I couldn't stay away. Costa Rica's diverse habitats drew me back for another trip which I recently returned from. As with the 2 prior trips, we started at Hotel Bougainvillea, a beautifully landscaped property in the outskirts of San Jose.
The country's unpretentious national bird, the Clay-colored Thrush, greeted us.
Melodious Blackbirds were another relatively plain bird that I'd mostly overlooked in prior trips.
Of course not everything there was plain.
Rufous-capped Warblers were easier to see this year. In two prior visits I think I'd only seen one there; this year we ran across this pair in a couple places.
Finally one of the true tropical stars of the gardens, a Blue-crowned Motmot.