After connecting with the quetzals before breakfast we took a jeep halfway up the mountain above the Savegre Valley looking for the various small songbirds found in the mixed flocks. We had some success, though the flocks tended to be fairly high and somewhat disparate. Rhoda pulled out an Olive-striped Flycatcher for my first lifer of the day, though it slipped past before I could get a pic.
Sooty-capped Bush-tanager (now Chlorospingus) is one of the characteristic birds of the highlands
Probably the highlight of the morning was a close look at my second ever Streak-breasted Treehunter. It acted like a foliage-gleaner, which isn't a great description for those not initiated in the neo-tropics.
Black-cheeked Warbler is another very hyper bird,
Warblers became more prominent as we headed down. Flame-throated and Black-throated Green were dominated in numbers by the ever-present Wilson's Warbler.
We had a brief look at a pair of very local birds, the Barred Becard.
Golden-bellied Flycatcher is a bird I've seen each time I've birded this area, but never more than once or twice.
A view of the 4x4 vehicle that crammed all 8 tour participants in the back with room for the driver and Vernon, our guide, in the front.
Cathy, and Lyle.