My Life List took a quantum leap after this trip.
12.02.2009 27 °C
A Tanager and the National Bird of Costa Rica the Clay colored Robin
Birds of Costa Rica
Try as I might, my bird observation techniques have room for improvement. I have very little success in spotting anything that moves more than a meter per minute, unlike our biologist friend Jim Wolford who is able to count feathers from a kilometer away. I often watch dedicated birders as they spin from branch to shrub following the slightest squeek or blazing flash of color and note that the anticipation of movement along with a fundamental undestanding of flight in the various species is key to getting a decent life list.
My own life list has developed over the past several years with the day to day activities at the 4 plastic feeders outside our window here in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and while it could not rival the diversity of a established birding enthusiast I have compiled a few unique observations such as the Rosebreasted Grossbeak and a rarely seen woodpecker, the name of which at this moment, escapes me. I recently expanded my life list by quantum leaps after a trip to north central Costa Rica at a fruit filled feeder in the central courtyard of La Quinta Hotel http://www.laquintasarapiqui.com and they appear in the photographs below. I would appreciate any correction to the species I may have incorrectly identified and any information that would help in those descriptions.
Two very well photographically equipped bird photographers are seen here waiting for yet another blaze of color to fill their viewfinder. They were impressed with the variety of birds that came twice a day to the feeder.
Left to right 1st row
1 - Green HoneyCreeper
2 - Blue gray Tanager and a Red-legged Honeycreeper
3 - Buff throated Saltator
Left to right 2nd row
4 - Streaked backed Oriole
5 - Golden hooded Tanager
6 - Passerinis Tanager
White throated Magpie
Montezuma, on the western side of the country there are no less numbers of unique varieties of birds but I was only able to nail an image of this White throated Magpie as he was a mascot for the restaurant we were in and he spent a fair bit of time hanging around.