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12 months Birding in Costa Rica- Coming Into the 2022 Residence Stretch – 10,000 Birds


    December birding in Costa Rica is a time of transition. Lastly, the rains appear to have gone, at the least on the Pacific slope and across the city asphalt methods of the Central Valley. They get changed by solar and a little bit of wind; satirically, not the very best state of affairs for birding however nonetheless higher than blinding, heavy rains. Now, we will head out birding once more, now, the top of the yr is all of the sudden nigh…we’ve got to exit birding!

    It’s not simply birding although, at the least not in case you are “yr birding”. 12 months birding is in search of species not heard or seen since January 1st and for those who nonetheless wish to hit a purpose for 2022, December is now or by no means time.

    It’s the house stretch and although my associate and I aren’t not doing any official huge yr insanity, we don’t thoughts seeing as many birds as we will. Now that we’re within the residence stretch, it’s time to see what number of extra we will feasibly determine in 2023. For me, that interprets to betting on hitting 700 species.

    In Costa Rica, the large 7 hundred is all the time a doable yr birding purpose however it’s additionally one which requires a sure diploma of effort. For instance, it’s a must to go birding throughout each migrations, have to attach with Cerulean Warbler (test), Purple Martin (test), Chimney Swift (test), and different species like Widespread Nighthawk (no test!), and perhaps a Buff-breasted Sandpiper (additionally no test).

    You need to go birding in should go to hotspots like Cano Negro (we did that final week), the excessive mountains, and manner down close to the Panama border. I’ve been lucky to have visited most corners of Costa Rica in 2022, the primary exceptions being San Vito and pure grasslands with Ocellated Crake and some different birds. I haven’t completed a pelagic journey both however at 677 species, I’m nonetheless shut sufficient to sneak a birding foot previous that end line by December thirty first.

    It’s going to take some targeted birding and luck however it might occur. Right here’s my plan:


    To hit my purpose, a go to to the nice dry northwest is crucial. It’s the place I might nonetheless choose up species like Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Elegant Trogon, Plain Chachalaca, and others. I hope to get these birds at Rincon de la Vieja the place we may even have an opportunity at unusual sparrows and another decidedly uncommon species.

    A birdable scene from Guanacaste.

    The opposite primary birds to search for within the dry forest are, oddly sufficient, wetland species. Right now to yr, the rice fields are nonetheless moist sufficient to host Noticed Rail, wintering Sora, and Wilson’s Snipe in addition to numerous geese. I’m hoping for these and extra and there’s all the time an opportunity of operating into one thing decidedly uncommon, perhaps some misplaced warbler or sparrow that wouldn’t imply a lot to birders in North America.

    A Complete Lot of Pishing Going On

    Talking of small misplaced birds, to search out them, there should be a whole lot of pishing. I’m alread bored with making that foolish noise however what are you gonna do? It’s what brings these small birds out of the vegetation. It even labored this very morning, if for only a fraction of a second once we noticed a troublesome for Costa Rica Yellow-breasted Chat in a brushy espresso area. There’s different unusual wintering birds on the market, pishing will get annoying however it could actually actually assist.

    We’d discover a Townsend’s Warbler.

    Uncommon Residents

    The remaining collection of birds I might add to my 2022 listing are all uncommon residents. These are the robust ones, the birds that require visits to particular spots and even then, they won’t wish to play. I’ve seen a good variety of such birds this yr, species like Blue Seedeater, Peg-billed Finch, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Yellow-tailed Oriole, cotingas, Black-chested Jay, and, simply the opposite day, a shock unbelievable Tiny Hawk that blessed the feeders of the Cafe Colibri in Cinchona (!).

    There’s nonetheless extra to see although, birds like Black-banded Woodcreeper, Olive-backed Quail-Dove, and Rufous-rumped Antwren, and Black and White Becard. We’d get them, at the least if we do extra birding of their typical haunts. Naked-necked Umbrellabird can be good, hopefully one just like the featured picture for this publish.

    It’s time to make the ultimate plans, time to see how we will join with our remaining yr birds. Even when we don’t meet any of the haughty objectives, it’s nonetheless gonna be good, that is birding in Costa Rica in spite of everything.