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Costa Rica Day 61

7th March 2022

At last, the River Otter, very briefly showed itself in the shallow part of the North Pond giving the opportunity for to get a decent image before it clocked on that I was present and it made it’s get away.

Only two patch ticks today, 2 Grey-chested Dove and a single Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher. The doves have probably arrived with the numbers of White-winged Dove and Red-billed Pigeon dispersing, including 2 Pale-vented Pigeon, that moved through the patch during the stormy weather that hit us in the last few days. It will be interesting to see in the next weeks to come, if there will be more sightings of Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher on site as they migrant north. Most of the migrants had moved out overnight with no sign of the Willow and Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, less numbers of both Northern Oriole and Yellow and Tennessee Warbler but there was a slight increase of Chestnut-sided Warbler and Dusky-capped Flycatcher. However, I didn’t have time to bird the center of the patch despite being down there all day. Never thought I would be saying this, but there appeared to be a mini arrival of motmots including up to 3 Broard-billed Motmot and only the second site record of Keel-billed Motmot. No sign of the yesterdays second patch record of Rufous Motmot which I guess now, was involved with the dispersal of all these motmots that arrived on the patch.

I was out in field on the patch an hour earlier than yesterday, 08.00. It was a very slow start and after two hours, I arrived at the river and I had seen nothin of note, except for the Dark-striped Sparrow under the west tall mallows and there were now 2 Tropical Pewee on the north perimeter. There was no sign of the Striped Owl unfortunately nearby on the east side. I returned the way I had just walked from the river and as I passed the North Pond, the Purple Gallinule was flushed out of the thicket by the River Otter. Settling down and I didn’t have to wait long before it was out swimming in the open. Out of sight, it rested in the shallow waters to the east side and I crept up to it along the path. I managed to get a few pics that I was happy with but it soon disappeared when it saw me.

There was only the one Dark-striped Sparrow under the west tall mallows

This Tropical Pewee wintered on the patch and has been in the same area at the north perimeter since day one when I arrived and for the second time in over a month, it was joined by another individual for just a single day.

The River Otter performed well at the North Pond

An hour later I was back at the river where there were now a single American Redstart, probably new in, Black and White Warbler, Yellow-Olive Flycatcher and the first patch tick of the day, 2 Grey-chested Dove. More evidence of species new in was when I reached the edge of the primary forest. Here, I scanned the trees with my naked eye for a good twenty minutes and was rewarded with a Keel-billed Motmot followed shortly afterwards by a Broad-billed Motmot. The 2 Rufous-tailed Jacamar and male Golden-winged Warbler and a single Smoky-brown Woodpecker were in the forest and nearby, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was still present on the border with the banana plantation, the male Fasciated Antshrike was very vocal and the only Wood Thrush on the patch for a week now, was still in the area near the garden. At the latter site I had 2 Yellow-Olive Flycatcher and sitting on eggs, a Common Pauraque.

I guess the 2 Grey-chested Dove by the river were part of the movement of White-winged Dove and Red-billed and Pale-vented Pigeon that were also brought down by the storm.

I’ve been spoiled in the last two days by the arrival of motmots including this Keel-billed Motmot. A single individual back in January is the only other record on the patch.

If only the Keel-billed Motmot came lower down like this Broad-billed Motmot did in the forest

The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was still present on the border of the banana plantation

This male Golden-winged Warbler is the only individual that’s stayed on out of the three that wintered on the patch

Like the warbler above, this Wood Thrush is the only individual that has not moved on like the other three birds have that wintered on the patch

At the river, I observed the pair of other Rufous-tailed Jacamar bounding together again and above them in the same tree were 2 more Broad-billed Motmot. Out of the blue, it got crazy when an adult Grey Hawk took out a Cherry-rumped Tanager on the opposite side of the river from me where there was also the Buff-rumped Warbler. Returning back to the North Pond, the next patch tick was a single Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher in the blooming trees where it was on show very briefly and there were the 2 Orange-billed Sparrow at the north perimeter. My plan was to return to my digs for some grub at around about 13.00, but before I knew it, time had passed me that it was now coming onto 16.00 and had not even birded the center of the patch!

These pair of Rufous-tailed Jacamar were doing a lot of bonding with the male passing over a butterfly that it had just caught to the female

And just above the jacamars in the same tree were 2 more Broad-billed Motmot

This adult Grey Hawk was just about to get stuck into a tanager that it had just killed

The first sighting of a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher for the patch was near to the North Pond and in the next coming weeks I’m expecting there be others moving through

In the last two months, I’ve been seeing just a single Yellow-olive Flycatcher on site but today there were a total of 3 birds.

And also, Dusky-capped Flycatcher have increased from 3-4 daily and today there were at least 7-8 individuals.

There were 2 Golden-olive Woodpecker but this one was the only one that showed very well

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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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