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Costa Rica Day 63

9th March 2022

Before I leave Costa Rica, when ever that will be, I wanted to get an image of the elusive Mourning Warbler and today, with three individuals new in, this male gave me that opportunity on the west side.

Not a bad day at all with another two patch ticks including a lifer. Long-tailed Hermit and the new species, Plain-coloured Tanager. New arrivals included, a slight increase in both Yellow and Tennessee Warbler, a single Wood Thrush, up to 3 Mourning and a female Golden-winged Warbler, 5 Yellow-olive Flycatcher and the second sighting of Ochre-bellied Flycatcher. The 2 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher were still in the same areas and a kinda of surprise was that the Willow Flycatcher was still under the east tall mallows. Although I haven’t birded that area in the last two days but no sign of the Purple Gallinule.

Every morning, I set off to the patch across the road from the hostel I’m staying at. And you can never predict how it’s goin to go and today I really thought that things just might slow down a little with no added species to the patch. But it was not to be and I started out with at the West Pond chasing around for, guess what? Another bloody Empidonax flycatcher! However, I strongly suspected what species it was goin to be in the glimpse I got before it disappeared. Over an hour later and for my effort, 3 White-winged Dove and Red-billed Pigeon flew overhead and I kicked a Common Pauraque without knowing it was there. I also got a single Ovenbird, Wood Thrush and a male and 2 female Mourning Warbler and the first Yellow-olive Flycatcher sighted on the west side of the patch. All migrants new in today, although I did not cover this area yesterday. I gave up on the flycatcher and walked under the tall mallows and there was the Willow Flycatcher as I knew that was what it was goin to be. With that flycatcher sorted, I took a look to see if the Striped Owl had returned to it’s roosting tree and it had! Opposite the owl, the Boat-billed Heron was fast asleep.

It appears as though Common Pauraque are breeding in good numbers on the patch

The first time that I’ve recorded a Yellow-olive Flycatcher on the west side of the patch as all the others have all been on the opposite side on the east.

This rare Willow Flycatcher has now been on the patch for a week now when it first turned up just ahead of the storm

The Striped Owl was back in it’s roosting tree on the wset side

For the first time in two days, I thought that I better cover the center and ponds. Only the usual species involved including both the Tropical Pewee still present at north perimeter and the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher now on the border with the center and banana plantation. In the primary forest, it turned out to be pretty good with a Long-tailed Hermit added to the patch list. It showed well but was to fast for the camera and gone. Also, the second and third record of Ochre-bellied Flycatcher and Bright-rumped Attila respectively were nearby. However, yesterdays 2 Rufous Motmot were replaced in the same area by 2 Broad-billed Motmot and their were 4 Summer Tanager and still 2 Yellow-olive Flycatcher but no sign of yesterday Long-tailed Woodcreeper.

From the 3 Tropical Pewee yesterday, only the long staying individual remained where it has been present for over two months now at the North perimeter.

The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher had moved deeper into the banana plantation.

In the forest, I came across the second patch record of Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

And the third sighting of Bright-rumped Attila

There were up to 4 Summer Tanager altogether

Through the forest, the 2 Orange-billed Sparrow were grovelling in the leaf litter and high up in canopy I spotted only the second record on the patch of Broad-winged Hawk. It was getting onto 16.00 and time I should hit the river where it proved pretty productive including a lifer! There were another 2 Yellow-olive Flycatcher together giving it a high total of five individuals. The 2 Broad-billed Motmot were still hanging out in the same tree as the 2 Rufous-tailed Jacamar and a mix flock of yank warblers moving quickly through included Chestnut-sided and Yellow, single Black and White and a pair of Golden-winged Warbler. But it was a mixed flock of tanager that got my attention when I noticed with them were 2 Plain-coloured Tanager. This is one species that I’ve been hoping would turn up on the patch. Also present were a pair of Blue-black Grosbeak, a single Masked Tityra and Fiery-billed Aracari, all species with less than three records on site and a Cinnamon Becard is more than likely the individual from last week.

Only the second patch sighting of Broad-winged Hawk was high up in the canopy of the forest.

The 2 Broad-billed Motmot were still hanging out by the river while two new birds were in the forest continuing the influx of motmots on the patch

So pleased in these 2 Plain-coloured Tanagers turning up on the patch after getting tired of goin through all the tanagers everyday

A pair of Blue-black Grosbeak included this female

Just a record shot but Black and white Warbler are somethin else and to see them daily with the other yank warblers brightens up your day.

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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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