Similar to birding larger areas, we made several different stops along the road to get a decent sampling of species.
We stopped at the Quetzal Paradise lodge where supposedly it's easy to spot the Resplendent Quetzal. We didn't see one on this day, but it didn't matter as we found so many other birds!
When we arrived, we saw several Magnificent Hummingbirds coming to the feeders. We had suspected that the Magnificent Hummingbird was going to be split once again into separate species as the Rivoli's and Talamanca Hummingbirds. So we paid special attention to this hummingbird during our visit to the lodge. I'll be quite honest. The hummingbird looks almost identical to the Rivoli's Hummingbird here in Arizona. Although, it's a tad darker.....
However, I really noticed the differences between the female Rivoli's and Talamanca hummers.
In July, the split was made after our trip and we added yet another lifer to the list. It pays to note the subtle differences in birds because sometimes they are recognized as their own species.
It was another day of keeping up with lifers everywhere!
It was comfortable birding. And the birds were pretty beautiful as well.
It was great. Writing nor photography do this place justice. You need to see it in person to understand the preserve better.
Anyhow, it was exciting stuff. At this elevation, one can spot such wonders as the Timberline Wren and Volcano Junco.
|The behind of the Timberline Wren|
As with all good things, there must come an end. For our Volcano Junco and Timberline Wren, click here. For the Paraiso Quetzal Lodge, click here.