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Costa Rica Day 62

8th March 2022

This Blue-throated Goldentail was not just a patch tick but also a lifer down by the river

A good day with two lifers, Long-tailed Woodcreeper and Blue-throated Goldentail. The former species is a very rare woodcreeper in this area. The mini influx of the motmots continued with now 2 Rufous Motmot.

I decided to try the edge of the primary forest first goin anti-clockwise around the patch instead of clockwise. I arrived just after 08.00 and stayed in the area of the forest for over five hours with an hour near to the river. The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was still present at the banana plantation but in the forest, I could hear a lek of White-collard Makin and discovered 4 males and a single female. I spotted the Rufous Motmot from two days ago and as it flew high up into the canopy, it was joined by another individual. This tying in nicely with the arrival of now up to six motmots in the last two days. 3 Broad-billed, 2 Rufous and a single Keel-billed Motmot, but there was no sign of the latter species in the very small pocket of forest. The Black and White and Golden-winged Warbler and Wood Thrush were still hanging around.

There were 2 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher today, a single by the river and this individual still present near to the banana plantation for it’s third day.

I only saw my first Rufous Motmot two days ago during the mini influx of motmots on the patch and today there were two birds together

At the river there were both the 2 Rufous-tailed Jacamar and from yesterday, the 2 Broad-billed Motmot. A hummingbird perched above me and immediately I could see that it was a Blue-throated Bluetail. A lifer and it flew off when I switched to my camera from my bins. I hung around for a good forty five minutes and as a result I got another Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the other side of the river. Also moving through were 2 Lesser Greenlet, now 2 Yellow-olive Flycatcher and the American Redstart was still present. On the river was the Buff-rumped Warbler. Then finally the hummingbird returned very briefly before buzzing off again.

A very vocal Blue-throated Goldentail was by the river

One of the 2 Broad-billed Motmot down by the river.

I returned to the forest where I got a glimpse of another Empidonax flycatcher that got away before I could get anythin on it. The 2 Rufous Motmot with 3 Summer Tanagers and a single Yellow-olive Flycatcher, were still in the same area but it was a woodcreeper that got me running around. At first, by size, I thought it was goin to be a Wedge-billed Woodcreeper but I could clearly see that the bill was too long. Long-tailed Woodcreeper! It flew into the darkest part of the forest and as a result, I just managed to get record shots before it disappeared to where I could no longer reach it. Two new birds I’ve never seen before in the space of over two hours! Ideal! It was time to get out of the forest as the mossies’ were driving me crazy. It was now nearing to 15.00 and as I was content with what I had observed, I was ready to go back to my digs without covering the ponds and the rest of the patch. What did I miss out on? I did kick a Common Pauraque by mistake only for it to come down again almost at my feet and I got a single Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift before I reached the hostel as well.

Record shots were all I could could get on this rare Long-tailed Woodcreeper before it flew off I’ll try again tomorrow

Common Pauraque

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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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