This was my first sighting, albeit fleeting, of a Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in our area. Its flight silhouette is unmistakable, even from a distance, but I was quite surprised to see this single bird overhead as today I checked out swallows and ground-doves at the old ingenio, just below Villa Florencia. As usual, I was without a decent camera and so am indebted, as on many, many occasions, to friend Karel Straatman for his excellent photograph of this species.
In addition, I can also report that the female American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) remains observant on the posts lining the road to Villa Florencia. The only other surprise was a lovely male Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) perched in the hedgerow opposite the sugar-mill.
Here’s a pic of a female in nearby San Rafael, courtesy of Sue Magree. Those unfamiliar with Costa Rican hummingbirds should note that on the male the dark stripe down the breast is against a green background.