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Costa Rica Day 31 Quepos

6th February 2022

This Philadelphia Vireo was a new species and they were pretty common in the area of Quepos

I arrived in the small Pacific coastal town of Quepos late afternoon yesterday. This being my third visit here and this morning I was awoken by deafening squawking Scarlet Macaws. I was up and out before 06.00, giving me two to three hours of birding before the heat gets to me. In the courtyard of the hostel above me, outnumbering the Turkey and Black Vultures, were Magnificent Frigatebird gracefully circling on thermals. I returned to a track that I followed on my first visit here, over ten year ago, just ten minutes north out of the town. I also passed the hostel where I stayed at the time, which then was only $8 a night. Now it’s $54!! Passing the now, one of the most expressive hostels in town, the birds of note were 5 Blue Grosbeak, 2 Indigo and 3 Painted Bunting feeding with White-collared and Variable Seedeater and Blue-black Grassquits. Shortly afterwards I started getting some new species under my belt. Sky high was a Double-toothed Hawk, quartering the open area like a harrier was a Zone-tailed Hawk, Blue-throated Goldentail and Charming Hummingbird perched and hanging out with good numbers of Yellow, Tennessee Warbler, Northern and Summer Tanager, were lots of Philadelphia Vireo and a single Slaty-headed Tody flycatcher. While trying to get a pic of one of the many Northern Waterthrush and Red-crowned Woodpecker that were in the area, I looked behind to see a Grey-cowled Wood Rail at quick pace along the track and disappearing into a ditch. Ideal! Also had less numbers of Yellow-throated Vireo and single Black and White and Golden-winged Warbler before I returned to my digs as the heat was now getting to me.

Up to 5 Blue Grosbeak including two males. Above with a single Northern Oriole

Also 2 male Indigo Bunting

All 3 Painted Bunting were female and this individual was very obliging

Yellow-throated Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo outnumbered Yellow-throated Vireo

Tennessee Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Good numbers of both Northern and above Orchard Oriole.

The sea breeze cooled me off in the late afternoon as I counted 3 Spotted Sandpiper below on the rocks from the front. Just across the road, I took a track and came across a mixed flock of birds moving through. More Philadelphia and Yellow-throated Vireo, usual yank warblers, 2 Plain Wren and up to 11 Thick-billed Euphonia. Nearby I observed a pair of Scarlet Macaw inspecting a nesting hole in a tall Palm and finished the evening off watching a troop of Squirrel Monkeys on the forest edge near to the hostel.

Boat-billed Kisadee

Some 11 Thick-billed Euphonia were near to the seafront

Just before dark I came across of pair Scarlet Macaw checking out a nesting hole

“Move To A Cheaper Location” Says ex-Tory advisor and Daughter Of Baron To Young People!


Feb 6, 2022

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Brexiter Kirstie Allsopp the daughter of the 6th Baron of Hindlip told young people they need to give up luxuries and move to a cheaper location if they want to buy a house. Kirstie got help from her family to purchase her first home almost 30 years ago when house prices were half of what they are today. By the way, she is a Brexiteer.


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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