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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Maple Lodge Nature Reserve 05-04-17

An afternoon visit in sunny mild conditions provided the following species:-

Little Grebe (3), Great Crested Grebe (3 including pair at nest), Great Cormorant (1), Grey Heron (1), Canada Goose (2 pairs), Gadwall (3 including pair), Common Teal (3), Mallard (24 including female in nest box), Northern Shoveler (2 pairs), Common Pochard (4), Tufted Duck (10 including 4 pairs), Red Kite (1), Common Buzzard (1), Common Moorhen (3), Eurasian Coot (22), Black-headed Gull (18), Stock Dove (2), Woodpigeon (4), Green Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Wren (19 including 18 singing males), Dunnock (7 including 3 singing males), European Robin (5 including 3 singing males), Blackcap (6 singing males), Common Chiffchaff (3 singing males), Willow Warbler (1), Common Blackbird (7), Mistle Thrush (1), Goldcrest (singing male), Long-tailed Tit (1), Blue Tit (7 including 3 singing males), Great Tit (11 including 4 singing males), Eurasian Jay (1), Common Magpie (6), Western Jackdaw (6), Carrion Crow (2), Common Chaffinch (2 singing males), European Goldfinch (3 including singing male). At the Shell Hide I discovered my first Willow Warbler of the year busily feeding on insects.


 Male European Robin in full song.



Broadwater Gravel Pit Nature Reserve 02-04-17

A late morning visit in sunny, mild conditions provided the following species:- 
Great Crested Grebe (30 inc 4 pairs), Great Cormorant (28 inc 26 occupied nests), Grey Heron (4 inc 3 occupied nests), Mute Swan (10 inc 2 pairs), Greylag Goose (14 inc 4 pairs), Domestic Greylag Goose (1), Egyptian Goose (2), Mandarin Duck (3 inc 2 males), Gadwall (3 inc pair), Common Teal (9), Mallard (40 inc 5 pairs), Northern Shoveler (8 inc pair), Common Pochard (15), Tufted Duck (151 inc at least a pair), Red-crested Pochard (male), Common Goldeneye (female), Goosander (pair on river colne), Common Buzzard (2), Common Moorhen (13 inc pair), Eurasian Coot (100 inc copulating pair), Eurasian Oystercatcher (pair), Northern Lapwing (pair), Black-headed Gull (34), Herring Gull (8), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1), Woodpigeon (6), Common Kingfisher (1), Grey Wagtail (2), Wren (50 inc 49 singing males), Dunnock (5 inc 3 singing males), European Robin (14 inc 12 singing males), Common Blackbird (6 inc 2 singing males), Song Thrush (3 inc 2 singing males), Cetti’s Warbler (5 singing males), Blackcap (25 singing males), Common Chiffchaff (10 inc 9 singing males), Goldcrest (3 singing males), Long-tailed Tit (2), Blue Tit (6 singing males), Great Tit (9 inc pair), Common Treecreeper (4 inc 2 singing males), Eurasian Jay (1), Western Jackdaw (8 inc pair), Carrion Crow (7 inc pair), Common Chaffinch (6 inc female collecting nest material), Common Reed Bunting (singing male), European Goldfinch (17).

 Blackcap (male).


Costa Rica Birding Part 2

Day 8.

San Bosco Inn, La Fortuna.

Early morning birding around the hotel and nearby area provided the following species:-  
Cattle Egret, Roadside Hawk (1), Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Southern Rough-winged Swallow (50), Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Red-billed Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Ruddy Ground Dove, Piratic Flycatcher(1), Great Kiskadee, Social Flycatcher (pair nest building), Tropical Kingbird, Clay-coloured Thrush, Tropical Mockingbird, House Wren, Yellow Warbler, Blue-grey Tanager, Palm Tanager, Variable Seedeater, Grayish Saltator, Rufous-collared Sparrow, House Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle (adult feeding juv), Baltimore Oriole, Black-cheeked Woodpecker.


Black-cheeked Woodpecker at nest site located in telegraph pole.

Ecocentro, Danaus  
An early afternoon visit to this charming nature reserve provided some close encounters with the most colourful of bird species as they visited the feeding station. Below the feeders a couple of Agouti's put in a brief appearance as they foraged the forest floor in search of food. At the lagoon Boat-billed Herons were busily looking after their young at their nests while below in the water the ever present Caiman looked on in hope of an easy meal.

A full list of birds observed as follows:-
Bananaquit, Yellow-throated Euphonia, Buff-throated Saltator, Blue-grey Tanager, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Broad-billed Motmot (1), Rufous-tailed Jacamar (1), Boat-billed Heron (several pairs with young at nest), White-collared Manakin, Bay Wren (1), Yellow-crowned Night Heron (2), Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Golden-hooded Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Melodious Blackbird, Red-legged Honeycreeper (pair), White-lined Tanager (pair), Passerini’s Tanager, Collared Aracari (2), Grey-headed Tanager, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Clay-coloured Thrush, Great Kiskadee.


