A great birding week part 3
On Tuesday, John and Marcia Anderson and I went to El rey, they had gone there already on Saturday afternoon but I offered to take them to see if we were able to find something else for their list, glad we did. We got green breasted mango which is common here now and I was estranged they didnt see it on their first trip to El rey. Other new species for their CR list were indigo bunting, bright rumped attila, dickcissels which was the second time Marcia had seen them in her life, shining cowbird which you really have to know what you are looking for as there are some very few shinings hanging with hundreds of similar looking bronzed cowbirds.
There we saw 48 different species in about 2hr15min, not bad, El rey is always productive.
On Wednesday 15th I picked up Mr John Strand at 5:30am, a Swedish birder, a keen and avid birder who I have the pleasure to bird with during a full day in the surroundings of Manuel Antonio.
We went to Esquipulas first, were we had a great morning with 65 species total, this place is great for manakins and often produces some various raptors, king vulture and black haw-eagle are often seen, nonetheless while we had good luck with the birds we saw very few raptors, only a Swallow-tailed Kite and a Short-tailed Hawk, aside from the 2 vulture species of course.
After 11:30ish we went to La Gallega river which is half way between Quepos and Esquipulas, this place offers very specific birds; Red breasted blackbird, tropical mockingbird, southern lapwing and collared plover, as well as some swallows and other common birds related to river habitats, we saw all we were looking except the collared plover.
Great Crested Flycatcher
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
After lunch we went to El rey and saw about 55 species from 1:45pm to about 4:00pm, including a new-to me tricolored Munia, a bird in the Estrildidae family which has been seen in this site as well as other localities close to Quepos but it has been eluding me for so long until now. We saw 5 individuals.
55 species total
Little Blue Heron
At the end of the day, John and I must had seen little more than 100 bird species total, a a lifer for me!
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