We're heading up to the mountains tomorrow until the 5th or so of March. It'll be my first time up there with my new lens, so I'll finally get some Flame-throated Warblers, Torrent Tyrannulets, the weird looking Black Phoebes and hopefully a RESPLENDENT QUETZAL... Happy leap year.
More banding in the park today, which of course means catching mostly Long-billed Hermits. Looking godly after release:
But it's also meant catching Wood Thrush the last two times
And little did we know, a Red-capped Manakin was on this side of the canal. Though I'm sure they can be found in many places on either side of the canal, we had only seen them at a more remote banding site our first week here.
Today we realized that part of the reason pictures of these Manakins can look so fake/surreal/doctored is that base of the red crown feathers are yellow (like the thighs) creating a weird gradient of yellow, orange and red when viewed from any angle but straight on.
We woke up to a downpour and though it's only drizzling now, the horizon from the beach does not look promising and we may be rained out for the day. Amanda, however, still headed out to meet her grandmother, Bee, for a birding boat tour before they head back to the mainland.
Yesterday, we managed to show them a few good birds while banding and then headed across the canal in the afternoon for some birding the tiny town of San Francisco.
Bee and Amanda at our banding site in the national park
With a real lens now, I am excited to see almost any bird again! Even this boring Common Tody Flycatcher, how common:
Or this filthy Slaty-tailed Trogon...
...who kept lookin' at me funny like.
We caught this guy later on in the day (Western Slaty Antshrike):
Ocassionally imitating a calling bird will bring them in, so after hearing some low whistling from an unknown group in the treetops I repeated it a few times and drew in a small flock of Purple-throated Fruitcrows.
For some context here are some photos from around our site and lodging in the mountains:
Just outside the door is one of many fenced in cow pastures:
We run into cows everyday, and do our best not to slip n slide through cow pies. I just wanted to scratch their noggins! (My outfit is a result of it being the first afternoon at elevation, I was confused and was transitioning into cold weather gear, ok?!)
Our banding site called LAKE.
We found an asian market in San Jose, which aided greatly in the production of something other than rice and beans! Like these Spicy PB/sesame noodles.
Though I had only seen my first the day before, on our last day of banding at Madre Selva we managed to catch three Magnificent Hummingbirds, two males and a female! They are monstrous, blinged out birds.