of palms and there roosting in the shelter under the large leaves were Bats that I had walked past probably five or six times in a single day since day one. After an hour, Claudio return to his house, where he discovered another roost of bats that is at the entrance of the reserve and I continued to bird the area. It didn’t take long until I started adding on new species that I had never seen before. As I approached the weedy field, the flock of grassquits and seedeaters got up and with them 3 Indigo Bunting and 6 Dickcissel.

Strawberry Poisoned Arrow Frog

Green and Black Poisoned Frog

Claudio also showed me two roost of bats sheltering under the large over-hanging Palm leaves

Up to 6 Dickcessel were hanging out in the large weedy field including this male

A surprise was the tiny Olivaceous Piculat. Surprise because looking at the range of this species in the guide shows it to be only in the SW and NE of Costa Rica and this individual appeared to be carrying food. Both a Mourning Warbler and Ovenbird were feeding on the deck. The latter species I’ve seen back home on Scilly and many times in CR. But a stunning male Painted Bunting is a species I spent a lot of time, unsuccessfully, trying to see while in the US a few year back. The bunting flew up from grovelling on the ground into the open where I got very good views. Also Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Plain Xenops, and male Red-thighed Dacnis. It was good day for flycatchers with Yellow-bellied, Least, Grey-headed, Yellow-olive Flycatcher and Tropical Pewee. All new species and a Rufous Mourner was also added. Darkness was approaching and the moseys were out in force. A small group of Smooth-billed Ani came in but it was while returning from the NE end of the reserve that I got a brief but cracking views of a Russet-napped Wood Rail! It was in a ditch below me and I had no idea it was there until I was almost on top of the rail. It grunted as it climbed up the bank at some pace into deep cover and following it were two young!! I guess this is a good record to come across breeding Russet-napped Wood Rail in Costa Rica. After kicking a Common Pauraque in front of me off the main path, I ran out as fast as I could to escape the blood suckers.

At last I’ve connected with a cracking male Painted Bunting after missing out when in the states

Rufous-winged Woodpecker

Rufous Mourner

Tropical Peewee

Yellow-olive Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Grey-headed Flycatcher

Male Red-thighed Dacnis

Smooth-billed Ani

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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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