28 June 2012 – Juan Hombron and Santa Clara
While there was a bit of driving and birding from the car involved on this day, it accessed totally new habitat on the dry Pacific lowlands and we saw a spate of new birds, many that we would see only once. While the highlight was certainly an Aplomado Falcon that we observed as it stole a small mammal in-flight from an Egret, we had a large number of species overall including Crested Caracara, Scrub Greenlet, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Brown-throated Parakeet, Yellow-crowned Parrot, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Striped Cuckoo and Crested Bobwhite.
A post lunch swim at Playa Santa Clara and a belly full of ripe mangoes made for a pretty stellar afternoon that was capped with some more really great birds – Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Straight-billed Woodcreeper and Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.
Hats off to Danilo for his persistence in looking for the Woodcreeper and Spinetail!
For a complete list of species seen, see our eBird report for Juan Hombron and Santa Clara