Carara National Park, located near the central Pacific coast, was the focus for day 6. As it was created as a preserve for breeding Scarlet Macaws, and likely given that the macaws would be a target for poachers there's only 2 trails in the entire national park, and they're along the perimeter. Even so, Carara is widely regarded as one of the better places to see some of the forest interior birds.
One of the first birds we came upon was a female Royal Flycatcher.
You can see a hint of the rarely-seen crest
Birds came in dribs and drabs, a pair of tody-flycatchers here, a tropical gnatcatcher there, some scattered Tennessee and Chestnut-sided warblers; Vernon heard a yellow-billed cotinga but we couldn't track it down. A few mammals were more visible, first a coati,
We had to work (it felt like harder than it should have been) to find a Yellow-throated Euphonia that was singing away.
A series of skulkers came next. A Rufous-breasted Wren at the southern extent of its breeding range provided fleeting glimpses. A Black-faced Antthrush was calling away, but gave even less of a view...
We finally found a small group that was more cooperative. Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, and Rufous-tailed Flycatcher were seen by all. The only Barred Antshrike of the trip was attracted to Vernon's tape.
We saw a few groups of Lesser Greenlets, stocky vireo-class birds that moved more at the pace of the more active warblers.
Our group got spread out somewhat, those of us in the back got good looks at Purple-crowned Fairy, a somewhat odd hummingbird.