September is right here. It means we’re that a lot nearer to winter and the excessive season however most of all, birds up north are on the transfer. Quickly, waves of the avian form might be passing by Costa Rica, the heralds of the annual fall passage are already right here.
As all the time, we’ve additionally been seeing some attention-grabbing fowl species, some rarities among the many many, extra widespread and delightful birds. Planning a visit or have a birding journey deliberate to Costa Rica? Lots of of birds are ready for you. Take a look at the most recent information gadgets for Costa Rica birding and get psyched to your journey:
Waved Albatross, Grey-bellied Hawk, Pink-fronted Parrotlet, and Oilbird
When it comes to uncommon birds and notable information, these ones come to thoughts. There wasn’t any picture for the albatross however with regards to large sea wandering birds in Costa Rica, there’s not numerous room for confusion. This report comes from the Marino Ballena space and is a reminder that this uncommon mega from the Galapagos can flip up anyplace close to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, at any time.
The hawk was spotted by local guide Randy Gomez throughout some informal birding round Chilamate. This austral migrant and wonderful Ornate Hawk-Eagle mimic appears to be a really uncommon but annual customer to Costa Rica. Though it could migrate south very quickly, hopefully, this younger fowl will resolve to stay round for the winter months. It’s reminder to take a more in-depth take a look at any Ornate Hawk-Eagle.
Red-fronted Parrotlet is all the time right here however it’s additionally all the time powerful. These small and unusual parrots are sometimes heard and, in case you are fortunate, rapidly glimpsed in flight. It’s a uncommon day when they’re seen foraging. That uncommon day lately occurred within the Bajo de Paz space when native birders noticed this species feeding at a fruiting tree.
Oilbird is one other annual customer (or uncommon resident) sometimes seen throughout the moist season. Not too long ago, a perched Oilbird handled fortunate birders with nice views on the Curi-Cancha Reserve.
Bird Migration in Costa Rica Kicking into Gear
Shorebirds and kites are making main actions however most different birds are simply arriving to Costa Rica, and plenty of aren’t right here but. This morning, I noticed my first of hopefully many fall Pink-eyed Vireos and my first fall American Redstart. The place did these birds spend the summer season? The vireo will proceed on however maybe the redstart will keep. Hopefully, 1000’s extra birds might be on their method and visiting these bio-rich habitats quickly.
New Species for the Costa Rica Listing!
Sure, one other fowl makes it onto the nation checklist! This newest particular addition was the Lesson’s Seedeater, a small migrant from South America photographed by a neighborhood researcher in Tortuguero Nationwide Park in June. This sensible little fowl lives in northern South America and often migrates to the Amazon. Certainly, the one time I’ve seen one was years in the past whereas birding with Alec Humann within the extremely incredible forests of Yasuni Nationwide Park.
This species is one in every of a number of Austral migrants not surprising for Costa Rica. A uncommon incidence certainly however given the plain look of the feminine, one can’t assist however surprise if one or two have been neglected on previous events.
New Replace for the Costa Rica Birds Subject Information App
A latest replace might be accessible for the IOS model of the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide app (no Android model is accessible right now). It’ll embody Spectacled Petrel and Yellow-nosed Albatross (two different latest additions to Costa Rica), and another updates to boost each birding expertise in Costa Rica.
After this replace, this birding app for Costa Rica will function
- Photos for 940 species on the Costa Rica checklist.
- Vocalizations for 869 species on the Costa Rica checklist.
- Photos, data, and sounds for 65 extra species which will ultimately happen in Costa Rica.
Updating My Fowl Discovering Ebook for Costa Rica
I’ve been busy updating “How to See, Find, and Identify Birds in Costa Rica”. The brand new model might be edited and embody greater than 60 extra websites for birding in Costa Rica. It’s fairly the duty however it will likely be price it for birders to have the hottest, correct, and complete data for birding in Costa Rica. It must be prepared earlier than the beginning of the excessive season.
Within the meantime, the e book can nonetheless be bought to assist this weblog. When you do purchase a replica from now till the top of October, when it turns into accessible, I may even ship you the up to date model.
The City Birder is in Costa Rica
David Lindo, the Urban Birder is at present doing a tour in Costa Rica. I first met David in Israel on the 2016 Champions of the Flyway and had hoped to ultimately share birds with him in Costa Rica. It was good to have the ability to try this with him and one in every of his tour members earlier than they began their tour. I used to be additionally lucky to have him signal a replica of his kids’s e book for birds, “The Extraordinary World of Birds“.
This e book is a veritable treasure, not only for younger individuals interested by birds, however maybe much more so for younger individuals who don’t know a factor about birds. A enjoyable encyclopedia of details about all issues avian, it’s chock stuffed with pictures and illustrations of birds from all around the world and is thrilling to learn. Hopefully, it is going to discover its method into the fingers of as many children as potential and get simply as many interested by birds and their pure environment.
On a private notice, it additionally jogs my memory of the books I used to stare upon within the Niagara Falls public library, books that opened my thoughts to birds and a lot extra. One massive distinction is that David’s e book is so a lot better in each method; I suppose simply what I’d count on from somebody who has an encyclopedic information of birds and a ardour to attach younger individuals with nature. Wish to assist birds? Purchase a replica of this e book to donate to colleges and the younger individuals in your life.
As all the time, there’s tons extra to say about birding in Costa Rica however there’s nothing like coming to this lovely nation to see them with your personal eyes. I hope to see you right here.