Costa Rica 2013
Fifteen Years Later

January 22, 2013 - Bosque de Paz

We had a long birding session before a 7:30 AM breakfast, then a nice hike on well-maintained, well-laid out trails that, unfortunately, were mostly bird-free. The owner lamented to Nick that there were not very many birds, and no one knew where they had gone. The highlight was the Prong-billed Barbet, which must have been standing in the back of the Barbet line when the colors were being handed out.

After lunch and a siesta, we walked down the road (the way we came in) almost back to the pavement. Pretty slow until the end, when we found a very large, very impressive flock of migrant warblers. Both at breakfast and in the evening, they put out cracked corn for the Black Guans; 29 of them by my count. This has to be the world capital for Black Guans. Lots of hummingbirds, too.

It's a wonderful facility. Great food. Lovely climate, too. I'd recommend it to anyone, not just birders.

Black Guan
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Hook-billed Kite
White-tipped Dove
White-collared Swift
Green Hermit
Green-crowned Brilliant
Magnificent Hummingbird
Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Magenta-throated Woodstar
Scintillant Hummingbird
Violet Sabrewing
Prong-billed Barbet
Hairy Woodpecker
Slaty Antwren
Streak-breasted Treehunter
Red-faced Spinetail
Torrent Tyrannulet
Tufted Flycatcher
Dark Pewee
Yellowish Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Brown Jay
Blue-and-white Swallow
Ochraceous Wren
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher
Golden-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-cheeked Warbler
Three-striped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Slate-throated Redstart
Collared Redstart
Blue-gray Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Yellow-thighed Finch
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Common Bush-Tanager
Summer Tanager
Melodious Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Black-cowled Oriole

Male Violet Sabrewing

Male Golden-winged Warbler

Prong-billed Barbet
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