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1 insect
17 birds
1 plant
1 mammal
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20 life list firsts

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Buff-rumped Warbler Myiothlypis fulvicauda

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 05:26 AM PST

Description

It was very dark at 6 am, so the photos are blurry. This little bird showed us its buff-rumped feature.

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Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 05:27 AM PST

Description

Two Crested Guans landed on bare branches of a treetop. The second photo shows a bit of the crest.

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Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 05:56 AM PST

Description

I never would have noticed this brown Tawny-winged Woodcreeper foraging on the ground in the dark forest in the early morning. We had an excellent guide, Martín.

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Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:14 AM PST

Description

The Broad-billed Motmot and the Rufous Motmot are similar, and we saw both.

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Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:44 AM PST

Description

A blooming Bromeliad in Arenal.

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Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:47 AM PST

Description

A beautiful Broad-billed Motmot, of which we saw a few. The Broad-billed Motmot and the Rufous Motmot are similar, and we saw both.

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Central American Spider Monkey Ateles geoffroyi

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:53 AM PST

Description

About two dozen Spider Monkeys swung and foraged in the trees, including at least one mother with baby and a few juveniles.

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Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 08:07 AM PST

Description

Here's just one of thousands of Leafcutter Ants we've seen. They are one of the most fascinating animals in Costa Rica, living in colonies of up to five million with one queen. They work tirelessly to bring in bits of leaves to feed just one species of fungus underground. Here you can see ants of two sizes, which perform different tasks. The smaller one checks to be sure the leaves aren't carrying anything that would harm the fungus they cultivate.

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Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 09:50 AM PST

Description

I think this is a Tropical Mockingbird, foraging on the lawn, or maybe gathering items for a nest, with its mate. They flew to a tree beyond the hotel property, then returned. However, my field guide (1989) says wild Tropical Mockingbirds are unlikely in Costa Rica.

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Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii ssp. passerinii

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 12:31 PM PST

Description

This seed-eating bird flew near me as I sat on the grounds of our hotel. A tanager?

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Scarlet-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 12:32 PM PST

Description

We've seen a few spectacular Scarlet-rumped Tanagers, but all flew quickly away. Finally this one flew near me as I sat on the grounds of our hotel.

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Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 12:32 PM PST

Description

I believe this is a Blue-gray Tanager, which flew near me as I sat on the grounds of our hotel in order to eat some seeds.

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Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 01:08 PM PST

Description

At first I thought this was another Great Kiskadee, but then noticed the wings.

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White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:26 PM PST

Description

This White-lined Tanager landed on a hotel building.

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Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:38 PM PST

Description

This morning we saw a pair of Crested Guans in profile with dawn light in a forest. This afternoon across the fence from the hotel property, I heard, then saw a pair fly into an enormous tree and got to see more detail. Amazing birds!

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Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:42 PM PST

Description

I think this may be a Bronzed Cowbird?

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White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:50 PM PST

Description

White-winged Doves seem to be the most common dove on these hotel grounds.

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Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii ssp. passerinii

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:58 PM PST

Description

I think this may be a female Passerini's Tanager, although darker than the other spotted here.

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Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 03:02 PM PST

Description

I was surprised to see a Yellow Warbler, familiar from Washington State.

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Bananaquit Coereba flaveola

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 03:21 PM PST

Description

My first Bananaquit, quite a lovely bird!

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 03:25 PM PST

Description

The Turkey Vulture at the left is keeping company with a huge tree full of mixed Black and Turkey Vultures.

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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 03:34 PM PST

Description

My first Costa Rican hummingbird that almost posed for a photo. I've only seen them flitting away, and in one week, only this one species.