Nature Notes

September 23, 2008

Birding the Arenal area, Costa Rica

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Costa Rica — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

The Arenal area is a magnet for tourists who come to see the active volcano but it is also a great birding destination.

In the area around the mountain, you may see Swallow-tailed Kite, White Hawk, Crested Caracara, Rufous Nightjar, Tropical Screech-Owl, Red-billed Pigeon, and Black-cheeked and Hoffmann’s Woodpecker.

Cliff and Blue-and-white Swallow are seen with Tropical Pewee, Greater Kiskadee, Common Tody Flycatcher and Yellow Tyrannulet. Cinnamon and Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds are common and there are Silver-throated, Palm, Crimson-collared, Passerini’s and Blue-gray Tanager.

A Yellow-throated Vireo moved through light woodland while a Buff-rumped Warbler was giving its characteristic tail bob in deeper forest. In open areas, Baltimore Orioles were common as were Giant Cowbird and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Buntings were represented by Variable Seedeater, Yellow-faced Grassquit, and Black-striped Sparrow.

A band of roving Coatimundi provided comic relief as they investigated any car that slowed.


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