The first official bird count at nearby Guayabo National Monument was held on Sunday November 19. Although many very common species went unrecorded by the 4 birding groups, a total of at least 164 species was registered.
My group trekked from the Monument headquarters at around 1000 m elevation up to the Torito road at more like 1600 m. We were still in what is considered the buffer zone of the Monumento and this gave the opportunity to record some middle-elevation species that are absent down below.
Beautiful sighting of the day must go to the male Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii); a pair shared a tree with 3 late-migrating Red-eyed Vireos and a resident Olive-striped Flycatcher just before the first waterfall on the Torito road.
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus):
By way of comparison, here’s a Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis) in a file photo taken at the other end of the country in Paraíso, Guanacaste:
The species above is not often found on the Caribbean slope between late October and late January. It is one of the few migrants from the south and has nested in my garden. Identification can be a problem when both this species and the Red-eyed Vireo are present. Our group did report one Yellow-green Vireo this time, although I personally missed it.
The Olive-striped Flycatcher (Mionectes olivaceus) is a species that prefers middle and higher elevations:
Come back soon Larry!
With the whistle of a Great Tinamou as a back-drop, one of the first birds of the day was a Gartered Trogon (Trogon caligatus), the commonest trogon in our area:
Our little group found 7 different species of hummingbird, including the following:
We recorded the Purple-crowned Fairy (Heliothryx barroti) at two different locations:
My thanks to the members of our team and most especially to the many hard-working and dedicated workers at the Guayabo National Monument who gave so willingly of their time and resources.