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Costa Rica Trip:
October 2004

    Itinerary:
    Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center


Synopsis
 
Friday, October 8
 
    Traveling to Costa Rica is always tiring.  Though flight time is 8 hours total adding in layover, plane changing, and customs, it becomes a very tiring day.  We had changed planes in Dallas.  The flight to Dallas was okay, but I forgot how much the Dallas airport sucks.  It’s poorly designed – the gates are far away from each other and the stupid train system is on its last legs.  Back to the flight.  Aside from the flight leaving a little late, the flight to San Jose was pretty uneventful We got to San Jose late in the evening and caught a cab to the Don Carlos.  I think the price went up to $12.
    We didn’t get a great room at the Don Carlos.  It had no view, just a wall with some masks put on it… but we only paid for the ‘standard double.’  I guess an actually view might cost a little more.  But we were in Costa Rica!  And it was nice to know I won’t have to fly 8 hours for the next 11 days.
 
Saturday, October 9
 
    We woke up early the next morning and found out the water was cold – the water heater wasn’t working or something so that was annoying.  But we went to the breakfast buffet, which was typical Costa Rican: beans and rice and scrambled eggs.  I was happy about that.  We got a call at the hotel in the morning from Brian of the Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center (CRARC).  He said he would pick us up around noon so we had some time to kill.  We wondered over to the park where I got to watch the birds.  And there was a surprising amount of activity for being the in middle of a busy city.  But it made me happy and kept me well entertained.  Plus it was “practice” for the rest of the trip.   
    Brian and his friend picked us up at the hotel and we headed over to the Caribbean side.  This is the earliest time in the year we’ve been to Costa Rica… I think it’s the transition between dry and wet season.  But once we reached the lowlands of the Caribbean… wow was it hot.  I hoped the rainforest at Brian’s farm would provide some cover. 
The CRARC is located just south of Siquirres.  Brian told us about his farm being connected to a large belt of protected forest that basically stretched into Panama.  So seeing a diversity of wildlife seemed promising.  Brian’s property consisted of his house, which was surrounded by a vast lawn probably to discourage snakes and the such from getting too close.  There were also the remnants of coffee plants grown over in the front yard.  He built a nice pond (teaming with frog life) next to the house and planted much of the yard with plants to attract the birds.  He also left fruit trees, but tried to naturalize them with orchards and other air plants.  His ‘backyard’ was the rainforest.  And he had quite a view from his house… minus the power lines that stretched across it.  Brian’s house was small with all the necessities: two small rooms off a living/dining/office area.  A small kitchen and a separate bathroom with shower (to my relief) were in the back of the house.  It was a simple design and all one would really need.
     Shortly after we set our stuff down, we went on a hike to check out the cabin that Brian was having build on a section of the forest that was once cut down and had coffee plants.  The hike into the forest was challenging, the main reason the land wasn’t bulldozed and completely converted into farmland.  It was very steep terrain and Brian put a lot of work into building an impressive set of trails.  To get into the forest we went down a steep set of stairs, but once we got into the forest things cooled down considerable and were much more interesting. We checked out the cabin’s progress and then hiked on to see the waterfall.  It was a steep and somewhat slippery hike to the waterfall.  We hiked down to the Siquirres River and followed the river down a little and back onto another trail until we popped out below the waterfall.  It was nice and there was a nice pool down there as well.  Well by this time, we were sweating up a storm.  We didn’t have any time to acclimate to the heat and humidity and all the hiking sure didn’t help.  After the brief visit to the falls, we hiked back up at too quick a pace to really enjoy anything.  
    After dinner, we went to a creek below his property that was a good place to see glass frogs.  We hiked down there and through the creek.  Saw a couple of glass frogs fighting, a sleeping basilisk, and a freshwater shrimp.

