|We did a dawn bird walk through the extremely impressive gardens at Bougainvilla Hotel. At least ten acres, in suburban San Jose. Some birds, including a Blue-crowned Motmot and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, but missed the montane sparrows again.
After a nice breakfast involving something more than beans and rice, we drove over the crest of the range north of San Jose to Braulio Carrillo National Park and a nice 1.6 km trail on the Caribbean slopes of the range. Mostly new birds, including an especially nice feeding flock. Of course, being birders it took us three hours to do the walk.
We also stopped at El Tapir for hummingbirds on a field of wildflowers. Very, very impressive, including both Black-crested Coquette and Snowcap.
After lunch at another local cafe, we drove the rest of the way to La Selva, which has grown a lot since 1998, especially across the suspension footbridge. Among other things, many of the trails are paved now. Great birds almost immediately on arrival. Birded until sunset with the highlight probably a Snowy Cotinga. Our rooms are located far from the dining hall and most facilities, but good birding on the way back and forth.
Supper. Washed very smelly clothes in the handy laundry. Headed to bed. Not getting enough sleep.