|View from the ridge above Wilson Botanical Gardens.|
Week 1 - The Lowlands
Week 2 - The Central Highlands and Caribbean Lowlands
We continued south from the highlands on the Inter-American Highway to the Pacific-
side lowland south, and the Wilson Botanical Gardens, or Las Cruces Biological Station. A full day birding this area added many new species to our lists, including the near endemic Garden Emerald and skulking Pale-breasted Spinetail.
Wilson bird list
|Birding Wilson Botanical Gardens|
Rice Fields bird list 1
Rice Fields bird list 2
|Seasonal rice fields|
|Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture|
|Veraguan Mango for 3000!|
Rio Rincon bridge list
|Afternoon at the river Rio Rincon. Cotinga trees on the far right|
|Beautiful male Yellow-billed Cotinga sits high in a tree|
Birding the forest around the lodge we found an active Orange-collard Manakin lek. These manakin males join together to attract females, snapping their wings overhead in a sound like popcorn popping. What a hoot. In the afternoon a quick stop at an open field turned into an all afternoon affair as we just kept turning up more new birds, and some mammals!
Lodge bird list
Afternoon bird list
|Birding the lodge trails|
|Canopy tower view|
|Neotropical River Otters|
Skutch home bird list
|Historic Skutch home|
Bosque de Tolomuco bird list
|Swallow-tailed Kite soaring over the action|
La Paz bird list
|One of several large waterfalls in the park|
|Jon feeds a Green-crowned Brilliant while Mike waits his turn|
Susan has fun with a hummer
And the fun wasn't over as our lunch spot just down the road had an insane view of the "Costa Rica Grand Canyon" and many birds at the feeders.
|Lunch spot view|
Susan and I finished up the 20 days in country with over 500 species of birds, an amazing accomplishment that is mostly due to our guides and trip organization. And after three weeks Susan and I were number 1 and 2 for eBird for all of Costa Rica for the year (only because guide Mario hasn't submitted all his lists yet... but still...). How cool is that!
All too soon our time in Costa Rica was over. This whole trip was made special by a cast of wonderful people. To our fellow trip folks: Susan and Frank, Liga and Tom, Debbie and Mike, and Jon - thanks for the wonderful memories, good camaraderie, and all the birds. Many thanks to Alberto and his wife Andrea, owners of Transportes Vivratur, for the wonderful hospitality at the start of our trip and your excellent transportation team. To our primary driver Rodrigo (and excellent bird spotter!), muchas gracias amigo. And to our guide and new friend Mario Cordoba H. of Crescentia Expeditions, thank you so much for your hard work, patience, exceptional bird finding skills, and friendship. I hope we will see you again soon.
And a special thank you has to go out to our friend Bob Barnes who spent months of his time putting this trip together for us. Please know that we really do appreciate your knowledge of Costa Rica and efforts in organizing an outstanding trip. Thanks again.