15 January 2009

La Selva - 1 Jan 2009

Waking up was amazing, partly due to the amazing sounds coming from outside!  The roar of Howler Monkeys and the quivering calls of tinamous started things off...

I could hardly wait to get out birding.   New birds came fast and furious through the entire day at La Selva.  La Selva is in the Carribbean lowlands so that basically means hot temps, high diversity of birds, and lots and lots of jungle.

That morning we had a guided bird walk by one of the local guides.  He spoke decent english and above all, he found us many good birds!  Highlights from that walk included Great Tinamou, Crested Owls at a roost, Hooded Warbler (a big rarity here!), and dozens and dozens of other species.

Above is a Bronze-tailed Pumeleteer (a type of hummingbird).  It was found on the north side of the main bridge and was the only pumeleteer we saw on the entire trip.

Above is a Yellow-bellied Elaenia (a type of flycatcher).  We photographed this from the back deck of our cabin!

Above is a male Great Curassow.  These are apparently uncommon (although we had them at most of our stops on this trip).  This male was walking around a clearing along with a female and was one of the first birds on our trip.

Above is a Broad-billed Motmot, 1 of 2 species of motmot present in this part of Costa Rica.

Above is a Collared Aracari, a type of a small toucan.  These are fairly common and we quickly found a flock of nearly a dozen.

Above is a Great Tinamou, an odd skulker of the forest understory.  This was the only one we actually SAW on the entire trip.  However, you can hear them almost everywhere!

Above is a Violaceous Trogon.  This, too, was photographed from our back porch.

The following is our bird list for the FIRST day at La Selva:

Antbird, Dusky 
Aracari, Collared 
Cuckoo, Squirrel 
Curassow, Great 
Dove, Blue Ground- 
Dove, White-tipped 
Egret, Cattle 
Elaenia, Yellow-bellied 
Euphonia, Olive-backed 
Flycatcher, Dusky-capped 
Flycatcher, Gray-capped 
Flycatcher, Great Crested 
Flycatcher, Ochre-bellied 
Flycatcher, Social 
Flycatcher, White-ringed 
Grosbeak, Black-faced 
Guan, Crested 
Hawk, Semiplumbeous 
Heron, Great Blue 
Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed 
Jacamar, Rufous-tailed 
Kingbird, Tropical 
Kingfisher, Green 
Kiskadee, Great 
Motmot, Broad-billed 
Motmot, Rufous 
Oriole, Baltimore 
Oriole, Black-cowled 
Oropendola, Montezuma 
Owl, Crested 
Parrot, Red-lored 
Parrot, White-crowned 
Pauraque, Common 
Pigeon, Short-billed 
Pumeleteer, Bronze-tailed 
Saltator, Buff-throated 
Seedeater, Variable 
Sparrow, Black-striped 
Swallow, Southern Rough-winged 
Swift, Gray-rumped 
Tanager, Bay-headed 
Tanager, Blue-gray 
Tanager, Crimson-collared 
Tanager, Golden-hooded 
Tanager, Palm 
Tanager, Passerini's 
Tanager, Silver-throated 
Tanager, Summer 
Thrush, Clay-colored 
Thrush, Wood 
Tinamou, Great 
Tinamou, Little 
Tityra, Black-crowned 
Tityra, Masked 
Toucan, Chestnut-mandibled 
Toucan, Keel-billed 
Trogon, Slaty-tailed 
Trogon, Violaceous 
Tyrant, Long-tailed 
Vulture, Turkey 
Warbler, Black-and-white 
Warbler, Buff-rumped 
Warbler, Chestnut-sided 
Warbler, Hooded 
Waterthrush, Northern 
Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed 
Woodpecker, Black-cheeked 
Woodpecker, Chestnut-colored 
Woodpecker, Pale-billed 
Wren, Bay 
Wren, House 
Wren, White-breasted Wood-