As I mentioned last post, I arrived at Santa Rosa National Park at daybreak. I had the place entirely to myself and crossed paths only with a few workers who gave friendly waves. Well maybe not entirely to myself. The mosquitoes were by far the most noticeable that I've encountered in the tropics. I fairly quickly started hearing Thicket Tinamous, but there was no way to try an uber slow approach to see one, once off the road I was getting eaten alive. The sounds of laughter started from the treetops as I beat a hasty retreat. Laughing Falcons turned out to be quite common, a species I'd seen only once before in Belize.
I walked a random road for the better part of an hour, sometimes braving some side trails when I encountered them. The birds were much more vocal here, and I probably could have studied more; even Stripe-headed Sparrow was unfamiliar. Anis are always more melodious than I expect them to be.
Some parrot squawking turned out to be White-fronted's, another bird I hadn't seen well since Belize though I'd seen flyovers on most days of this trip.
The heat started getting on and I decided to try a different road before I had to return for the afternoon sessions of the conference. A herd (?) of Collared Peccaries slowly worked across the road.
I drove a couple miles and the habitat seemed to change, so I ascended another path somewhat at random and fairly quickly started getting into new birds. I tracked down a singing Rufous-capped Warbler and then had a couple female and subadult Long-tailed manakins (one of my main targets) fly in. A Stripe-headed Woodcreeper put in an appearance
Finally in flew a female Elegant Trogon. She turned out to be one of a half dozen birds that worked past. This is a male.