Thursday, 14 November 2013

Costa Rica Highland birds

Back to the world of internet and a catch up of what we have been up to in the last  2 weeks at Madre Selva in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. Our base at 2,500 metres has 3 ringing sites each slightly different in habitat. Compared to our time on the Caribbean coast we caught few migrants and those that we did were mainly species that spend the winter in the lightly forested farmland
like Wilson's Warblers
and Black-throated Green Warblers.
One unexpected migrant to find in a net though was this Broad-winged Hawk

Among the  resident birds that we saw but didn't catch on our last visit was this Paltry Tyrannulet shown in the Lakeside habitat where it is found.
Collared Redstarts are frequently seen around the lake too
Along with Black-capped Flycatchers
Olive-striped Flycatchers
and Flame-throated Warblers.
Some birds that we caught that were more often heard than seen in the forest  included Black-faced Solitaire with a far-carrying flutelike song
Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager
Common Bush-Tanager
Large-footed Finch, both juvenile
 and adult,

Ruddy Treerunner
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch
Spotted Barbtail
 the aptly named Yellow-thighed Finch,

and Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
The species we caught most of at Madre Selva was Ruddy-capped Nightingale Thrush
Some more Highland specialities in the next blog.....

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