Nature Notes

September 25, 2008

Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

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

Costa Rica Surfer

One of the first national parks of Costa Rica,Santa Rosa National Park contains some of the little remaining area of tropical dry forest habitat throughout all of Central America. Its beaches attract both Pacific Ridley Sea Turtles and surfers.

The road into the park is a good place to view Dusky-capped, Brown-crested and Great-crested Flycatchers, as well as Roadside Hawks and Common Black-Hawks.

The campground and administration buildings are good for Yellow-naped Parrot, Crested Guan, and Great Currasow. There is a chance to see Elegant Trogon although it is not common.There is a cement trough that holds water in the area and it attracts Hoffman’s Woodpecker, White-throated Magpie-Jays, Common Ground Doves as well as White-tipped, White-winged and Inca Doves.

Farther in, there are a few useful trails including Sendero Palo Seco and you may find Plain-capped Starthroat, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Red-legged Honeycreeper, and Blue Dacnis. Orange-chinned  Parakeet and White-crowned Parrots may make a squawking fly past.

When you reach the beach, keep an eye open for Brown Booby.

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