San Bosco Inn, La Fortuna.
Early morning birding around the hotel and nearby area provided the following species:-
Cattle Egret, Roadside Hawk (1), Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Southern Rough-winged Swallow (50), Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Red-billed Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Ruddy Ground Dove, Piratic Flycatcher(1), Great Kiskadee, Social Flycatcher (pair nest building), Tropical Kingbird, Clay-coloured Thrush, Tropical Mockingbird, House Wren, Yellow Warbler, Blue-grey Tanager, Palm Tanager, Variable Seedeater, Grayish Saltator, Rufous-collared Sparrow, House Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle (adult feeding juv), Baltimore Oriole, Black-cheeked Woodpecker.
Black-cheeked Woodpecker at nest site located in telegraph pole.
An early afternoon visit to this charming nature reserve provided some close encounters with the most colourful of bird species as they visited the feeding station. Below the feeders a couple of Agouti's put in a brief appearance as they foraged the forest floor in search of food. At the lagoon Boat-billed Herons were busily looking after their young at their nests while below in the water the ever present Caiman looked on in hope of an easy meal.
A full list of birds observed as follows:-
Bananaquit, Yellow-throated Euphonia, Buff-throated Saltator, Blue-grey Tanager, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Broad-billed Motmot (1), Rufous-tailed Jacamar (1), Boat-billed Heron (several pairs with young at nest), White-collared Manakin, Bay Wren (1), Yellow-crowned Night Heron (2), Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Golden-hooded Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Melodious Blackbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper (pair), White-lined Tanager (pair), Passerini’s Tanager, Collared Aracari (2), Grey-headed Tanager, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Clay-coloured Thrush, Great Kiskadee.
Yellow-throated Euphonia (male).
Passerini's Tanager (female).
White-lined Tanager (male).
White-lined Tanager (female).
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
An late afternoon visit provided the following species:-
White-collared Swift, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Black-mandibled Toucan, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (2), Green Hermit(1), Crested Owl (2), Bicoloured Hawk (1), Black-cheeked Woodpecker (1).
San Bosco Inn, La Fortuna.
A morning bird watching the hotel grounds and surrounding area provided the following species:-
Great Kiskadee, Great-tailed Grackle, White-winged Dove, Blue-grey Tanager, Red-billed Pigeon, Black Vulture, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Social Flycatcher (visiting nest), Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Turkey Vulture, Common Tody Flycatcher, Clay-coloured Thrush, Tropical Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole (pair), Variable Seedeater, Tropical Mockingbird, Ruddy Ground Dove.
A morning visit walking the trails up to the lava fields provided the following species:-
Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Common Potoo, White-throated Magpie Jay, White-collared Manakin, Crested Guan (2), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Brown Jay, Red-billed Pigeon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Buff-throated Saltator, Crested Guan (2). While driving around the perimeter of Arenal Lake we spotted two Crested Guan, Howler Monkeys and a Coati.
Hotel Ficus Lodge, Monteverde.
Early morning birding around the hotel grounds produced the following species:-
Red-billed Pigeon (3), Brown Jay (4 including nest building pair), Emerald Toucanet, Lesson’s Motmot (1), Great-tailed Grackle, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, House Wren (2), Golden-olive Woodpecker (2), Social Flycatcher (pair), Hoffman’s Woodpecker (1), Clay-coloured Thrush, Tropical Kingbird, Yellow-faced Grassquit(1), White-crowned Parrot, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue and white Swallow.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
A morning walk along the forest trails and a visit to the hummingbird sugar feeders provided the following species:-
Slaty-backed Nightingale Thrush, Resplendent Quetzal(female), Collared Redstart (male), Black Guan (1), Slate-throated Restart (2), Tufted Flycatcher (1), Silver-throated Tanager (pair), Violet Sabrewing, Bananaquit, Common Clorospingus(2), Green Violetear, Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Coppery-headed Emerald, Green-crowned Brilliant.
Hotel Ficus Lodge, Monteverde 06:00 – 07:00
Early morning birding from our balcony provided the following species:-
Baltimore Oriole, Red-billed Pigeon, Rufous-capped Warbler (1), Lesson’s Motmot, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown Jay, Blue and White Swallow, Southern Rough-winged Swallow.
