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Costa Rica Day 37 Puerto Jimenez

12th February 2022

This male Mangrove Warbler showed well in, where else, Mangroves with Prothonotary Warblers

The last two days, I’ve been traveling further south towards Puerto Jimenez into the Corcovado region. Staying overnight at Palmar Norte, yesterday morning I was on the 09.30 bus, for what should of been a three hour drive. However, halfway through the journey, the bus broke down. Didn’t find out why but we had to wait for over an hour until a replacement came along to continue our trip to our destination, Puerto Jimenez.

I slept like a baby and was up at the crack of dawn this morning and twenty minutes later, just before 06.00, I arrived at the Puerto Jimenez mudflats, north of the jetty. Already the sun was up and it was starting to get uncomfortable but I found some shade and in the Mangroves it was pretty active and in with the many Yellow, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Oriole, Yellow-throated and Philadelphia Vireo were also Mangrove Hummingbird, Paretic Flycatcher and the star of the show, a stunning male Mangrove Warbler. It looks like a male Yellow Warbler with a dark red head. And not to be outdone, Prothonotary Warbler and there were at least six of these crackers in the area.

My first 3 Mangrove Hummingbird included this female

You can’t come back from Costa Rica without seeing a Prothonotary Warbler

But the star of the show was this male Mangrove Warbler I’ve only seen one before, distantly, during my first to Costa Rica.

This male Yellow Warbler doesn’t look all that impressive when side to side with a Mangrove and Prothonotary Warbler

Using the cover of the Mangroves, I started scanning the waders feeding nearby. It was the same species as from what I saw at Uvita, Semi-palmated Plover, Turnstone, Hudsonian Whimbrel, Least and Spotted Sandpiper and Willet. While there were also 3 Grey Plover, 6 Sanderling, 2 Short-billed Dowitcher and Western Sandpiper. The bonus for me, were 3 Wilson’s Plover as I’ve never seen one before. The tide was coming in fast and as result some 35 Laughing Gull, 20 Royal and 15 Sandwich Tern were all pushed off the sandbar and an Osprey started fishing.

Feeding on the flats included a total of 5 Semipalmated Plover

4 Willet

2 Short-billed Dowitcher

And the only new species of wader were up to 3 Wilson’s Plover

There were also single Reddish and this Tricoloured Heron succesfully catching their prey

One of the many Sandwich Tern fishing close to the shore

And some 35 Laughing Gull resting nearby

Leaving the flats, I headed slightly inland towards the airport and to the east there is an isolated area of prime forest where you can see Cinnamon Barcard. After over an hour, I gave up but other species seen there included a lot of the birds that I saw earlier on as well as White-winged Barcard, Yellow-olive Flycatcher, 2 American Dwarf and single Green Kingfisher and Roadside Hawk. It was later on in the more open areas nearby that encounted quite a few more raptors from Crested Caracara, Common Black and White Hawk and a delight to see were 2 Swallow-tailed Kite. Throughout the day I’ve been carefully looking at the Great-crested Flycatcher hoping that one of them might be the closely related Panama Flycatcher. It was getting onto 15.00 and I was out of water and needed to return to my digs. As I was leaving the park, I spotted a flycatcher with no rufous on the wings or tail and my first Panama Flycatcher showed very well collecting nest material. In a tall Palm, there was also a Crane Hawk feeding on it’s kill. I needed water and a shower and roughly ten minutes later, I was back at the hostel.

Northern Waterthrush

Green Kingfisher

A pair of American Dwarf Kingfisher were breeding nearby

Grey-breasted Martin were resting on the rails of the jetty

Many Great-crested Flycatcher in the areas that I covered

Finally caught up with Panama Flycatcher

Now seen quite a few Crane Hawks in Costa Rica and this one performed really well

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