March 24, 2012


More highland birds here for you. Not only do we catch a lot more birds in the mountains, the highlanders seem to just be easier to photograph. Both of these facts seem to be a result of the habits we're banding in. Though there are plenty of birds on the humid coast here in Tortuguero, the canopy is much higher and there are way fewer ground foraging species to be captured. Oddly enough one of the only species we consistently catch in lowest pockets of our nets in Tortuguero are the woodcreepers. In the mountains there are hoards leaf litter kicking finches to fill our inadequately tall nets. Really we need to have triple (I guess MDDettling did do it...) or quadruple stacked nets in Tortuguero, but that is unheard of as far as I know, and everything would be stolen by locals within days.

Collared Trogans are easy to find with a little bit of call and response whistling

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-throated Greens are really common, but a welcome sight after seeing so many Townsend's last year.

A very young Slaty Flowerpiercer

Ruddy Treerunner

Black-capped Flycatcher

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