 


Collared Aracari.
     




Yellow-throated Euphonia (male).



Yellow-throated Euphonia (female).

Passerini's Tanager (male).



Passerini's Tanager (female).

Great Kiskadee.

Grey-headed Tanager.

White-lined Tanager (male).

White-lined Tanager (female).

Melodious Blackbird.

Buff-throated Saltator.



Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

An late afternoon visit provided the following species:-

White-collared Swift, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Black-mandibled Toucan, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (2), Green Hermit(1), Crested Owl (2), Bicoloured Hawk (1), Black-cheeked Woodpecker (1).




Day 9.

San Bosco Inn, La Fortuna.
A morning bird watching the hotel grounds and surrounding area provided the following species:-

Great Kiskadee, Great-tailed Grackle, White-winged Dove, Blue-grey Tanager, Red-billed Pigeon, Black Vulture, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Social Flycatcher (visiting nest), Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Turkey Vulture, Common Tody Flycatcher, Clay-coloured Thrush, Tropical Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole (pair), Variable Seedeater, Tropical Mockingbird, Ruddy Ground Dove.

Dusky-capped Flycatcher.



Arenal Volcano

A morning visit walking the trails up to the lava fields provided the following species:-

Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Common Potoo, White-throated Magpie Jay, White-collared Manakin, Crested Guan (2), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Brown Jay, Red-billed Pigeon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Buff-throated Saltator, Crested Guan (2). While driving around the perimeter of Arenal Lake we spotted two Crested Guan, Howler Monkeys and a Coati.


                                       
                                               Common Potoo.

 
                                      White-throated Magpie Jay.


                                          Crested Guan.
 
Day 10.
Hotel Ficus Lodge, Monteverde.
Early morning birding around the hotel grounds produced the following species:-


Red-billed Pigeon (3), Brown Jay (4 including nest building pair), Emerald Toucanet, Lesson’s Motmot (1), Great-tailed Grackle, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, House Wren (2), Golden-olive Woodpecker (2), Social Flycatcher (pair), Hoffman’s Woodpecker (1), Clay-coloured Thrush, Tropical Kingbird, Yellow-faced Grassquit(1), White-crowned Parrot, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue and white Swallow.

Monteverde Cloud Forest 
A morning walk along the forest trails and a visit to the hummingbird sugar feeders provided the following species:-
Slaty-backed Nightingale Thrush, Resplendent Quetzal(female), Collared Redstart (male), Black Guan (1), Slate-throated Restart (2), Tufted Flycatcher (1), Silver-throated Tanager (pair), Violet Sabrewing, Bananaquit, Common Clorospingus(2), Green Violetear, Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Coppery-headed Emerald, Green-crowned Brilliant.
 
                                                               Black Guan.

                                                            
                                                         Silver-throated Tanager.



                                   Coppery-headed Emerald.

                                                        Green-crowned Brilliant.



                                           Green Violetear

                                    
                                       Slate-throated Restart


Day 11.


Hotel Ficus Lodge, Monteverde 06:00 – 07:00

Early morning birding from our balcony provided the following species:-

Baltimore Oriole, Red-billed Pigeon, Rufous-capped Warbler (1), Lesson’s Motmot, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown Jay, Blue and White Swallow, Southern Rough-winged Swallow.



Curi Cancha Wildlife Preserve,, Monteverde 08:45 – 11:45

A morning visit produced the following species:-

Great-tailed Grackle, Emerald Toucanet (pair), Yellow-faced Grassquit, Chestnut-headed Oropendola (occupied nest), Resplendent Quetzal (3 including 2 males), Black-crowned Tityra, Black Guan, Crested Guan (4), Slate-throated Redstart, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Coppery-headed Emerald, Black-mandibled Toucan, Lesson’s Motmot, Wilson’s Warbler, Band-tailed Pigeon(2), Swallow-tailed Kite (1), Paltry Tyrannulet (1), Rufous-collared Sparrow.



 

                                         Paltry Tyrannulet.                                            


Emerald Toucanet.

Day 12.
Hotel Ficus Lodge, Monteverde


Early morning birding around the hotel grounds provided the following species:-
Social Flycatcher, Clay-coloured Thrush, Great-tailed Grackle.


Social FLycatcher.



We then headed off towards the Pacific coast stopping off at the Cafe y Macadamia where the following species were noted:- 
Little Blue Heron, Great-tailed Grackle, Clay Coloured Thrush, Turquoise-browed Motmot(1), White-throated Magpie Jay (1).

Turquoise-browed Motmot.