... but not without birding them some more!
Vernon was targeting some specific birds on our last morning in the highlands. We had nice looks at Spot-crowned Woodcreeper on the way to the trail.
It wasn't until we were practically back to the cabanas when Vernon heard the Wood-quail scratching at the bottom of a ravine. There ended up being about 5 birds.
Just like last year on our last walk Emerald Toucanet showed well over the cabanas.
Barred Parakeets feed on seeding bamboo and commute up and down the valley from their roosts to their feeding areas. Last year I wasn't really prepared for the parakeets; this year I'd listened to Sulphur-winged and Barred and knew to look for the presence or absence of yellow in the underwing. In this case absence.
We drove away from Savegre, but had 2 stops to make. The first was a highland specialty I'd been asking Vernon about (actually one of four), and he allowed he had one spot where it might be reasonable, Barred Becard. Immediately when we got out of the bus an Ochraceous Pewee, of all things, called. It was followed by a little mixed group, mostly Black-cheeked Warblers and Ruddy Treerunners.
After that we headed even higher, to the paramo, an above-the-treeline (about 10-11,000 feet) sagebrushy habitat with a few specialties. They didn't cooperate at all in the bright sun. We very briefly saw a dull brown female Peg-billed Finch, once heard a slightly more patterned Timberline Wren, heard no more Zeledonias, and with a lot of effort eventually saw a couple Volcano Juncos.
With that it was time to head down lower to the southern Pacific lowlands, a new area for me.