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Birding in Costa Rica, August, 2022- Information and Suggestions – 10,000 Birds


Within the northern temperate zone, August is a time of hazy, lazy canine days, a month whenever you absorb that final little bit of summer time throughout outside picnics and shorebird chases. Whereas rising up in Niagara Falls, New York, I usually questioned if the nice and cozy and humid climate was just like the fixed short-wearing climes of tropical locations. Having lived in Costa Rica for a number of years, I recall these wonderful August days within the 80s and may say that sure, it’s fairly like August, all 12 months lengthy. Variations exist however August in Niagara is way nearer to Costa Rica than a Niagara November.

No macws in Niagara Falls…

On the birding aspect of the coin, August up north is the quiet earlier than the massive fall migration rush, a time when many birds calm down and alter feathers earlier than they chase the summer time south. The woods and fields lack a lot of the hen tune of Might and June however coastal habitats and wetlands are one other story. In August these are the thrilling habitats to go to, the mud flats and sewage therapy crops are the place the hen motion is going on. Shorebirds have left their northern tundra swimming pools and boreal fens, August is after they move by a lot of North America. In Costa Rica, we see a few of that very same migration however in line with us being so much additional south, peak shorebird migration right here is extra in September and October. Even so, we do have some sandpipers and plovers round; there have been latest stories of Surfbirds and numerous different wading species.

Go birding in Costa Rica in August and you will see shorebirds. Regardless that it’s not the most well-liked month to go to Costa Rica, you’ll be able to see a variety of different birds too. Right here’s a few of what’s been occurring over the previous two months.

Harpy Eagle!

The largest birding information for Costa Rica was a sighting of an grownup Harpy Eagle in northern Costa Rica, close to Boca Tapada. A gaggle of kayakers have been using in a car alongside the principle street close to the village of Boca Tapada when one in all them seen an enormous hen in a roadside tree. Their native information excitedly confirmed the hen as a Harpy Eagle (solely probably the most dearly wished species for each birder in Costa Rica), took images and video, and unfold the information.

A gaggle of native birders went to the location as fast as they may however for the reason that journey nonetheless took two to a few hours, the hen was lengthy gone. Additional searches haven’t refound the eagle however given the large territory utilized by this prime rainforest predator and its propensity to stay below cowl, that hasn’t been shocking. This was and is main native birding information as a result of it solutions one of many greatest and most constant questions on the minds of native and visiting birders.

The birding neighborhood now is aware of, indisputably, that at the very least one Harpy Eagle nonetheless happens in Costa Rica. Personally, I wasn’t stunned that the sighting occurred the place it did. It occurred proper within the space the place I anticipated a Harpy Eagle to be seen, in a part of an in depth, little explored forest complicated related to the Indio Maiz Reserve, a big, extraordinarily essential space of lowland rainforest in Nicaragua that also hosts a inhabitants of the massive eagles. We don’t know if the hen seen in late July close to Boca Tapada was a wandering particular person in quest of territory or perhaps even a hen that has at all times lived in Costa Rica however given the massive areas of appropriate habitat close to there, I lean in the direction of the latter concept. I feel it’s probably that at the very least one pair of Harpy Eagles happens close to there, now, we simply have to refind the hen, or, even higher, discover a nest (!) whereas concurrently working to coach locals in regards to the significance of defending this prime hen of prey.

The Costa Rica Fowl Checklist grows…

With greater than 900 species of birds recognized from a rustic the scale of West Virginia, it is likely to be an understatement to say that Costa Rica has a variety of hen species. Extremely, we preserve including birds to the checklist, even sudden species just like the Spectacled Petrel! Though the official Costa Rica hen checklist was not too long ago up to date, due to latest sightings in June and July, at the very least two or three extra species will in all probability be added to the checklist.

The primary is an albatross noticed and videod off the Pacific Coast. Thus far, it seems to have been a Salvin’s Albatross, a hen extra at dwelling within the Humboldt Present. Whether or not it was that species or one other, it’s undoubtedly new for the Costa Rica checklist! The opposite probably new birds have been a possible Lesson’s Seedeater photographed in Tortuguero, and a possible Southern Martin photographed close to Turrialba. These sightings have but to be voted on and accepted by the hen checklist committee however they nonetheless act as reminders to take footage of any unfamiliar hen regardless of the place you go birding. It’s additionally price mentioning that in line with the objective of offering birders with the most recent in hen data for Costa Rica, these three species have additionally been included in a latest replace for the Costa Rica Birds Subject Information app.

Naked-necked Umbrellabird at Centro Manu

Simply as with 2021, the uncommon and endangered (and spectacular) Naked-necked Umbrellabird has as soon as once more migrated to the lowland and foothill rainforests of Centro Manu. This glorious little reserve is popping out to be a improbable and crucial website for this and different species. If you’re headed to Costa Rica, you may wish to schedule a go to. Rent native information Kenneth to see the umbrellabird and numerous different high quality lowland rainforest species.

A lot of Reserving for the Excessive Season

This final piece of birding information is extra of a advice. The winter might seen far-off however excessive season bookings for Costa Rica are going down in earnest. When you plan on birding in Costa Rica from January to April, 2023 and wish to keep at any of the favored websites, I counsel reserving rooms now. For some dates, a few of the hottest inns are already booked. Don’t wait to make reservations! Nonetheless, if you happen to do have hassle discovering locations to remain, don’t hand over. There are many lesser identified however wonderful locations in each nook of Costa Rica. I can assist, contact me at data@birdingcraft.com

As at all times, there’s tons extra to be mentioned in regards to the birding in Costa Rica. There’s at all times tons to see, you’ve gotten an amazing likelihood of seeing a Fiery-throated Hummingbird, and the birding is usually improbable. I hope to see you right here!



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