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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 28, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Looks like a Christmas ornament.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 28, 2013 - 12:31am PT
datza African Kfisher..! kinda bullet like!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 28, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
dee ee - those ducks sure look hard headed

cool Accipiter photos, thanks Cyndie and Darwin (really liked your Pigeon Guillemots too D, and yes, those are Savannah Sparrows).

Had a cool bird on our backyard fruit feeder today, although it came to peck at a dead branch rather than to eat banana or papaya. I've been in Costa Rica a long time but I still marvel at any woodpecker that isn´t black-white-and-red. This is the Golden-olive Woodpecker.

Golden-olive Woodpecker &#40;it is in the same genus as Flickers, if y...
Golden-olive Woodpecker (it is in the same genus as Flickers, if you can believe that)
Credit: little Z

so, since I already had my scope and little point-and-shoot camera out I snapped some shots of other visitors:

White-winged Dove chowin' on papaya
White-winged Dove chowin' on papaya
Credit: little Z

Rufous-naped Wren &#40;close relative of the Cactus Wren&#41;. Everyth...
Rufous-naped Wren (close relative of the Cactus Wren). Everything eats fruit here, even the wrens.
Credit: little Z

Blue-crowned Motmot. A real crowd-pleaser. Couldn't get it all in the ...
Blue-crowned Motmot. A real crowd-pleaser. Couldn't get it all in the frame because I was too close, but it was molting anyway and had not yet developed its racket-tips on its new tail feathers.
Credit: little Z

Melodious Blackbird. Think "black-oriole" rather than "blackbird". It ...
Melodious Blackbird. Think "black-oriole" rather than "blackbird". It has a beautiful song, as its scientific name (Dives dives), the double diva, implies.
Credit: little Z

Blue-gray Tanager. The first bird I saw in Costa Rica when I stumbled ...
Blue-gray Tanager. The first bird I saw in Costa Rica when I stumbled out of my hotel in downtown Alajuela at dawn back in 1988.
Credit: little Z

Clay-colored Thrush. National bird of CR, uesd to be a "Robin". This i...
Clay-colored Thrush. National bird of CR, uesd to be a "Robin". This is a juvenile, by the buff marks on the wing coverts.
Credit: little Z

Great Kiskadee. Loud bird &#40;shut up already!&#41;.
Great Kiskadee. Loud bird (shut up already!).
Credit: little Z

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird. Alright, not a fruit-eater, but he was surv...
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird. Alright, not a fruit-eater, but he was surveying the scene.
Credit: little Z

Wouldn't be a bird-feeder without one of these &#40;Variegated Squirrel&#41;.
Wouldn't be a bird-feeder without one of these (Variegated Squirrel).
Credit: little Z
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Aug 28, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
You got it Ron!!
http://carolinabirds.org/HTML/AF_Corac_Kingfisher.htm

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 28, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
These are tough!

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 28, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
I will apologize for the shots that are not that good. Sometimes it's the only one I got of that species, sometimes I got a better one later in the trip. You never know if it will be better to try and id the bird first or try and get a photo first. I was glad to try and get a photo of the Fan Tailed Cuckoo first as it was only then I could id it, even though the photos are crap.

Straw-necked Ibis

Credit: dee ee

Tawny Frogmouth ( I love this bird!)

Credit: dee ee

Chestnut Teal

Credit: dee ee

I have a bunch more photos to post. I'll ration them out. I don't want to blow the whole wad at once.

It looks like my lifer total for the trip was about 175 and 190 for the Aussie list.

I wanna' go to Costa Rica next!....or maybe South Arizona!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 28, 2013 - 05:23pm PT
The Eastern Spinebill was an early favorite.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 29, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
The Pecan-stealers came this morning. Their arrival chorus would have awoken
the dead. After filling up on protein they adjourned to the adjacent
avocado tree for salad.

"Callie want an avo?"
"Callie want an avo?"
Credit: Reilly
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 29, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Welcome Swallows were everywhere.

Credit: dee ee

It's overexposed but (flash on high)...I kinda' liked it anyway.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
Goin' thru some older shots and found this un...Black-bellied Buzzard (Chile)

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Aug 29, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
Dee or does anyone know if that Tawny Frogmouth is related in any way to the Potoo that Little Z talked about a while back?

original picture from "Little Z" post
original picture from "Little Z" post
Credit: dirt claud
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 29, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
Quite sure.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Some from the extended commute. IMHO, Migration has begun but is not in full force.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Same Sharpie from the other day
Credit: Darwin
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Crescent Honeyeater

Credit: dee ee

Green Rosella

Credit: dee ee

Darter (related to Anhinga)

Credit: dee ee

Maned Duck (Wood Duck)

Credit: dee ee
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
YOWZA! What a great page!

