We were staying at the recently renovated Costa Rica Bird Observatory house at Madre Selva in the Talamanca range, an area of high biodiversity richness and home to many endemic birds.
a Black-faced Solitaire which has a wonderful flutey song which unfortunately makes them targets for capture for the caged bird trade.
These were nice to age, hatch year birds having clear contrast in the Greater Coverts
Sooty -capped Bush Tanager
and a rather smart Collared Trogon
and a Louisiana Waterthrush
this Flame-throated Warbler
a Streak-breasted Treehunter which lives in a 2 foot burrow!
Black and Yellow Silky-Flycatcher, a highland endemic
and a Brown-capped Vireo.
Collared Redstarts were fairly common
but nice to catch a Slate-throated Redstart too
Of the migrants caught, Wilson's Warblers were the commonest
with a few Black-throated Green Warblers
and quite unusual, a juvenile Ovenbird
and a Summer Tanager
The third site is more open woodland and farmland
but sometimes the cows took rather too much interest in the nets!
and several Grey-breasted Wood-Wrens tooResplendent Quetzels sat in a tree above but not in a net one day.
Hummingbirds were frequent captures at Madre Selva - more about those in the next blog.....