Birding in Costa Rica with Italian paisano

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Dec 09 2019

Birding in Costa Rica with Italian paisano

Birding in Costa Rica with Italian paisano, a fun experience even if the weather was against us. The first week of December we had a sudden light tropical storm in Caño Negro for a few days.

Beside the wheater, we could catch 2 clear afternoons with an amazing sunset.


A beautiful 2 days birding, even with some rain.

Over the 2 days, the birding list comes up to 70+ species. On the birding list, we do not include all the very very common birds you can find around, like the passerinitodyblue and grey tanager.

As soon as Alessandro arrives with Renzo (our Italian friend for birdwatching in Monteverde), they decide to take the 1st afternoon 3 hrs birding trip. This first trip we cover more than 11 km by boat, with a birding list of dozen of species


boat-billed heron Costa Rica birding

The second day, we start the day with a very raft rainy morning. The afternoon much much better. Even so, we went to discover some unusual places in the lagoon of Caño Negro, that normally you can visit by boat only when the water level is very high. During the dry season, you can walk to those places, but are very far, about 10 km walking just to arrive there.

The afternoon we took off again after a good lunch and very heavy rain. The afternoon gets perfect. No rain, no hot weather. Birds coming on the river to feed. This afternoon we fishing the day enjoy the sunset up to the dusk, just in front a beautiful tree full of any kind of heron and egret.

But the adventure did not finish there. After dinner, around 7:30 pm, we went out for a night tour.


pacific screech owl Costa Rica birding


This is the partial list:

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Gray-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis cinereiceps)
Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis)
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis)
Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)
Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus)
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani)
Hoffmann’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii)
Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Common Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)
Tropical Pewee (Contopus cinereus)
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)
White-ringed Flycatcher (Conopias albovittatus)
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)
Scarlet-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)
Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)



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