Big wrens, bigger parrots in Costa Rica

Long-tailed tyrant, 21 March 2014

After 20 March in Costa Rica came, of course, 21 March. The day we saw this long-tailed tyrant.

Early in the morning, near the Arenal volcano, Passerini’s tanager and clay-coloured thrush at the feeders.

And Montezuma’s oropendola. And golden-hooded tanager. And red-legged honeycreeper.

A social flycatcher on a roof calls.

A brown violetear hummingbird flies around.

A cattle egret flies past.

As we walk, a buff-rumped warbler.

And a dusky-capped flycatcher.

A broad-winged hawk on a wire.

A tropical peewee.

A yellow-throated euphonia with nesting material in its bill.

A bronzed cowbird on another wire.

Another bird on a wire: a southern rough-winged swallow.

A grey-headed chachalaca in a tree.

Our bus departs.

Soon, a bicoloured hawk on a branch.

White-throated magpie jay, 21 March 2014

A white-throated magpie jay.

Then, cattle egrets among cattle.

At 17 minutes past 9, a crested guan in a tree.

Long-tailed tyrant, Costa Rica, 21 March 2014

Eleven minutes later, the long-tailed tyrant of the first photo in this blog post, and of this photo, in a leafless tree.

Yellow-bellied flycatcher, 21 March 2014

Half an hour later, a yellow-bellied flycatcher; here in winter, in North America in summer.

Still later, in Guanacaste province, we get out of the mountains and closer to sea level. Much hotter. Much drier, as plant life and bird life show.

A great-tailed grackle flying near a supermarket.

13:20. A variegated squirrel on a fence near a restaurant.

Rufous-naped wren, 21 March 2014

Rufous-naped wrens, the biggest wren species in Costa Rica.

Rufous-naped wren, Costa Rica, 21 March 2014

Scarlet macaw, 21 March 2014

Still much bigger: scarlet macaws.

Chestnut-mandibled toucan, 21 March 2014

A chestnut-mandibled toucan in a cage, for rehabilitation.

Double-striped thick-knee, 21 March 2014

Hours later, along an unpaved road, a double-striped thick-knee in a dry meadow.

Crested caracara, 21 March 2014

A bit further, a crested caracara.

Stay tuned!

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