The morning's banding at INBio in San Jose came up with the goods !
More on Swainson's Thrushes wing lengths later. The sparrow was closely followed by this Baltimore Oriole, another 1st for us in Costa Rica.
Our San Jose site is our only site for White-tipped Dove too...
In 2013 we banded over 500 Swainson's Thrushes in Tortugureo, this year 90 so far. Whilst at INBio we were surprised to band 12. We immediately picked up on the wing length. These migrants passing through Central Valley, Costa Rica seemed to have longer wing lengths. A quick look at our data confirrmed this.
In summary the average on the Caribbean coast 96.8mm and through the Central Valley 99.2mm.
Races ?? food for thought...
Not all banding, we did pick up two male Golden-winged Warblers in our very local park !
We share this San Jose park with the front of the Justice Ministry of Costa Rica, and it's armed guards !!
We are now back in the mountains....
Yesterday our second Ovenbird in the Highlands - in four Fall visits.
Back to the resident species, we catch about eight times the number of resident to migrant species here in the Highlands, many endemic to the Highlands and adjacent Panama. With the nest of this next bird descibed as unkown in S & Sutch, I was delighted to hear Wendy shout !
On to today..
Like the Isle of Lewis today !!
....We have Wilson's Warblers too.