Birding Experiences Big Year goes on!

Hi, Diego here! birding in Costa Rica has been great lately!

It’s been a while, but it’s also been very busy!

After coming back from my holiday in Peru (more of that as soon as I have a chance) our birding trips started right away. We have ran over 10 round trips for the season, plus a number of Day Trips in Arenal and around the Central Valley.

As it now, Birding Experiences has completed 351 eBird checklists and reported 702 species for the year, 628 of which were spotted in Costa Rica. We are momentarily #4 for the Costa Rica eBird Top 100.

Although a great effort, is not just about the numbers, it is about the moments, the memories, the experiences and the people that was with you when you saw this or that bird.

During the last three months we had guided people from 5 different continents. Mostly from USA, Canada and UK, but also from countries like Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa and Australia.

In my first round trip for the year we operated a tour for our friends of Sabrewing Nature Tours from Ohio, USA. Before the trip we took Rob Ripma for a quick pre-trip scouting to some destinations in the North of the country, Cinchona, Caño Negro, Bijagua and Arenal.

Our itinerary for Friends of Holliday Park visited several great destinations for birding in Costa Rica. Tapanti National Park, Rancho Naturalist, El Copal and Savegre Valley and Bosque del Tolomuco in the Talamanca Mountain Range.

293 species of birds were recorded during our trip, some of the highlights include Sunbittern – which by the way was our first bird of the day in our first early morning – Sharpbill, Green-fronted Lancebill, White-crested Coquette, Coppery-headed Emerald, Snowcap, Wattled Jacana, Brown-billed Scythebill, Resplendent Quetzal, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Red-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Timberline Wren, Golden-browned Chlorophonia and Flame-throated Warbler to name a few.

The trip was a total success with lots of fun memories and enough laughter for a whole happy year.

Hope you enjoy some of the pics from the trip!

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