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Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 17, 2019 12:42 PM PST

Description

A beautiful Squirrel Cuckoo flew into a tree, and then flew away.

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Brown Jay Psilorhinus morio

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 17, 2019 01:15 PM PST

Description

I think this may be a juvenile Brown Jay.

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Brown Jay Psilorhinus morio

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 17, 2019 01:13 PM PST

Description

This looks like the Brown Jay in my field guide.

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 17, 2019 12:20 PM PST

Description

Our first armadillo in Costa Rica, foraging by the creek. We thought it was ignoring us, and suddenly it saw us and ran away!

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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 09:00 AM PST

Description

Perhaps a Spotted Sandpiper?

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Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 12:36 PM PST

Description

These photos are zoomed way in, and blurry. For several minutes it looked like a large and a small whale were swimming by. Lots of splashing water, but very little visible above the surface of the water. A local told us whales are usually only here in October.

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Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:42 AM PST

Description

We were thrilled to finally find a Turquoise-browed Motmot, right above the beach.

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Variegated Squirrel Sciurus variegatoides

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:44 AM PST

Description

A Variegated Squirrel was in the same trees as the four Howler Monkeys.

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Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:52 AM PST

Description

This beautiful Streak-backed Oriole flew above us near the beach.

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Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 11:56 AM PST

Description

This medium sized hawk with a dark brown back, white edge to its tail feathers, and an orange beak tipped in black sat on the same branch for 45 minutes.

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Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 10:33 AM PST

Description

This sole cormorant swam past me, then flew off.

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Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 11:01 AM PST

Description

I think these may be Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

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Mantled Howler Monkey Alouatta palliata

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:50 AM PST

Description

Three adult Howler Monkeys and one baby rested and moved around a bit in the trees above the beach.

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Rose-bellied Lizard Sceloporus variabilis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 06:58 AM PST

Description

This lizard wasn't very frightened by us.

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Black Spiny-tailed Iguana Ctenosaura similis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 10:51 AM PST

Description

This 3' Iguana walked towards the beach.

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Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 04:24 PM PST

Description

A sole Brown Pelican flew to the beach and landed on a tree on the cliff above the beach. Later we realized ver 100 were nesting on a small island.

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Sea Anemones Family Actiniidae

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 04:27 PM PST

Description

These four anemones were the only ones I found on this beach. Each was about 1 1/2" across. I was surprised they were in the upper intertidal zone.

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wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 03:50 PM PST

Description

These may be the remains of calcareous marine worms? A few boulders were covered by the rows of empty holes.

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White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 03:18 PM PST

Description

Not very good photos from a distance, but a wonderful bird, the White-throated Magpie-Jay.

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wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 03:59 PM PST

Description

These pink shells were the most common washed ashore during the low tide.

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Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 03:45 PM PST

Description

Most of the Grackles I've seen in Costa Rica are black, with much longer tails, the Great-tailed Grackle. This is one of about six brown birds foraging together in tide pools at low tide.

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wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 04:12 PM PST

Description

I found one tide pool with about ten Dolabrifera dolabrifera, perfectly camouflaged.

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Gray-headed Chachalaca Ortalis cinereiceps

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 06:45 AM PST

Description

This Gray-headed Chachalaca was feeding on berries in a huge tree with about five Crested Guans and one Collared Araçari.

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Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth Bradypus variegatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 03:59 PM PST

Description

A Baby Three-toed Sloth was clinging to its mother high up in a tree, showing us its three claws. So amazing to see!

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Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 12:47 PM PST

Description

I think this may be a White-vented Euphonia.

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Variegated Squirrel Sciurus variegatoides

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 01:35 PM PST

Description

A squirrel high in a tree beside a house.

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White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 14, 2019 03:14 PM PST

Description

Yet another new dove for me-- the White-tipped-- foraged on the grounds of the hotel.

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Shining Honeycreeper Cyanerpes lucidus

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 02:29 PM PST

Description

Our guide pointed out this bird, that he called a Shining Woodcreeper.

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Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 07:46 AM PST

Description

This photo of a Red-lored Prrot was taken with a zoom lens while it sat in a tree far away.

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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 14, 2019 02:00 PM PST

Description

Finally a better photo of the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, the only hummingbird I've succeeded in identifying and photographing after more than a week in Costa Rica.

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