Now the main draw to the Costa Rican Amphibian Center is of course the over 50 species of amphibians in the reserve, but the birding at CRARC was pretty darn good as well. Parrots were common including a flock of Brown-hooded Parrots and two Blue-headed Parrots
Two ficus trees were fruiting while I was at CRARC and they were loaded with birds. Eight species of tanagers & honeycreepers, three species of flycatcher as well as some North American Warblers and Clay-colored Thrushes galore. Here are a few of them.
In fact while I was watching the ficus tree a Bay Wren broke into song behind me.
But the most exciting thing bird wise during my stay at CRARC was the ant swarm. Brian and I had found it during our first night walk so I figured I’d give a try at relocating it. But I couldn’t find it. So I gave up and began walking back to the guest house. But I could hear a bunch of bird chattering. I tracked the noise down and there was the swarm of army ants. And I nice assortment of antbirds and woodcreepers. Checker-throated Antwrens and Spotted Antbirds were joined by Northern Barred Woodcreepers
But what totally captivated me were seeing the two obligate feeders at ant swarms – Ocellated Antbirds and a Bicolored Antbird – their blue orbital rings stunningly eye catching. Both were also life birds.
I was burning both ends of the candle by herping at night and birding duuring the day, but what the heck, I could sleep back in Colorado.