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Costa Rica Day 69

16th March 2022

I forgot to add this image of a male Mangrove Warbler at Peruto Jimence nearly a month ago.

This morning at 08.30, I was picked up by Nelson, one of the sons of the land-owner of the patch, CIaudio, and driven to the Sky Adventure at Arenal. Here we met up with Ramano Salazar, who I met for the first time last night while I was at Nelson’s house, and Ramano invited me to come and see his stingless bees. The most species of stingless bees together in the world! It is set up just near to the entrance of the Sky Adventure and I discovered so much about these bees which I will cover in a later post. It was while being shown the 36 species of these tiny bees by Ramano that I could hear a species of bird that I’ve been listening out for whenever I visited the Arenal area. 2 Thicket Antpitta were vocal to each other and one individual was very close by. I told Ramano that I’ll was gona leave him and the other folk toeing along, to it and catch up with them later. I was almost on top of the antpitta but could not see it hidden deep in cover? For the next hour, I sat there patiently and I did get a brief glimpse as it came out into the open only for it to disappear again. My legs were stiff from crouching down in the tangled mess and what I had observed, I was very happy with. I returned to the main path where there were of note, a single Bay-headed Tanager, Tropical Pewee, 2 Tropical Parula, 2 Long-tailed Tyrannant, and 9 Swallow-tailed Kite. I re-joined the guys and then it was time to head back to the digs for a bite to eat

Love Perula’s and 2 Tropical Parula’s showed superbly while listening to the 2 Thicket Antpitta

Tropical Pewee

There were also up to 2 Long-tailed Ttrunnent

Violet-headed Hummingbird

I ended the last two hours of the day at the patch to find 2 Vaux’s Swift, Black-cowled Oriole, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, the Boat-billed Heron, the Wood Thrush, the Willow Flycatcher, and new in, the third Acadian Flycatcher in the chocolate plantation.

I believe that this might be the only record of Willow Flycatcher this year so far in Costa Rica making it a mega for the patch followed by the 4 Chimney Swift I observed in February during a very large influx of swift on the patch of 6 different species

Only the third Acadian Flycatcher for the patch was in the chocolate plantation

Chestnut-sided Warbler

The Boat-billed Heron awake for a change

Black-cowled Oriole

There are two pairs of Bananaquit breeding on the patch

Volcano Arenal looking down on the patch

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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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