Finally I spotted someone - an American redstart. Female. Yes, I came all this way, and here was my big morning greeting. I got some Diet Coke. I gave it a minute. I went back.
And saw a mystery warbler! I saw this guy (and one other) several times, each time it was fleeting and just teasing me, really. Black upperparts, bright (seriosuly bright) underparts. Sometimes wtih a yellow cap, sometimes without. Okay, I'm checking the book now...... I don't see it under warblers. I was colored just like a thick-billed euphonia, but I thought it had a more warbler style beak. Wait! Could it be a flycatcher?
Okay, the one with a cap is probably a thick-billed euphonia, there's just nothing else in the book it looked like.
The one without a cap is probably a common tody-flycatcher? Maybe? I've been through this whole book now, and that's my best guess.
I finally saw a buff-throated saltatore, and thought I had good pictures, but I have lost them somehow! Boo! I saw this guy several times over several days, I can't believe I ended up with no pictures of him at all. It's really unfortunate, because he's gorgeous. Frustrating!
Anyway, moving on...... next was the male American redstart. And a chestnut-sided, and a yellow. It was actually pretty funny.
And a summer tanager! yay!
Some sort of woodpecker was too fast for pictures.
And a hummingbird of some sort blew through.
They preened, looked around, and moved to a closer tree. Then an even closer tree! They were quite gracious in allowing pictures before they took off to find breakfast!
Looking towards the main building I saw this grey-necked wood rail come out for a few seconds and then duck back in! What luck!
Then this interesting fellow (actually a few of them) were in the tree right over my head. They did not seem super excited about pictures though. No great shots but hopefully I'll figure out what they are!
I think breakfast was the first time I saw the Cherrie's tanagers. Or was it before? Anyway, they are gorgeous. Never got a decent shot of the male, I did get some eventually of the female. Beautiful!
And then a chestnut mandibled toucan came over to chase them away! Hahahahahaha, it was awesome!
So, it's now day two in Costa Rica and I've already seen the scarlet macaws and the toucans. Still on the list - blue-crowned mot mot, hummingbirds, and sloths. :-)
Somewhere in there we had our massages and then started happy hour a bit early. With Doritos and vanilla vodka.
Oh, did I mention that after our massage we saw hummingbirds outside the spa? Looked like white-necked jacobin. And I saw a banana bird briefly, much less friendly here than at that beach park in cayman. Anyway, we were living the life in Costa Rica, Baby!