Curi Cancha Wildlife Preserve,, Monteverde 08:45 – 11:45
A morning visit produced the following species:-
Great-tailed Grackle, Emerald Toucanet (pair), Yellow-faced Grassquit, Chestnut-headed Oropendola (occupied nest), Resplendent Quetzal (3 including 2 males), Black-crowned Tityra, Black Guan, Crested Guan (4), Slate-throated Redstart, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Coppery-headed Emerald, Black-mandibled Toucan, Lesson’s Motmot, Wilson’s Warbler, Band-tailed Pigeon(2), Swallow-tailed Kite (1), Paltry Tyrannulet (1), Rufous-collared Sparrow.
Hotel Ficus Lodge, Monteverde
Early morning birding around the hotel grounds provided the following species:-
Social Flycatcher, Clay-coloured Thrush, Great-tailed Grackle.
We then headed off towards the Pacific coast stopping off at the Cafe y Macadamia where the following species were noted:-
Little Blue Heron, Great-tailed Grackle, Clay Coloured Thrush, Turquoise-browed Motmot(1), White-throated Magpie Jay (1).
Rio Tarcoles Crocodile Bridge
A brief stop off at Crocodile Bridge produced the following species:-
Southern Lapwing (24), Black-bellied Whistling Duck (8), Scarlet Macaw (over), Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Carara National Park
We continued south to Carara National Park where we spent at least two hours walking the tracks spotting more wildlife.
Yellow-headed Caracara, Clay-coloured Thrush (singing male), Scarlet Macaw (13 inc occupied nest), Squirrel Cuckoo (1), Great Kiskadee, Northern Waterthrush (1), Orange-billed Sparrow (1), Slaty-tailed Trogon, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (2), Short-billed Pigeon (singing male), Riverside Wren, Chestnut-sided Warbler (1).
Riverside Wren (juvenile).
We then headed off to the El Faro Beach Hotel near Manuel Antonio National Park, arriving late afternoon where a single Sharp-shinned Hawk put in a brief appearance.
Early morning birding from our balcony at the El Faro Hotel provided the following species:-
Tropical Kingbird, Magnificent Frigatebird (50 out at sea), Clay-coloured Thrush, Great-tailed Grackle, Great Kiskadee, Melodious Blackbird, Golden-hooded Tanager, Blue-grey Tanager, Buff-throated Saltator, House Wren, Black Vulture, Brown Booby (several out at sea), Cherrie’s Tanager (pair), Great Blue Heron.
A late morning visit to Manuel Antonio National Park produced the following species:-
Tropical Kingbird, Belted Kingfisher (1), Green Kingfisher (1), Spotted Sandpiper (2), Green Heron (2), Smooth-billed Ani (3), Black Vulture, Costa Rican Swift, Black-hooded Antshrike, Lesser Nighthawk (1), Red-crowned Woodpecker (2), Streaked Flycatcher(1).
After walking the wildlife tracks for a while we headed off to the beach area for a brief swim in the Pacific Ocean. It was a time to relax but with very bold Capuchin Monkeys nearby a constant eye on your belongings was needed.
White-faced Capuchin Monkey with baby.
A morning walk around the hotel grounds and sea front provided the following species:-
Magnificent Frigatebird, Palm Tanager, Clay-coloured Thrush, Black Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Streaked Saltator (pair), White-crowned Parrot (pair), Buff-throated Saltator, Brown Pelican (50), Red-crowned Woodpecker (pair), Great Kiskadee, Great-tailed Grackle, Blue-grey Tanager, White Ibis (1), Inca Dove (1), Cherrie’s Tanager (pair), Tropical Kingbird (1).
Late morning we began the drive back to San Jose arriving for our second stay at the Hotel Tournon late afternoon.
Early morning birding around the hotel grounds produced one last lifer in the form of Plain Wren. A full list of species observed as follows:-
Clay-coloured Thrush, Blue and White Swallow, White-winged Dove, Plain (Cabanis’s) Wren (1), Great Tailed Grackle.