Above photo by Savegre Staff. L to R: Leo Garrigues (guide), Doreen Larson, Robin Hoofnagle, Jake Jacobson, Dixie Sommers, Pam Park, Mary Houdek, Peggy Greenwood, Jack Greenwood, Steve Larson, Joanne Bauer, David Bauer, Ellen Jacobson, Enrique (driver)
ASNV Goes Birding in Costa Rica
Double-striped Thick-knee, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Sooty-capped Chlorospingus, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Montezuma Oropendola, and Scrub Euphonia! These strange sounding names from far away became living birds on an ASNV-sponsored tour of Costa Rica in March. From sea level on the Pacific Ocean Gulf of Nicoyo (Turquoise Motmot, Pacific Screech-Owl, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron) to an elevation of 11,300 feet in the Talamanca Mountains (Volcano Junco, Fiery-throated Hummingbird), our group of 12 sharp-eyed ASNV birders enjoyed a week exploring a small part of this Central American country, tallying over 200 species.
Headlining the target species list in Costa Rica for many is the iconic Resplendent Quetzal, with an iridescent sheen and covert feathers longer than its own body! We were not disappointed, seeing seven of these magnificent birds. One Quetzal even granted us a private audience, as it perched and posed in a tree just feet above us as we hiked down a mountain road.
Among the other birds we found were 3 species of trogon, 12 different hummingbirds, Laughing Falcon and Great Black Hawk, Blue-crowned Motmot, 2 Pygmy-Owls, 19 flycatchers, White-necked Puffbird, and 7 parrots/parakeets. A flock of 15 – 20 Sulphur-winged Parakeets feeding in apple trees in the morning sunshine was particularly memorable. Twenty-five of the bird species we encountered are found only in the Endemic Bird Area of the Costa Rica and Panama Highlands.
Our Costa Rican trip was organized through Holbrook Travel. Why not join your colleagues in the next ASNV grand adventure? PURA VIDA!!