Sunday, October 10
 
    I got up early right when the sun rose.  I swept the cobwebs from my eyes as I tried to focus them on the morning’s birds.  Though there were many birds hopping about, it wasn’t as intensive as Rara Avis’ Plastico or Selve Verda.  But it was definitely enjoyable none the less.  Brian said that our timing wasn’t very good for birds, usually in March the farm is busy with bird life and the bananas he puts out are gone within the same day.  Also he thought that food was very abundant during the time we were there – many different trees were flowering and fruiting so finding food wasn’t hard for the birds.  So there weren’t large concentrations either.  Something I noticed by the end of the trip was the lack of mixed flocks.  In Corcovado, I remembered the flocks of birds that would appear suddenly and disappear just as quickly… I don’t know if it was timing or if it was area, but the birds didn’t come around in groups like that.  The morning did bring a 3-toed sloth though.  We also saw a second sloth that was napping in a tree closer to the house.
    We hung out behind the Brian's house and I watched a somewhat productive flowering tree that some birds including a bronze-tailed hummingbird frequently visited.  With Brian and his wife, Ahora, we walked up to Brian’s neighboring "right hand man," Maximo who was also into conservation and frequently helped Brain out on his farm.  Maximo had a pair of golden-hooded tanager chicks from a nest that he found in a palm he chopped down.  He put the chicks in a shoe box and set them outside the house, the parents took care of them all the same.  But he showed us the box with the two chicks – they were ugly as all baby birds usually are, but it was funny to see. 
    We walked up the road more to a neighboring farm to see if we could find a certain tree that was endemic.  Brian was very interested in restoring endemic trees on his farm.  An admirable effort.  But by the time we got up to the farm, it was getting late.  So we looked around a bit and stopped by a stream close to the road to look for a specific frog.  The stream would have been beautiful… but it was seriously trashed.  Most Costa Ricans haven’t learned the value of properly disposing of trash and take a lot of nature for granted.  I don’t think they know the full repercussions of chuck trash into the rainforest… but the country is slowly starting a recycling program.  It’s in its infant stages and changing anything far into the ‘backroads’ area seems next to impossible.  Many people don’t even get garbage service.  Anyway, the stream frog seemed to thrive among the trash.
 
Monday, October 11
 
    We woke up early and birded around the farm for a little bit.  Then after a quick breakfast we headed down to the forest.  We headed down to the Siquirres river again this time we went up instead of down to the waterfall.  We hiked up a bit, saw some neat things by the river, gray-headed kite, crab, fish, dead frog, large trees that had fallen over the river and lots of morphos.  It was a beautiful river.  We headed back to the farm.  When we got back, it rain for a brief time and thought that it might be enough to waken up some of the wildlife, including the birds and amphibians.  A few aracaris came down and feed on the bananas.  
    In the evening, we went on a night hike with Brian and Ahora.  We saw some really neat things, a small fer de lance, lots of big insects, tarantula, lots of frogs, a kinkajou (heard and eye shine), a black and white owl and a velvet worm, probably a very rare sighting. 
 
Tuesday, October 12
 
    The next morning, we headed out early in the rainforest.  We went down to the cat trail, where Brian recommended for birding.  The more time I spent in the rainforest the more I saw.  The under story birds appeared and I became more familiar with their calls.  Sadly I know that a year from now… not even that long… a couple of weeks from now, I will forget all that I learned on this trip and have to relearn everything again… but that’s not always a bad thing.  It’s fun and challenging learning about the birds.
    We returned to the house in the afternoon.  Brian and Ahora had gone, so we cleaned up and sat around and watched the landscape.  In the evening when they returned, we went to Wahkus, an old burial site that was a good spot for a certain glass frog.  It was only a mile away, but it was one uncomfortable ride.  The road we had to drive down… probably less that ½ a mile, but it was so incredible bumpy.  We were tossed back and forth and side to side.  I worried about popping up and hitting my head against the ceiling.
    Once we got there, we spotted a fer de lance, perfectly coiled and waiting for an unsuspecting frog to cross its path.  We found two other fer de lances later who were also waiting for a good meal.  There was a nice little stream that crossed the road, up the stream a little, Brian found the glass frog.  Looked like a little green booger on the underside of a leaf.  After a little looking around, we piled back into the car and headed up the road again, grinding and bouncing along.  It was an interesting trip.
 
Wednesday, October 14
 
Woke up early again today and birded around the farm.  We took a hike into the forest, mainly hiking the pipeline trail, to return just as dusk was setting in.

