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Costa Rica Travel

Costa Rica – Day 12

It was our last day in this wonderful paradise. We never did make it to the rope bridge or get to see a Sloth. That did not matter. We exceeded our expectations day after day! We were able to see 121 species of Birds, including 92 “lifers”! (A :lifer is a bird you never saw before in the wild.) We watched a couple types of Monkeys and saw 11 different species of Frogs! We were freaked out by 10 different types of Reptiles, plus Crocs & Caimans. We even were lucky enough to see an Armadillo. We met people from all over the world including Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan, China, England, Spain, France & Germany.

We realized we still had a few hours drive back to San Jose to return the Chery and catch our flight. On the way to the airport, we laughed about possibly missing our flight. At one point we did not believe we could make it in time. We decided having to stay one more night would not be so bad… Unfortunately, we somehow found our way back to the car rental place just in time! We rushed to the airport and made barely our flight.

This was an adventure that we will never forget!

Goodbye Costa Rica, Pura Vida…
Rich Cost, Pure Life…

 

 

 

List of all 121 birds we saw:

* 29 Non-“Lifers” | 92 “Lifers”

Ducks, Pelicans

Muscovy Duck *

Brown Pelican *

 

Sandpipers, Stilts, Rails

Whimbrel

Spotted Sandpiper *

Black-necked Stilt *

Northern Jacana

Gray-necked Wood-rail

 

Gulls, Terns

Ring-billed Gulls *

Herring Gulls *

Royal Tern *

 

Thrushes, Wrens

Grey-colored Thrush

Northern Waterthrush

Rufous-naped Wren

 

Vultures

Black Vulture *

Turkey Vulture *

King Vulture

 

Hawks, Kites, Caracaras

Osprey *

Swallow-tailed Kite *

Roadside Hawk

Common Black-Hawk

Crested Caracara

 

Owls

Molted Owl

 

Warblers

Tennessee Warbler *

 

Swallows

Mangrove Swallow

Barn Swallow *

 

Pigeons, Doves

Rock Pigeon *

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove *

 

Parrots

Brown-hooded Parrot

Red-lored Parrot

Orange-chined Parakeet

Great Green Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

 

Kingfishers

Green Kingfisher

American Pygmy Kingfisher

 

Sparrows

Rufous-collared Sparrow

House Sparrow *

 

Swallows

Barn Swallow *

Mangrove Swallow

 

Woodpeckers

Acorn Woodpecker

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Hoffmann’s Woodpecker

Cinnamon Woodpecker

Lineated Woodpecker

 

Jays

White-throated Magpie-Jay

Brown Jay

 

Cotingas

Three-wattled Bellbird

 

Tityras

Masked Tityra

Black-crowned Tityra

 

Seedeaters, Allies

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Green Honeycreeper

Bananaquit

Variable Seedeater

White-collard Seedeater

Buff-throated Saltator

 

Euphonias

Olive-backed Euphonia

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Yellow-throated Euphonia

Herons, Egrets

Bare-throated Heron

Green Heron *

Little Blue Heron *

Great Blue Heron *

Boat-billed Heron

Reddish Egret *

Great Egret *

Cattle Egret *

Snowy Egret *

 

Frigatebirds, Boobies

Magnificent Frigatebird

Brown Booby *

 

Curassows, Guans

Great Curassow

Crested  Guan

 

Hummingbirds

Violet Sabrewing

Green Hermit

Green-crowned Brilliant

White-necked Jacobin

Crowned Woodnymph

Coppery-headed Emerald

Green-breasted Mango

Green Violetear

Purple-throated Mountain-gem

Green Thorntail

Magnificent Hummingbird

Scaly-breasted Hummingbird

Striped-tail Hummingbird

Black-bellied Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Cinnamon Hummingbird

Mangrove Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird *

 

Trogons

Orange-bellied Trogon

Resplendent Quetzal

 

Motmots

Turquoise-browned Motmot

Blue-crowned Motmot

 

Barbets

Red-headed Barbet

Prong-billed Barbet

 

Toucans

Emerald Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan

Black-mandibled Toucan

Collared Aracari

 

Cuckoos

Squirrel Cuckoo

Grooved-billed Ani

 

Flycatchers

Tufted Flycatcher

Yellowish Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Dusky-caped Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Boat-billed Flycatcher

White-ringed Flycatcher

Great Kissadee

 

Warblers

Tennessee Warbler *

 

Tanagers

Passerini’s Tanager

Blue-and-Gold Tanager

Palm Tanager

Blue-gray Tanager

Golden-hooded Tanager

Silver-throated Tanager

Summer Tanager *

 

Blackbirds

Great-tailed Grackle

Scarlet-rumped Cacique

Montezuma Oropendola

 

Orioles

Black-cowled Oriole

Baltimore Oriole *

Orchard Oriole