Thursday, March 6, 2014

Esquinas monring 2

The last day at Esquinas started out fairly similar to the first, we met Vernon as it just started getting light listening to the dawn chorus.  A Woodhaunter called and we sort of saw it in the gloom.  Buff-rumped Warblers seem to be another (much more common) bird that will come a lot more in the open at the very first light and then rapidly retreat back to the forest interior.

Riverside Wrens again called prominently but defied my efforts to get a clear pic.

There were a number of blue-crowned motmots nest building in the courtyard.
 At one point there was one bird in the tree with material staring down two others sitting right next to each other.  They didn't seem aggressive towards each other at all.  I asked Vernon if they were known to use helpers from last year's brood to assist with this year's.  He didn't think so.

A Black-faced Trogon added itself to our roster of trogons about 50 feet from where Vernon briefly pulled a Uniform Crake out of the dark dense underbrush

Bananaquits were common, though maybe not quite as many as we saw last year at Arenal.

We did one other trail and what should have been the bird of the morning, a White-throated Shrike-tanager teed up.
These large birds often lead mixed flocks, though this group was small; Rufous Piha, a pair of Dot-winged Antwrens, and a Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher were all that materialized.  One more shot of the shrike-tan

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