|Bay headed Tanager, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 7, 2016|
|Masked Tityra, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 7, 2016|
|Dusky capped Flycatcher, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 8, 2016|
|Golden hooded Tanager, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 7, 2016|
|Variable Seedeater, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 7, 2016|
|Black bellied Wren, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 7, 2016|
|Violet headed Hummingbird on nest, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 5, 2016|
|Gray necked Wood Rail, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Apr 4, 2016|
Once we arrived at Rio Magnolia Lodge we didn't leave the property for our entire stay and it was fantastic. The hundreds of acres at the lodge and the wide variety of habitats provided lots of birding opportunities. Despite this being our 9th trip down here I still managed to find not only new birds for my lodge list but life birds as well. Life birds found at the lodge included Northern Schiffornis, Costa Rican Brushfinch, Lesser Elaenia, Plain Antvireo and Ruddy Woodcreeper. We caught just the beginning of the rainy season with some short duration rain showers moving through on a few days.
Each day at the lodge featured at least some different birds as well as many species that were always around. Lots of northbound migrants around with good numbers of Swainson's Thrush, Scarlet Tanagers, Philadelphia and Red eyed Vireos, various flycatchers and warblers including Chestnut sided, Tennessee, Golden winged and Mourning Warblers. Lots of local nesting species with young birds around as well as others on nests or bringing food to nestlings. I spent most days covering the various trails and roads as well as some extended time just sitting and watching the birds move by. On Tuesday the 5th I covered just the area between the cottage and lodge (several hundred feet) and found 92 species over the course of the day. I decided to try to maximize my effort on Wednesday and finished the day with 127 species which seemed good to me. The next day I managed to turn up 131 species for the day without putting in the same effort as the previous day! Some days are just better than others for finding birds I guess. Overall for my time at the lodge I found 182 species with five of those being life birds and fourteen being new for me at the lodge bringing my total seen at the lodge over multiple trips to 251.
|Tiyra, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Costa Rica, Apr 7, 2016|
|Snake, Rio Magnolia Lodge, Costa Rica, Apr 6, 2016|
|Turquoise browed Motmot, Tarcoles, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016|
|Royal Flycatcher, Carara NP, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016 (life bird #1200)|
|Great Tinamou, Carara NP, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016|
|Scarlet Macaws at nest, Carara NP, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016|
|Plain breasted Ground Dove, fields east of Jaco, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016|
|Spider Monkeys, Carara NP, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016|
|Ghost Bat, Carara NP, Costa Rica, Apr 11, 2016|
Overall the trip produced a total of 16 life birds bringing my list to 1202. I found a total of 245 species on this trip and added 24 new species to my Costa Rica list bringing that total to 494.