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June 17, 2018

Jaco Birding

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Jaco Birding Costa Rica

After the cool mountain air of Monteverde, it was a shock coming back to the heat and humidity of the coast. I caught the 5:30am bus from the end of our street in Monteverde and arrived in Puntarenas in time for a lovely tipico breakfast of rice and beans, omlet and spicy sausage, slugged down with black coffee. The bus left at 9am and I arrived in Jaco pretty early. I found my party hostel and checked in after a few hours wandering around.

Passerini"s Tanager  - male
Cherrie’s Tanager (Ramphocelus costaricensis) – male

It took me a while to suss out what this was – a Passerini”s Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii), male and a not Red-winged Blackbird or Scarlet-rumped Cacique. This bird was just out the back of my hostel. Edit: totally wrong. The Passerini’s are on the Caribbean coastt and Cherrie’s Tanager are on the Pacific coast. doh! Thanks to Sandra for setting me on the right track.

Blue-black Grassquit - male
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) male

Not sure about this. Maybe a Blue Seedeater or a grosbeak. Waiting for some id help. Edit: thanks to Patrick for the identification.

Blue-black Grassquit -  immature
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) immature

This might be the female. But the stripes on the chest have got me going. No, it is an immature Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina). Thanks Patrick.

House Wren
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Unknown bird
immature Cherrie’s Tanager (Ramphocelus costaricensis)

I really have no idea what this is. I had the wrong coast.

Bare-throated Tiger-heron and kill
Bare-throated Tiger-heron and kill

I spotted this Bare-throated Tiger-heron stalking something and then it had this black bird. I am not sure what it is. Maybe a grackle or a Groove-billed Ani. The heron was bashing it and trying to eat it. I have never seen that before.

Stolen by Caracaras
Stolen by Caracaras

Then a pair of Crested Caracaras turn up and stole the dead bird from the heron which flew away screeching. Amazing. The caracaras then proceeding to eat the black bird.

Hoffman's Woodpecker
Hoffman’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii)

At last a relatively decent photo of a Hoffmann’s Woodpecker.

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)

There were quite a few birds around the creek near the football ground.

Green Iguana
Green Iguana

In the back yard of the hostel in the tree.


Jaco bird list

Cherrie’s Tanager (Ramphocelus costaricensis)
Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Bare-throated Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)
Hoffman’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii)
Blue-gray Tanager
Great Kiskadee
Red-legged Honeycreeper female
Torquoise-browed Motmot
Hoffman’s Woodpecker
Brown Jay (Psilorhinus morio)
Turkey Vulture
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)
Groove-billed Ani
Red-billed Doves
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)
White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola)
Ringed Kingfisher

Green Iguana

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