13-20 June 1998
by Larry Gardella
On June 13, Andrea and I flew to Costa Rica for a one-week beach and birding vacation. I tried posting a complete trip list, but my computer and modem are apparently too old and slow to transmit that much information. I will try soon to post it from another computer.
We stayed 5 nights at the beach resort Blue Bay at Papaguyo, so I did most of my birding within a kilometer or 2 of the beach. I recorded 70 species there, fully half of the birds for the whole trip.
A morning trip to Palo Verde brought many waders, including a jabiru, but the best birds came from Rincon de la Vieja. We were there 48 hours. For me, the last 4 were the best. I got up early enough to leave the lodge by 4:30, hit the park by 5, the cutoff for the crater at 5:10 and the 4-kilometer sign by 6:10. I had gained 2300 feet and was able to watch birds such as black guan, common bush-tanager, mountain robin, black-faced solitaire and emerald toucanet before heading downhill.
Larry Gardella (Montgomery)