Back to Costa Rica! This time with a group, complete with guides and everything. On the plane ride on the way there I saw something I had never seen before - sunset between two layers of clouds. Wow! The photo doesn't do it justice, but it's better than nothing! We arrived after dark and headed to Hotel Bougainvillea. Sadly the bar closed just before we walked in, but they agreed to send sandwiches to our room. And what sandwiches they were! Off to a good start.
In the morning, I tried to convince myself that it was better to sleep for a while, that I would see all of the birds anyway, because there are guides coming and we would go around in expert fashion. They would know the calls and not spend an hour tracking down a clay colored thrush (yes I have done this very thing). But, once I hear them I ~really~ want to see them, so up I got and off I went!
I saw several of my favorites and really enjoyed the garden, and I even found a motmot! Actually there were three motmots! And I only helped find them, I actually ran into and sort of temporarily glommed onto a guide with 2 or 3 tourists. They came over to the gazebo while I was there and I pointed out a couple of birds, and called other stuff while the guide set up the scope, so he included me and we chased the motmots together. :-) It was so fun!
|orchard oriole (probably)|
There was also a hunt for a pygmy owl, which did eventually fly over, but I didn't really see. Now off to dinner and sleep, for an early day tomorrow. :-)