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Costa Rica Day 42-45

17th-20th February 2022

This corker, male Red-capped Manakin showed superbly just a minutes walk from my dorm after a male appeared in the hostel garden a few days ago

As I’ve had no power to charge my laptop until the 20th, I didn’t write any notes down. Also, I had to be careful when using my camera as I couldn’t charge them up until the 20th as well. Therefore I didn’t take as many pics as would of liked to. Anyways, this morning a mixed flock of tanagers, warblers and wooodcreepers ventured into the garden adding a few new species to the list including, Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Dot-winged Antwren, Squirrel Cuckoo and Ovenbird. A male Tuequise Cotinga showed briefly. A stroll along the Banana Trail and I came across a lek of Red-capped Manakin only a minute from my dorm. One of the males showed superbly out in the open before disappearing into cover to continue showing off in the lek. Leaving the manakins, I made the ten minute walk up hill and sat down next to a Orange-collared Manakin lek that I discovered two days ago and had some superb close encounters with these beauties. There’s also a lek just out of sight in the garden but you can hear that they are there throughout.

What a stunner this male Red-capped Manakin is

All male makakins are stunning including these Orange-collared Manakin at a lek

An hour after being on the latter trail and seeing the usual common species, I past the hostel and continued onto the Cicique Trail and it was in the shady area where I picked up a couple of new birds. A brief Scaley-breasted Leaftosser and a unusual showy Scaley-breasted Wren out in the open. Also present were a pair of Black-throated Trogon, 3 Plain Xenops, 2 female Rose-throated Becard, 2 buff-throated foliage cleaner and a single White-whiskered Puffbird and Long-tailed Woodcreeper.

The elusive Scaly-breasted Wren

Female Rose-throated Becard

Male Black-throated Trogon

Long-tailed Woodcreeper

White-whiskered Puffbird

Charming and Blue-throated Hummingbird are common along the Cicique Trail only

I had to get to the office at the village of Dos Brozo to gather the rest of my food that I left behind in the fridge. They don’t have a fridge at the hostel as the electric can’t take somethin so large. At mid-afternoon, a thirty minute walk away, all down hill on the La Casa Trail, I crossed the river and cracked open a melon from the office fridge. I ate half of it and with the rest of my food, started the treck back to the hostel. It was almost dark and just before I hit the river, I looked to my left to clearly see a Speckled Owl, half hidden, perched in tree. I dropped everythin and grabbed my camera out of my bag and took a few record shots. Great way to end the day and later that night I also heard the Crested Owl to the south in the distance.

So pleased in discovering this Speckled Owl near to the river just north of the village Dos Brozo on my return back to the hostel

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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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