Back in Costa Rica, January 2014!

Back home at last after a five-month absence!  My birdwatching in Europe was attended by a lot of good luck and brought me some memorable experiences.  Now, however, it is just fantastic to be back in touch with my local area here on the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano.  Even before I was able to get out into the field, Chalo Porras brought me a photo he took this week at the bridge over Quebrada La Loca of a very stripey Fasciated tiger-heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum).

Was it a return to Quebrada La Loca for this tiger-heron?

Was it a return to Quebrada La Loca for this tiger-heron?

Perhaps this is the same individual that was at this location last year in late March.  I have not been able to find it myself though I have scouted the area each day.  There are also intriguing reports in the village of the guaco, the Laughing falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans).

My first walk around the garden was amazing because, as in the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, “every bird that ever there was, was gathered there”…., or so it seemed.  Subsequent days did not bring such good fortune, but here is my house list from my first few days back home.

  1. Gray-headed chachalaca
  2. Fasciated tiger-heron
  3. Cattle egret
  4. Sunbittern
  5. Black vulture
  6. Turkey vulture
  7. Roadside hawk
  8. Red-billed pigeon
  9. White-winged dove           -4 birds seen in downtown Turrialba, not here at home.  Very common in most of the Central Valley, but I haven’t seen them in the area before.
  10. White-tipped dove
  11. Crimson-fronted parakeet
  12. White-crowned parrot
  13. Groove-billed ani
  14. Bare-shanked screech-owl
  15. Common pauraque
  16. Rufous-tailed hummingbird
  17. Keel-billed toucan
  18. Rufous-winged woodpecker
  19. Yellow-bellied elaenia
  20. Common tody-flycatcher
  21. Dusky-capped flycatcher
  22. Great kiskadee
  23. Social flycatcher
  24. Gray-capped flycatcher
  25. Masked tityra
  26. Yellow-throated vireo
  27. Yellow-green vireo
  28. Brown jay
  29. Blue-and-white swallow
  30. Plain wren
  31. House wren
  32. White-breasted wood-wren
  33. Clay-colored robin
  34. Tennessee warbler
  35. Chestnut-sided warbler
  36. Black-throated green warbler
  37. Golden-crowned warbler
  38. Bananaquit
  39. White-lined tanager
  40. Summer tanager
  41. Passerini’s tanager
  42. Golden-hooded tanager
  43. Blue-gray tanager
  44. Palm tanager
  45. Thick-billed seed-finch
  46. Yellow-faced grassquit
  47. Black-striped sparrow
  48. Rufous-collared sparrow
  49. Grayish saltator
  50. Buff-throated saltator
  51. Black-headed saltator
  52. Rose-breasted grosbeak
  53. Melodious blackbird
  54. Great-tailed grackle
  55. Black-cowled oriole
  56. Baltimore oriole
  57. Montezuma oropendola

Alternating sun and rain – just the tonic after a European winter!

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