Thursday, October 15
 
    We woke up early and headed into the forest.  We stopped by the opening in the forest that Brian mentioned a snowcap was seen there, but there was no luck spotting one.  And we decided to hike another trail that was further up the river than we’ve been before.  It was good hike up the river.  There were cows on the river, but we got past them and there was a spot along the river that the birds seemed to particularly like.  The river opened up a little bit, but it was still interesting and beautiful. 
    I really started to enjoy birding in the forest.  It definitely takes patience and can be frustrating, but it seems to feel like it brings me more in touch with the bird… just standing there in the rainforest, listening intensely and looking for any movement.  It’s very reward once the bird is spotted and better when I get a good look at it.
 
Friday, October 16
 
    We headed into the forest early again.  I kept on seeing new things, including new birds – something very exciting and unique to a rainforest.  In the temperate zone, you can pretty much guess what you’ll see in the forest, but down there – there’s so much diversity…
    Brian took us to his friend, Eric’s house.  Eric had moved or rather hitch-hiked his way to Costa Rica when he was young.  He built his way up from working on plantations to implementing ideas and techniques for growing plants there.  And he did really well for himself.  He’s been in Costa Rica for over 30 years and lived comfortably with his wife and already sent his daughter to a college in the US.   He had a 200 acre farm that has a good part of rainforest with a beautiful river and canyon still intact.
    We had to drive through a pineapple plantation, and I’ll never think of pineapples the same way again.  The once lush rainforest had been reduced to rows upon rows of pineapple plant tightly backed together.  The soil looked incredible poor like it’s been used over and over again… it felt like a hot baking oven… it’s amazing the pineapple can grow on the lumpy clay.  So we bumped along the dirt road and pulled into Eric’s driveway.  Immediately the vegetation returned and the temperature was more bearable.  I think of the pineapple farm whenever anyone says vegetarians are more environmental.
    We pulled into the carport on one side was the main house on the other side sat a guesthouse.  We walked up to the guesthouse and sat on a beautifully designed covered deck with a larger deck attached to it.  It was perfect for sitting and birding.  The height of the deck made the birds at eye level.  There were hummingbirds buzzing around: crowned woodnymphs, rufous-tails, green-breasted mangoes, and bronze-tailed plumeleteers.  Eric had planted for the birds as well as providing some very well used hummingbird feeders.
    So we visited with Eric and talked with him a bit.  I sat there happily birding off his deck.  We went for a walk down to the river edge.  He built some nice paths down to the river and a platform into a deep pool in the river.  It looked very inviting to go for a swim.  There were some large fish in the water.  After a short time, we returned to the house and went back to Brian’s car.  I was a little disappointed to go after seeing all the birding potential at Eric’s place.
    When we got back to Brian's house, it had rained up there quite a bit, so we decided to go on a night hike into the forest.  We hiked out and saw a good number of amphibians and one litter gecko.  There was an impressive amount of frogs out, though Brian said there weren’t as many as usual since it was still relatively dry.  But still I was impressed.
 
Saturday, October 16
 
    Due to a last minute change of plans, Brian was going to drop us off to meet Eric and we were going to spend the day at his place.  So with swim suits packed up, we were “exchanged” in a town close to Eric’s and he drove us in a different back way that was much more comfortable.  Eric showed us where a boat-billed heron rookery was and the hiding place of a boat next to the man-made swamp/pond.  He settled us into the guesthouse a bit and left us to our own devices.
    We headed down to pond, birding the grassy meadows.  We got to the boat and saw the herons sitting in tops of the trees.  We made them a bit nervous by standing under them.  We shoved off into the pond where the sugar bees attacked us.  But the boating was pleasant.  A dwarf spotted gecko fell into our boat when we were going under a fallen tree.  There was a green heron and a green kingfisher along the bank of the pond.  Then the sun came out… it quickly got hot and we found ourselves in the middle with a large impassable section between us and our “dock.”  But we forced our way through and we were back in the pleasant shade.
    After putting the boat back, we hiked back up to the house ready to cool off in the river to escape the heat.  We changed and headed down through the rainforest to the river.  The river was a lot cooler if not cold.  It was a bit difficult to get into… I finally just jumped into the deep spot giving myself no chance of thinking about it.  I quickly got used to the river and was able to look down and see the fish swimming about our feet, picking up bits of vegetation that we dislodged from the boulders.  With our tevas on, we swam around the pool a little, going into the jets of water to be propelled down the river a little bit.  We swam up the river, where the water became deeper and the walls were steeper and we found ourselves swimming up a canyon surrounded by rainforest.  It’s a lot more difficult swimming in cold water, especially if there’s a current pushing you the other way.  I had to rest along the canyon wall every once and a while.  We reached a larger waterfall that cascaded down smoothed out rock.  We decided to float back down stream, after our exhausting swim.  We swam into the stream and floated down on our backs.  It didn’t take too long to get back down. 
Tired we climbed out of the river and dried off, then headed back to the house.  Eric offered us lunch as we talk to him about various things.  We ended up birding on the guesthouse deck again.
    Later in the evening, Brian and Ahora picked us up.  We went back to the house and had dinner.
 
Sunday, October 17
 
    We got up a little later in the day.  It was raining in the morning so we took it easy.  I decided since it was our last day we should at least go out to the rainforest… to experience what a rainforest should be like.  I was quickly reminded how difficult birding was in the pouring rain.  Visibility is poor and trying to distinguish bird movement from leaf-being-hit-by-rain movement is impossible.
    We returned to the house a little wet and cleaned up.  After cleaning up and packing up, Brian and Ahora took us down to Siquirres.  We missed the bus so we had lunch with them, said goodbye, and caught our bus.  The bus ride was pretty exciting – in the fact that our driver was a fast driver.  He kept passing other cars, even as we went through the cloud forest.  But we got to San Jose in less than 2 hours.
    We were soon back in the Hotel Don Carlos and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.
 
Monday, October 18
 
    The travel day back… we got up early since we had an early flight.  When we checked into the airline, we found out our flight was delayed two hours.  We later found out that the plane had to land in Limon the previous night due to weather conditions so those passengers were delayed and were only getting into San Jose this morning.  But either way, it was an inconvenience to us since we’d get into Seattle later.  So we were stuck at the airport for a couple of hours.  That was plenty of time to roam the gift stores that basically all held the same Café Britt stuff.
    There was much confusion about the gate, since another flight run by another airline was arriving/leaving at the same time ours was expected.  So our flight was a little later than planned on top of it.  We started to have worries about catching our connecting flight in Dallas.  But it was entertaining to watch the Taca flight to Panama load up… it was completely in Spanish, fast, and totally disorganized.  I was surprised that more people don’t miss their flight because they didn’t hear the flight being called.
    When our time came, we were surprised as we were loaded up into a shuttle and driven to the airplane.  We finally were on board that’s all that mattered.  We got into Dallas with less than an hour to get through customs, claim our bags, and get to our gate… we hoped for the best.  Things looked good to begin with, we got through customs quickly.  Our bags took a little bit.  I think the handlers riffled through the top of my bag, which pissed me off, but I was smart enough not to put anything of value in it (what kind of homeland security do we have when there are thieves handling our baggage?).  We got our bags checked and taken away to our connecting flight.  Now if only we could make it.
    We got up to the main floor and found a long line waiting to get through the security check… there was 25 minutes to get to our gate which was in a separate wing.  A security work informed us that there was a shuttle outside to the C wing, we bolted and loaded the bus.  It waited a little, but we could tell most of the riders on the bus were as anxious as we were… a lot of them were from our Costa Rica flight.  One person who boarded the bus had the nerve to mention he would get a drink at the bar… everyone glowered at him.
    We were pleading with the driver to go, but he seemed to take his time and we snaked our way through the roads to the C wing.  (I was really loathing the Dallas Airport by now.)  There were three stops on the wing and of course ours was the last.  We exited the shuttle and went through security, which was thankfully a short line.  After getting through security, I ran to our gate, which wasn’t too far away.  We were the last to board the plane.  The plane left the gate shortly after our arrival.  The flight back seemed long and I was so listless.  The stress was too much and I just ached to be back home…
 
Days after our return…
We came down with something awful… vomiting, aches, dizziness, chills, fever, diarrhea… I came down with it one day later.  Must have been something we picked up flying back… luckily it lasted only a couple of days…
   
Afterthought…
I was somewhat surprised that at the end of the trip I was looking forward to being home.  Maybe it was the last minute stress or the fact that this vacation we weren’t pampered like our honeymoon.   Either way, I still like Costa Rica.  I look forward to returning one day… I am now interested in going to other central or South American countries.  I think I just love being in an exciting place like in the rainforest where there’s so much to see.  It was a good trip overall, not exactly what I expected, but in the end a good vacation.

