|Collared Aracari, near Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica, Dec 19, 2014|
|Emerald Tanager, Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica, Dec 19, 2014|
|Blue and Gold Tanager, Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica, Dec 19, 2014|
|Central American Pgymy Owl, Braulio Carrillo NP, Costa Rica, Dec 19, 2014|
With the snowy, cold weather here today I thought it would be a good idea to review some of my latest productive and relaxing trip to Costa Rica. I went down on December 18th and headed up to Chilamate Ecolodge in Sarapiqui where I spent the next three nights. During my two full days there I hired a guide (Kevin Martinez) and we covered a lot of ground in search of new birds. On Friday we headed up to Braulio Carrillo NP where we spent the better part of the morning on the trails there. Highlights there included a Central American Pgymy Owl at the top of a tree being mobbed by a variety of different birds including a stunning Emerald Tanager. The park produced a dozen lifers including the birds mentioned above as well as others including White whiskered Puffbird, Streak crowned Antvireo, Dull mantled Antbird,Thicket Antpitta, Nightingale Wren, Tawny faced Gnatwren, Tawny crested Tanager, Blue and Gold Tanager, Carmiol's Tanager and Tawny capped Euphonia.
|Black crested Coquette, Reserva El Tapir, Costa Rica, Dec 19, 2014|
|Nicaraguan Seed Finch, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, Dec 19, 2014|
|Keel billed Motmot, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, Dec 20, 2014|
|Pied Puffbird, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, Dec 20, 2014|
|Bronze tailed Plumeleteer, La Salva, Costa Rica, Dec 20, 2014|
On Sunday I made the trek back to San Jose to meet Sherri and then we headed down to Rio Magnolia Lodge for the remainder on the trip. En route I managed to pick up another lifer when a Green Shrike Vireo made a brief appearance along the road. More of the trip to come....
Links to more photos from the trip-
'everything else'- https://www.flickr.com/photos/54277284@N05/sets/72157649632566670/