A great birding week part 3

Scarlet macaw at Carara national park.

 

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.

Common black hawk, formerly called mangrove BH

 

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.

Long billed hermit formerly known as long tailed hermit

 

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Short-tailed Hawk
Gray-necked Wood-Rail
Pale-vented Pigeon
Short-billed Pigeon
Inca Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Blue Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Groove-billed Ani
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Long-billed Hermit
Stripe-throated Hermit
Violet-headed Hummingbird
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird
Charming Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Blue-crowned Motmot
Black-mandibled Toucan
Golden-naped Woodpecker
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Lineated Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
Yellow-headed Caracara
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
white-crowned Parrot
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Bright-rumped Attila
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
White-ruffed Manakin
Black-crowned Tityra
Masked Tityra
Riverside Wren
Clay-colored Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Buff-rumped Warbler
Cherrie’s Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Blue Dacnis
Green Honeycreeper
Blue-black Grassquit
Variable Seedeater
Bananaquit
Yellow-faced Grassquit
buff-throated Saltator
Orange-billed Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Great-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
Spot-crowned Euphonia

A male white ruffed manakin

A male white ruffed manakin

 

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.

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
White Ibis
Southern Lapwing
Spotted Sandpiper
Inca Dove
Green-breasted Mango
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Tropical Kingbird
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Mangrove Swallow
Tropical Mockingbird
Red-breasted Blackbird

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.

MR and MS Cherri’s tanager

a Non-bird fellow,a variegated squirrel.

55 species total

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Common Black-Hawk
Roadside Hawk
White-throated Crake
Purple Gallinule
Northern Jacana
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Blue Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Smooth-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani
Green-breasted Mango
Green Kingfisher
Red-crowned Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
Yellow-headed Caracara
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Great Kiskadee
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Gray-breasted Martin
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Clay-colored Thrush
Northern Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Cherrie’s Tanager
Blue-black Grassquit
Variable Seedeater
White-collared Seedeater
Black-striped Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Shiny Cowbird
Bronzed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
Tricolored Munia

 

At the end of the day, John and I must had seen little more than 100 bird species total, a a lifer for me!

About Johan Chaves

I am a birding guide and naturalist, with a deep passion for birds. I got into birding nearly a decade ago thanks to a friend, then he was fighting leukemia, during his recovery we became great friends and very competitive birders, we did a lot of birding and twitching some rarities through the country, is amazing how much one can learn from a birder friend! he, Roy Orozco left us on August 4th 2016 leaving a huge hole in our hearts. From this point every bird now has a different meaning to me, not just their beauty but the fact that constantly brings the memory of him, whom I owe much of the birder I am today.

Posted on January 21, 2014, in Birding tour and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Your photos are lovely! Greetings from Montreal, Canada.

    • Thank you Linda! I am glad you like them, please feel free to check any time, CR is definitely a great birding destination (and a place to live!) looking forward to seen many birds and post my adventures and photos!

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