|I love the cold. I love winter. Unfortunately, I don't get to bird often in it. Birding with my bud, Kathie Brown was a lot of fun. We found lifers Great Cormorants, a Black-legged Kittiwake and Purple Sandpipers(they are not purple!)|
This year my goal is to reach 1000 life birds to celebrate my anniversary as a birder. I, as of this date, have reached the 900 life bird mark. It took two months of research to hit this important landmark.
|My favorite habitat, the grasslands of Southern Arizona finally introduced me to my beautiful lifer, the Lapland Longspur|
This year I've taken you to Maine and Mexico City. We'll also be exploring this summer the planned adventures from both Trinidad and Maui islands. It is serious business, but with that said, I have enjoyed the journeys getting to 900. Without further ado, I'll start at 800. Let's get started.
At 800, we were in Costa Rica searching for birds in a preserve known as Caño Negro along the Nicaraguan border. It is here our boat tour stopped to look at a beautiful Great Potoo. The boat nearly tipped over as we all got excited about observing this sleeping bird on a branch. It took awhile for our eyes to find this very well camouflaged bird.
Costa Rica helped keep the life bird tick going strong, day after day.
|I love this pic of Micheal and Gordon. Birding takes us to the most incredible and magical spaces on our planet.|
During our final days in Costa Rica, we stopped at Rancho Naturalista for a special hummer called the Snowcap.
He would make 820 on my life list. Rancho Naturalista was a lot of fun and we had a great day out with Lisa and Sergio.
Thanks to Sergio, friend and guide, we stopped on university grounds near Cartagena to spy a really cool looking heron known at the Boat-billed Heron. This would make life bird 830 in the same day! I have since seen this bird several times. Often they are quite hidden, so to have this one out in the open was very special.
Within that very same time period, in the Talamanca Highlands of Costa Rica, I added this beautiful Sooty-capped Chlorospingus, making it life bird 840. Almost every location in Costa Rica is rich for new birds! It would be hard to pick a favorite place out of our trek there, but I really did enjoy the misty beauty of the Talamanca Highlands. My life birds in Costa Rica ended at 846. Here's where it begins to get interesting.
|female Belding's Yellowthroat|
|Like Manakins, Sparrows get me excited! This endangered sparrow is definitely one of the highlights from this year!|
As I made my way up to Asa Wright(a future post), I saw the very common Silver-beaked Tanager. This bird is found everywhere on this island and not difficult to find at all.
|This bird really made a monstrous noise in the cave. Had I not known what I was hearing, I think I would have been scared for my life!|
I am now quite a ways into the 900 category. I have one more big excursion to do. I am looking for the Blue-and-Yellow Macaws at Nariva Swamp. I'm still in Trinidad hiding out from the Arizona heat. It has been an amazing trip and worth all the physical pains. More on that later. Until next time.....