We were gone for 8 days with days 1 and 8 being wholly dedicated to traveling.
The tour started on the grounds of Hotel Bougainvillea in San Jose. Most of the birds there were relatively common, kiskadees, blue-gray tanagers, yellow and Wilson's warblers, things we would encounter frequently but there was no way anyone would not start out birding on the first day and so bird we did.
White-eared ground-sparrow was an exception, a bird that we would not be encountering again, Steve picked up on the call note and after a couple tries the bird teed up nicely on a branch in the open.
Gray Saltators, Hoffman's woodpecker (a red-bellied class thing), YB Sapsucker (apparently quite a good bird in CR), Melodious Blackbird, and many others were about as well. We spent some time initially trying to see Rufous-capped Warblers which were calling and giving glimpses only, I took this pic after breakfast as people were finishing up.
Finally a shot of Rufous-collared Sparrow. I heard it singing and it took me a bit of time to track it down. They turned out to be a very abundant bird the first couple days though you never forget your first.
I took some shots of the really impressively landscaped grounds, my 40D broke down (again) after a day or so this is the last time I'll have a lot of flower shots, but these are pretty worthwhile. The 7D went strong.
Orchids came in various sizes, shapes, and colors.
There were others that I have even less of a sense of what they are.
After this we headed up into the highlands, as Steve said, to find some real birds!
We had a lo-ong layover in Miami on the way back, I've got photos edited for at least 6 more posts, so check back often!