April 4, 2012


The last two days of banding in Costa Rica were spectacular, with 49 birds (of 21 species) the first day and 38 birds (of 18 species) on the second, including two White-throated Spadebills, a Scintillant Hummingbird, a bunch of Fiery-throated and Magnificents, our first Northern Waterthrush, our second Streak-breasted Treehunter, and more Nightinggale Thrushes than I ever wanted to see.

This was the only picture I got of the two spadebills because both seemed ready to perish at the sight of a camera...but LOOK AT THAT BILL!

Hummingbirds will cling to anything they can get their paws on, including their own wings and bills, like this monster playing the trombone.

Me and my 2.2 gram buddy, weighting in at less than a penny.

This was our third Scintillant of the season, but our first male, distinctly different from the equally tiny Volcano by the orange gorget.

Streak-breasted Treehunter

Ah yes, we also had lots of Yellow-thighed Finches. I think they look more like they're wearing capris.

A good net run of the day.

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