Bay-headed Tanager

Cuchillo de San Lorenzo, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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10-16 April 2015 The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a world famous birding destination, and for very good reason. We first learned of this place long ago, and during our initial trip planning, long before we knew much about anything in South America, the mythical Santa Marta held sway over us and the mention of the El Dorado Lodge seemed so far [...]

Cerro Jefe and Cerro Azul

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27 – 29 July 2014 After we recovered from our adventures in the Darién we headed up to Cerro Jefe and Cerro Azul outside of Panamá City to try our luck with a few more hard to find birds, namely the Tacarcuna Chlorospingus and the Spiny-faced Antshrike (aka Speckled Antshrike or just Xenornis). We had the great fortune to meet Bill Adsett, a [...]

The Cordillera Talamanca – Rancho Naturalista, Aravar, and the Vereh Valley

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25 – 27 May 2014 The Tawny-chested Flycatcher is endemic to foothill forests on the Caribbean slopes of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In Costa Rica the best place to see this endemic is none other than Rancho Naturalista, a top-notch birding lodge located near Turrialba in the Cordillera Talamanca. Rancho Naturalista is a great place to see many of [...]

Birding the Monteverde area, Costa Rica

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18-22 April 2014 The Monteverde area is one of the most famous birding destinations in Costa Rica, famously home to the Resplendent Quetzal as well as less sexy birds such as Highland Tinamou, Chiriqui Quail-Dove, Black-breasted Wood-Quail, Gray-throated Leaftosser, and more. With a list like this, several great reserves to bird, and a comfy town [...]

Arenal, Costa Rica

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12-15 April 2014 For many known birding destinations in Costa Rica, we don’t have great earth-shattering news to share. The destinations are well documented (in Barrett Lawson’s excellent Costa Rican birdfinding guide as well as online) and the expected species are well documented. That said, we can still share our experiences, tag on a few [...]