|Cherrie's Tanager, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Mar 31, 2014|
|Blue gray Tanager, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Mar 30, 2014|
|Insect, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Mar 31, 2014|
|Blue crowned Motmot, Bosque del Tolomuco, Costa Rica, Apr 3, 2014|
I spent the first few days around the lodge adding more and more species to the trip list and getting reacquainted with the bird life of the southern Pacific foothills. No life birds the first few days but some great birding nonetheless. During a walk in the early afternoon on one of the rainforest trails I came across a swarm (hundreds) of lightning bug type insects flashing away in the forest around 3pm. Very cool stuff to see...I tried to capture it on video but the videos do not do the experience justice. No idea on the exact species but they were quite small.
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|Beach at Hacienda Baru, Apr 1, 2014|
After a few days at the lodge we headed down for a half day at the coast with a visit to Hacienda Baru. As expected it was very hot with temperatures around 90 and no clouds. Despite drinking copious amounts of water after the few hours down there I was wiped out. The entire area down there was also quite dry with many areas that normally hold some water and feature related birds were completely dry. I did manage to run across a few pockets of birds but other areas of the forest were very quiet. I did run across an army ant swarm but the only species of bird around with that group were a few Gray headed Tanagers. During a few miles of walking I did manage quite a few species with one life bird, a Slate headed Tody Flycatcher.
|Scintillant Hummingbird, Bosque del Tolomuco, Costa Rica, Apr 3, 2014|
|Emerald Toucanet, Bosque del Tolomuco, Costa Rica, Apr 3, 2014|
|Silver throated Tanager on nest, Bosque del Tolomuco, Costa Rica, Apr 3, 2014|
|Swallow tailed Kite, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 2, 2014|
The last full day I spent at the lodge exploring all the trails once again and yet again I ran across some new birds including a life bird, a Yellow Flycatcher. The diversity of the tropics always amazes me as I have spent weeks at the lodge and I still manage to turn up new stuff. As always it is tough to leave the tropics to go back home but at least Wilson is always happy to see me.
Now for the numbers from the latest trip as of now (still reviewing some photos which may add something new). I managed a total of 59 life birds bringing my life list up to 878. I found a total of 294 species on this trip and added 66 to my Costa Rica list bringing my total there up to over four hundred to a total of 414 species.
Even more photos can be found here: