Another couple of short walks at the weekend added the latest ever first CHIFFCHAFF (71) on Sunday 7th. Other birds included 3 COMMON BUZZARDS and 3 KESTREL, MARSH TIT, COAL TIT and a NUTHATCH carrying mud to a potential new home. Hopefully the weekend will bring a few more birds as there is another guided walk on Saturday.
We stayed at 6 different hotels in the 2 weeks and enjoyed the drives between each place seeing a lot of the country, great mountains, volcanoes, jungles and wetlands. I'm not going to try to list all the birds of which we managed just over 200 species but I will just mention a few, with pics of a few too.
After a night in San Jose where CLAY COLOURED ROBIN (national bird) nested in the hotel garden we headed to Sarapiqui and a small hotel that had some nice grounds which we duly explored, the highlights here where the one tree that had nesting LONG TAILED TYRANT, COLLARED ARACARI and BLACK CHEEKED WOODPECKER and the appearance of the beautiful GREEN HONEYEATER. STRAWBERRY POISON DART FROG was something else we were really excited to see, they are tiny!!
The pics below were all taken just in the hotel garden although we did visit a local Natinal Park as well.
|Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, the most common Hummer on the trip|
|Golden Hooded Tanager, another stunner just seen here and at Arenal|
|Passerinis Tanager, common in the north and east|
|Keel Billed Toucan, I'm always amazed by that beak!!|
|Yellow Faced Grassquit|
|Long Tailed Tyrants|
|Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, it was a bit dark so the ISO was very high for this shot as you can see.|