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Costa Rica Day 47

22nd February 2022

Male Black-throated Trogon

My last full day and I ended getting up later than I’ve done in the last two months while I’ve been in Costa Rica. 07.07!! A quick shower and I was in the field taking my time along the Cicique trail. After three hours, I was back at base and in that time there were Northern Bentbill, Rose-throated and White-winged Becard, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Flat-billed Ringeye, 2 pairs of Black-throated and Baird’s Trogon and single Black and white Warbler and Yellow-throated Vireo. In the garden, the male Turquise Cotinga turned up with at least 4 Bay-headed Tanager. Normally it’s two of the tanagers that visit. I also added another four species in the space of ten minutes on the garden list. Crested Quan, Fiery-billed Aracari, Red-fronted Parrot and Yellow-olive Flycatcher and both the Black-tailed Flycatcher and 2 Rufous-tailed jacamar were still present.

Rose-throated Becard

This female Black-throated Trogon showed well at head hight

Black-throated Flycatcher

Long-billed Gnatwren

It was quiet on both the La Casa and Banana Trails with the usual stuff, Red-capped Manakin, White-shouldered and Black-cheeked Tanager, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher and Lesson Motmot. Since staying at the hostel, it was mostly cloudy, cooler throughout the day with sunny spells and at 14.00 I found myself back on the trail I was on earlier first thing this morning. First I gave it an hour, hoping to see the tinamou but instead in a tree just above where I saw the game bird yesterday, there was a Striped Treehunter. A short distance away along the trail, there were a mixed flock moving through. Rufous Minour, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Plain Xenops, Spot-winged Antwren, 2 Tawny-crowned and Lesser Greenlet. It was the woodcreepers that stole the show with a new species. In the area where I had the 2 Brown-billed Scythebill yesterday there were a single Wedge-billed and Long-tailed Woodcreeper. This was followed by after seeing my first one yesterday, another Brown-billed Scythebill. However, the sycthebill was pushed aside when a meter away on another tree, I could see a Black-striped Woodcreeper climbing. It was now past 16.00 and it seemed like birds were all over the shop with more or less the same species that I saw earlier. Returned back to hostel and lay in he hammock for the rest of the day.

Another good species in the garden was this Striped Treehunter

Lesson Motmot are all over the shop Mostly heard than seen This individual was in the garden on the jacamars perch

Rufous Mourner

Like the very similar Black-tailed Flycatcher, this Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher is also regularly seen in the area.

Spider sp with egg sack

A map of all the trails from Bolita National Hostel. You can visit for $10 a day but I recommend you stay at the hostel for a few days or longer at least to explore and cover all the trails.

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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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