15 January 2009

San Jose to La Selva - 31 Dec 2008

Our trip started smoothly in Chicago where we took our shuttle to the airport at 5 am on the 31st!  It was an early start, but everything went soundly and before we knew it, we were on our way to Houston.  Not sure why or how it happened, but Ashley and I didn't complain when they put us in 1st class!  

Once in Houston, we had an hour or two wait before our plane departed for San Jose, Costa Rica.

We arrived in San Jose, took our bags through customs, and then looked for our driver among the masses of taxis and drivers.  Once finding our driver (he was waving my name around), we followed him to our personal transportation, a van.  We set off for La Selva OTS, a couple hours to the NE of San Jose.

Arriving after dark, we didn't get much birding in this night.  However, we did see a couple species that day from the airport:

Rock Pigeon
Great-tailed Grackle.

Wooo, big start.  At the cabins at La Selva where we were dropped off, we heard a Common Pauraque (a kind of a nightjar) that night as well.

Our cabin was much nicer than what we were expecting.  We had invisioned a leanto with maybe some bunkbeds.  Instead we got our own 2 bed, 1 bath, half of a "house".  I will say though, the lack of hot water made for a lively shower!!   Brr.

Fell asleep to the sound of pauraques.