Eleven Costa Rica Birds, 2017

Here’s a post for all you ornithophiles out there. You know who you are.

Birds are in the city.


Two parrots and a pigeon perch on the National Opera House in San José.

Birds are in the country.


Male and female Red-legged honeycreepers. 

They’re in bushes near houses and along roadsides.


Variable seedeater

They roost on riverbanks.


White ibis on the banks of the Rio Caña Blanca.

They’re in the treetops.

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Roadside hawk, treeside. 

They’re pecking their way into trees.


Red-crowned woodpecker. (It might be a Hoffman’s…if I’m wrong please set me right…)

They come visiting near the house the day after the departure of a person who had been looking for them for a solid month.

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Slaty-tailed trogon.

They stride upstream and away from you when one afternoon you suddenly show up at a riverbend to go swimming.


A tiger heron with no desire for human company. 

They perch in bamboo.


Scarlet-rumped tanager. 

They’re overhead, all day long.


Zopilotes, or in English, buzzards. 

They come in pairs.


A two of tou-cans. (Yes, they can!)

And they get wet in sudden showers.


Wet roadside hawk, preening and drying off after a soaking shower. 

We’ll come back with a few more birds, one of these posts.

But for now it’s time to fly away.

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