Callie does want an avo. I really wish I had them where I live - well had wild ones. I suppose I do have them where I live. :) I made a happy sound when I saw that photo Reilly.

Can you name the climbers to whom those feet upthread belong? heh heh.

Thanks everyone for some beautiful birds. The Blue-Crested Mot Mot was a favorite when I went to CR.

QUESTION:

Aside from Costa Rica, what do you think is the best Central American Country to visit around T'giving for birding? We'd have one week.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Really!

Great stuff everyone.

Goodonya DE! Hope you are having a few tinnies as well.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:36pm PT


I/we should defer to Little-Z, but why not Costa Rica? I traveled around a lot down there in my youth, and given your question, I would say Costa Rica. But


* Tony had great sounding trip to Belize a couple years ago.
* I have a friend who spent a lot of time at a research station (name?) in Panama. For biological diversity, I'm not sure that can be beat, but could you, a "civilian", get access?
* Culturally, a Guatemala/Belize combo could/would be way cool, but I don't know about political and safety issues.


Little-Z, I'm dying to hear what you say.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 30, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Crimpie, after Costa Rica I would say Panama - you can hit a lot of
habitats within a small area. But not as many habitats as Costa Rica.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 30, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
dee ee - keep em' coming

as to your birdy feet, looks like I'm the only one who is going to bite, although I thought Ron might chime in, as he's probably paid more attention to different bird feet than anyone here. Anyway:
1 - some cormorant (shag), they all look the same so I'll guess Black-faced Shag.
2 - Dusky Moorhen
3 - Australian White Ibis

So, Crimpy, yes, Costa Rica is pretty user friendly, and there are a ton of birds packed into a small and easily accessible space. Are you sure you've seen it all? Panama has even more birds, but they are more spread out. Organizing trips is a bit more involved, especially if you're thinking of going to the Darién (you'll need a gov. permit to go much farther than about Tortí) although there is great birding just along the highway around Lake Bayano to pick up alot of Darién stuff. Trips to the Pearl Islands, Coiba Is., Azuero Pen. will all add to your logistical headaches, and unless you're diehard twitchers, your time is probably better spent just visiting spots right off the Panamerican highway east (all the way to L. Bayano) and west (out to Chitre) of the canal, and in Canal Zone hit the Bay of Panama for shorebirds-gulls (Panama Viejo), Metropolitan Park, Gamboa and the Pipeline Road (Soberania NP). For a first time visit you'll come away with your head spinning from so many birds. PM me if you decide on Panama and I can tell you more. Darwin, the most visited research station there is Barro Colorado Island (run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - STRI) in the Canal Zone, and yes, it would be hard (or expensive, or both) for non-science visitors to get in overnight, unless you've got contacts. Day trips are available but you're kept on a short leash and herded around in a group.

Belize is also pretty user friendly and has that lots-o-birds-in-a-small-area thing going on, but many of the species might already be familiar to you. Guatemala, where there are many more endemics, would also be great, but I wouldn't advise going alone. There is a great guide there, Knut Eisermann, who I would highly recommend. I'm getting in on a trip with him that some friends here in Costa Rica are organizing for next Feb. Can't wait.

Yes Dirt Claud, good eye, Frogmouths (Family Podargidae) and Potoos (Family Nyctibiidae) are both in the Goatsucker Order (Caprimulgiformes) and are basically ecological counteparts - Potoos in the neotropics and Frogmouths in the old world tropics.

sorry for so much hot air. here's a bird to calm you down.

Nankeen Night-Heron, it's the Aussie version of Black-Crowned Night-He...
Nankeen Night-Heron, it's the Aussie version of Black-Crowned Night-Heron.
Credit: little Z
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 30, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Having gone to all the countries several times in Central America I would say Panama would be a great choice, spend three days along Pipeline Road near the Canal and then drive north to David and Boquette.

http://www.birdingpanama.com/birding_central-panama.html

Honduras is also great but a little on the rough side.


Just a few from me, doing more climbing and less birding lately.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A


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