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Pictures

Red-eyed Tree Frog, Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center (CRARC)
Green Basilisk
Glass Frog, CRARC
Why they call them the glass frogs, CRARC
Sunrise over the rainforest, CRARC
Three-toed Sloth, CRARC
CRARC
Snail eater Snake, CRARC
Golden-hooded Tanager chicks
Stream Frog
Groove-billed Ani
Black-throated Trogon, CRARC
CRARC
CRARC
Collared Aracari, CRARC
Tree Frog sex, CRARC
Leaf mimic, CRARC
CRARC
Velvet worm, CRARC
CRARC
Dirt Frog, CRARC
D. Pumilio, CRARC
Mist rises off the rainforest, CRARC
Fer-de-Lance
CRARC
Whiptail, CRARC
Colorful grasshopper, CRARC
Broad-billed Motmot, CRARC
Pale-billed Woodpecker,
CRARC
Pineapple field, former rainforest
Shining Honeycreeper
Red-eyed Tree Frog, CRARC
Red-eyed Tree Frog, CRARC
Red-eyed Tree Frog Sex, CRARC
Litter Gecko, CRARC
Glass Frog, Ilex, CRARC
Spotted Dwarf Gecko
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Bird List

Common Name Scientific Name En Español Place Seen/Heard notes
Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui Tinamú Chico CRARC (h) understory
Neotropical Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus Cormorán Neotropical from the road
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius Pico-Cuchara o Chocuaco Eric's pond rookery of at leat 10
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Garcilla Bueyera CRARC (o/h) 3 flying 
Green Heron Butorides virescens Garcilla Verde Eric's, Siquirres next to large pond
Great Egret Ardea albus Garceta Grande Eric's (o/h), from the road
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Zopilote Cabecirrojo everywhere
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Zopilote Negro everywhere
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa Zopilote Rey CRARC (o/h)
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Aguila Pescadora CRARC (o/h)
Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis Gavilán Cabecigrís CRARC forest, next to river
Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus Gavilán Cangrejero CRARC (o/h)
Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga Gavilán Negro Mayor CRARC forest
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Gavilán Aludo CRARC (o/h)
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus Gavilán Colicorto CRARC (o/h)
Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni Gavilán de Swainson Eric's, Siquirres (o/h) large group kettling to next thermal
Great Curassow Crax rubra Pavón Grande CRARC forest 1 male flopping around in canopy
Rock Pigeon Columba livia Paloma Doméstica San Jose
Pale-vented Pigeon Columba cayennensis Paloma Colorada Eric's farm
Red-billed Pigeon Columba flavirostris Paloma Piquirroja CRARC farm edge
Short-billed Pigeon Columba nigrirostris Paloma Piquicorta CRARC forest canopy
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica Paloma Aliblanca San Jose
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Paloma Coliblanca CRARC, Eric's farm walks on ground often
Great Green Macaw Ara ambigua Lapa Verde Eric's farm (o/h)
Crimson-fronted Parakeet Aratinga finschi Perico Frentirrojo CRARC, San Jose
Olive-throated Parakeet Aratinga nana Perico Azteco CRARC farm
Brown-hooded Parrot Pionopsitta haematotis Loro Cabecipardo Eric's farm
White-crowned Parrot Pionus senilis Loro Coroniblanco CRARC farm
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana Cuco Ardilla Eric's farm
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris Garrapatero Piquiestriado CRARC, Eric's farm
Black-and-white Owl Ciccaba nigrolineata Lechuza Blanco y Negro CRARC forest
Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis Tapacaminos Común CRARC, Eric's farm mating call & dance after dusk, calling from the roof
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris Vencejón Collarejo CRARC (o/h)
Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris Vencejo Lomigrís CRARC (o/h)
Bronzy Hermit Glaucis aenea Ermitaño Bronceado CRARC forest understory feeding on heliconas
Long-tailed Hermit Phaethornis superciliosus Ermitaño Colilargo CRARC forest understory
Little Hermit Phaethornis longuemareus Ermitaño Enano CRARC edge farm
Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus Ala de Sable Violáceo CRARC forest understory buzzed us in the forest
Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii Manguito Pechiverde Eric's farm females
Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti Colibrí Cabeciazul Eric's farm, CRARC edge
Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica Ninfa Violeta y Verde Eric's farm
Blue-chested Hummingbird Amazilia amabilis Amazilia Pechiazul CRARC edge
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl Amazilia Rabirrufa CRARC, Eric's farm, edges, San Jose
Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer Chalybura urochrysia Colibrí Patirrojo CRARC, Eric's farm, edges
Black-throated Trogon Trogon rufus Trogón Cabeciverde CRARC edges
Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceus Trogón Violáceo CRARC edges
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana Martín Pescador Verde Eric's pond
Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum Momoto Piquiancho CRARC forest mid level watched 2 watching us, slow tail wagging
White-fronted Nunbird Monasa morphoeus Monja Frentiblanca CRARC mid level in opening seen at the property line
Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus Tucancillo Collarejo CRARC, Eric's farm
Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus Tucán Pico Iris CRARC, Eric's farm
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos swainsonii Tucán de Swainson CRARC, Eric's farm
Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani Carpintero Carinegro CRARC, Eric's farm snag with holes in it
Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus Carpintero Verde Dorado CRARC forest canopy
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus Carpintero Lineado Eric's farm
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis Carpintero Picoplata CRARC forest male seen carving out a nest hole, female nearby
Long-tailed Woodcreeper Deconychura longicauda Trepador Delgado CRARC forest
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorhynchus spirurus Trepadorcito Pico de Cuña  CRARC forest, farm
Buff-throated Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus guttatus CRARC forest, farm
Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius Trepador Manchado CRARC forest
Plain Xenops Xenops minutus Xenops Común CRARC forest, edge small, hangs upside down on horizontal branches
Slaty Antshrike Thamnophilus punctatus Batará Plomizo CRARC forest understory
White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris Hormiguerito Flanquiblanco CRARC forest understory pair
Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis Hormiguerito Alipunteado CRARC forest male
Chestnut-backed Antbird Myrmeciza exsul Hormiguero Dorsicastaño CRARC forest understory
Dull-mantled Antbird Myrmeciza laemosticta Hormiguero Alimaculado CRARC forest understory
White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus Cabezón Aliblanco CRARC forest mid level male
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata Tityra Carirroja CRARC farm
Red-capped Manakin Pipra mentalis Saltarín Cabecirrojo CRARC forest understory
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei Saltarín Cuelliblanco CRARC forest understory, edge
Long-tailed Tyrant Colonia colonus Mosquero Coludo neighboring CRARC, pastor opening
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus Tirano Tropical CRARC, Eric's farm
White-ringed Flycatcher Coryphotriccus albovittatus Mosquero Cabecianillado CRARC farm
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarhynchus pitangua Mosquerón Picudo CRARC, Eric's farm
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus Atila Lomiamarilla Eric's farm
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris Mosquero Vientriazufrado CRARC forest edge, Eric's farm
Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis Mosquero Cabecigrís CRARC, Eric's farm
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis Mosquero Cejiblanco CRARC, Eric's farm
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Bienteveo Grande  CRARC, Eric's farm
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus Copetón Viajero CRARC river edge
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus borealis Pibí Boreal CRARC edge
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus Pibí Occidental CRARC forest edge
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens Pibí Oriental CRARC farm
Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus Pibí Tropical CRARC farm
Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum nigriceps Espatulilla Cabecinegra CRARC forest edge a pair, fast moving
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum Espatulilla Común CRARC, Eric's farm
Yellow-bellied Eleania Elaenia flavogaster Elainia Copetona CRARC, Eric's farm
Mistletoe Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus Mosquerito Cejigrís CRARC farm
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Golondrina Tijereta CRARC farm (o/h)
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis Golondrina Alirrasposa Sureña CRARC farm (o/h)
Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca Golondrina Azul y Blanco San Jose
Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio Urraca Parda CRARC farm, forest
Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus Soterrey Matraquero CRARC farm
Bay Wren Thryothorus nigricapillus Soterrey Castaño CRARC forest edge
House Wren Troglodytes aedon Soterrey Cucarachero CRARC farm
White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta Soterrey de Selva Pechiblanco CRARC forest understory
Song Wren Cyphorinus phaeocephalus Soterrey Canoro CRARC forest understory sound like soft clucking chickens
Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi Mirlo Pardo (Yiguirro) everywhere
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus Zorzal de Swainson CRARC, Eric's farm, edges
Tawny-faced Gnatwren Microbates cinereiventris Soterillo Caricafé CRARC forest understory
