Sunday, 13 September 2015

From September on the Teifi forests and mountains of Costa Rica

This likely our final post before Wendy and I go on our regular Fall Migration Monitoring visit to Costa Rica - our fourth year. Chris goes to Spain, and Dawn and Karen go to Bardsey !

This juvenile Spotted Flycatcher the September highlight for me, one of two we caught this Autumn.
Other highlights on posts below...and more flycatchers in Costa Rica soon !

September totals to the 13th, have Chiffchaffs leading the way with 175 new birds and Blackcaps with 104.
Of the acros... Sedge Warbler  with 23 and Reed Warbler with 18, we did expect a few more.
10 Willow Warblers, only 5 Common Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat, likely a reflection of the change in effort and location this early September.

Off we go !

From ringing from the back of a Land Rover here with Chris, to the humidity of the Caribbean Lowland Forest, and 70 species of Flycatcher on the Costa Rican list...

Here Wendy is at our Aeroporto banding site at Tortuguero, surrounded not by flycatchers on this occasion but by Swainson's Thrushes - we banded over 400  in Sept /Oct 2013

On our first visit in 2012, this Royal Flycatcher was one of the first birds to great us on our first banding session at Cano Palma - COTERC..the Canadian Organisation for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation.

This is our home for the first couple of weeks. Madre Selva in the Costa Rica Highlands where we operate three Constant Effort Sites.

More from Costa Rica soon...we arrive in San Jose on Wednesday afternoon, and band at INBioparque on Thursday morning...
A Blue- crowned  Motmot for Wendy maybe..

On two previous trips, Wendy has left Costa Rica without seeing a in the hand Blue-crowned Motmot.

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