Hacienda Pinilla (Nov. 22 thru Nov. 27, 2013)

Hacienda Pinilla is located just south of the beach town of Tamarindo in the Guanacaste of Northwest Costa Rica. It’s 47 miles southwest of the Liberia Airport. Expect your drive to take well over an hour. It’s actually a resort community on 45 acres of historic ranch property with over three miles of pristine beaches.

Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean at Hacienda Pinilla

Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean at Hacienda Pinilla

Much of the habitat is either rural farmlands or tropical dryland forest.
In some ways it’s a little too sanitized but there was definitely some good wildlife including the Boa Constrictor you saw in my first post. And the roads were pleasant to drive. In our immediate neighborhood all of these birds were all quite common.

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Rufous-naped Wren

Rufous-naped Wren

Streak-backed Oriole

Streak-backed Oriole

Stripe-headed Sparrow

Stripe-headed Sparrow

Some of the coolest birds in the neighborhood were these Double-striped Thick-Knees which lounged around on the grass during the day.

Double-striped Thick-knee

Double-striped Thick-knee

And hunted at night.

One afternoon I opened the front door and was greeted by such a chatter even I could hear it.  A pair of Orange-chinned Parakeets were in the palm tree right next to our house.

Orange-chinned Parakeets

Orange-chinned Parakeets

There were a couple of nice forested spots on the property where I used a Ferruginous Owl call with mobbing orioles and gnatcatchers to draw in some of the small birds with good results.

Scrub Euphonia

Scrub Euphonia

White-lored Gnatcatcher

White-lored Gnatcatcher

In five days (much of it spent at wedding functions or fishing) I was able to record 84 species of birds in the Guanacaste, most of which were in Hacienda Pinilla. This included one lifer, this Black-headed Trogon.

Black-headed Trogon            a lifer!!!

Black-headed Trogon
a lifer!!!

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3 Responses to Hacienda Pinilla (Nov. 22 thru Nov. 27, 2013)

  1. Jim Vanderpoel says:

    Wow! Where had you seen the Scrub Euphonia-I don’t think I have seen that one.

  2. Wes Hatch says:

    John,

    Glad to see your posting again. I do enjoy living through your adventures whether it be in the ABA or outside. Hope all is well.

    Wes

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