Normally I wouldn't post a pic of a Yellow Warbler from Michigan, much less Costa Rica, but I liked the way this one turned out on the hotel grounds in the muted light just before dawn broke over the mountains.
We birded this morning along a road in the Orosi Valley still in the high middle elevations. We rode up the mountain until mist was almost starting to fall (along with spirits). We either reached Vernon's starting point or else he could feel the pulse of the group and we got out just before the mist started to coalesce into actual droplets and started walking down into the sun and birded our way back.
Rufous-browed Peppershrike had teased us repeatedly in the highlands. They have a loud bright easily recognizable song, but tend to sing from one perch and not move.
Red-headed Barbet had been a bird that was probably in my top 5 most wanted.
We'd missed Emerald Toucanet at Savegre so it was nice to connect with one here, our first toucan of the trip.
We got into a little burst of activity with Plain Antvireo, Purple-crowned Fairy, and this Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant.
In front of the vertical spiral trunk just below the drooping cluster of brown leaves is an Olive-striped Flycatcher.
This is Chestnut-capped Brushfinch, another bird we had missed in the highlands
Finally, a Black-headed Tody-flycatcher.