Dia Tres - ¿Qué hora es?

5:15am Yellowish Flycatcher

I know the early bird gets the first worm, but I don't like worms and I'm far more of a cocktail hour birder, enjoying nature as it settles in for the night after which I can settle in for dinner.

Yet here we are, getting ready for our first Costa Rican bird walk despite any second thoughts about the comfortable pillows we left behind.

Such affections diminished within 10 minutes of the journey.  Raúl, our capable guide, led us to a few sites where we might catch a glimpse of the aptly-named Resplendent Quetzal and along the way, introduced us to a bevy of new birds including the Elegant Trogon (both male and female).

Raúl's knowledge of the region's flora and fauna was incredible and no accident -- not only did he grow up on this land, but the mountain lodge was the vision of his forward-thinking grandfather who still lives on the property.  Those few moments of not spotting birds or peppering him with plant questions included tales of his family and their connection to this unique landscape.

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Turkey Vulture   IMG_9788web  Green Violet-ear   Acorn Woodpecker     IMG_9784web   Rufous-collared Sparrow

Thanks to our new friend, we were able to see -- and identify -- a vast number of forest birds:

  • Flame-colored Tanager
  • Silver-throated Tanager
  • Spangled-cheek Tanager
  • Emerald Toucanet
  • Elegant Trogon
  • Clay-colored Robin
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Yellowish Flycatcher
  • Sulphur-winged Parakeet
  • Black Phoebe
  • Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
  • Blue-and-white Swallow
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Black-faced Solitaire
  • Sooty Robin
  • Violet Saberwing
  • Violet-eared Hummingbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Green Violet-ear
  • Scintillant Hummingbird (plus saw its little nest!)
  • Collared Redstart
  • Common Bush Tanager
  • White-throated Mountain Gem
  • Ruddy Nightengale Thrush
  • Ruddy Woodpecker
  • Torrent Tyrannulet
  • Volcano Hummingbird
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow
  • Yellow-thighed Finch
  • Black-and-yellow Silky Flycatcher

Collared Redstart