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus Vireo Ojirrojo CRARC, Eric's farm, San Jose
Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus Verdillo Menudo CRARC forest canopy
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola Reinita Mielera CRARC forest edge only saw 1
Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina Reinita Verdilla Eric's farm
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia Reinita Amarilla CRARC farm
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens Reinita Cariamarilla CRARC forest canopy
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica Reinita de Costillas Castañas CRARC, Eric's farm, edges
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus Reinita Hornera San Jose bobs up and down when walking
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis Reinita Acuatica Norteña Eric's river edge
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala Antifacito Coronigrís CRARC farm
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis Reinita Pechirrayada San Jose, CRARC forest canopy
Buff-rumped Warbler Phaeothlypis fulvicauda Reinita Guardaribera CRARC, Eric's river edge
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma Oropéndola de Moctezuma CRARC, Eric's farm
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus Clarinero (Zanate Grande) San Jose, roadside
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius Bolsero Castaño San Jose
Black-cowled Oriole Icterus dominicensis Bolsero Capuchinegro CRARC farm feeding on bananas
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula Bolsero Norteño CRARC farm feeding on bananas
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Zacatero Común CRARC farm (h)
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi Eufonia Olivácea CRARC, Eric's farm
Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata Tangara Capuchidorada CRARC, Eric's farm
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza Mielero Verde CRARC forest edge
Shining Honeycreeper Cyanerpes lucidus Mielero Luciente CRARC, Eric's farm, edges
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana Mielero Azulejo CRARC Eric's farm
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta Mielero Celeste y Negro CRARC, Eric's farm
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus Tangara Azuleja CRARC, Eric's farm feeding on bananas
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum Tangara Palmera CRARC, Eric's farm often feeding on bananas
Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii Tangara de Passerini CRARC, Eric's farm
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra Tangara Veranera San Jose, CRARC, Eric's farm
Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda Tangara Hormiguera Gorgirroja Eric's farm 2ndary forest understory
Tawny-crested Tanager Tachyphonus delattrii Tangara Coronidorada CRARC forest edges large flocks seen foraging together
Dusky-faced Tanager Mitrospingus cassinii Tangara Carinegruzca CRARC forest understory
Black-and-yellow Tanager Chrysothlypis chrysomelas Tangara Negro y Dorado CRARC edge
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus Saltator Gorgianteado CRARC, Eric's farm
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens Saltator Grisaceo San Jose
Slate-colored Grosbeak Pitylus grossus Picogrueso Piquirrojo CRARC forest edge immatures no white patch and brown/black bill
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus Picogrueso Pechirrosado Eric's grass meadows
Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides Picogrueso Negro Azulado CRARC forest edge
Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea Semillerito Cariamarillo Eric's grass meadows
Variable Seedeater Sporophila aurita Espiguero Variable CRARC, Eric's grass meadows
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Semillerito Negro Azulado CRARC, Eric's grass meadows performing mating dance and call
Black-striped Sparrow Arremonops conirostris Pinzón Cabecilistado Eric's grass meadows
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis Chingolo San Jose

Other Critter List

CRARC
White faced cappucin
Howlers (h)
Ocelot (tracks & urine smell)
Verigated squirrel
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (2)
Common Opossum
Kinkajou
Bat sp
Nine banded armadillo
Forest spine pocket mouse (dead)
Velvet worm
Green Basilisk
Fer de lance
Vine Snake
Cat's eye snake
D. pumilio (dart frog)
D. auratus (dart frog)
B. marinus (toad)
C. ilex  (glass frog)
C. spinosa (glass frog)
H. fleischmanni (glass frog)
H. talamancae (glass frog)
B. haematiticus
A. callidryas (red eye tree frog)
A. spurrelli (metamorphs & baby)
A. saltator
Litter gecko
Anole sps.
whiptail lizard
P. leamur
D. rufioculis
E. noblei
L. pentadactylus (big toad)
R. vaillanti
R. warszewitschii
H. loquax
H. ebraccata
H. lancasteri
& other dirt frog sp.

Eric's farm
Howler monkey (h)
Dwarf spotted gecko
Red tailed squirrel
D. pumilio

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Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center
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