Bienvenido a Costa Rica

2008 February 20
by David J. Ringer

MORAVIA, COSTA RICA — I arrived in Costa Rica on Monday. It’s my first time here. I’ve been staying in a suburb of San José, which isn’t particularly bird-rich. Some of the city birds are common in Texas (e.g., Great-tailed Grackles and White-winged Doves), others reach the northernmost limit of their distribution in southern Texas (e.g., Red-billed Pigeon and Clay-colored Thrush (Robin)). There are Central American specialties too of course, like Rufous-collared Sparrow, and….


This is a Blue-crowned Motmot (Motmotus motmota). Wow! That blue gleams with a breathtaking brilliance. The bird’s racket-shaped central tail feathers are obscured in this photo, unfortunately.


Today we visited the gardens at Hotel Bougainvillea — crammed with spectacular flowers and other plants. There were birds around too, including North American refugees like Yellow Warbler and Summer Tanager, and some Central American birds I haven’t had time to look up yet.

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5 Responses
  1. Greg permalink
    February 21, 2008

    Great to hear from you again! Nathan and I had our last Costa Rican lifer at Hotel Bougainvillea. Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow. This hotel was our last stop before heading back to the states last summer.
    Birdstack is awesome! Great job!

  2. February 21, 2008

    I too got my Prevost’s Ground Sparrow there too. The grounds there are not half-bad as a starting point. We had calling Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls there too when I was there in 2005. Man, I miss CR… I’m off to Guatemala in a week though so I’ll get some tropical birding in myself!

  3. February 22, 2008

    Aw, you are so fortunate. Costa Rica has got to be one of the birdiest places on the planet.

  4. April 3, 2008

    I love your Blue Crowned Motmot photograph. I saw many of them on my trip to Panama in the canal zone area. They let me get pretty close so I was able to get some decent pictures. Thanks so much for developing your Birdstack site. It fits all of my requirements and I really like how I can show my recent observations on my blog. Take care.

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