Birds Abound in Saladero

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Photo courtesy of Patty Godwin

I just can’t believe how time flies out here in paradise! I’m already into my fourth month, with a mere two to go. Interning here at Saladero Ecolodge as the Bird Guide and Resident Biologist has been an experience unlike any other..and that’s saying something, as I’ve had quite a few pretty amazing experiences, you’ll see as much if you happen to meander through my archives and see where this bird-centric life has led me!

Also, feel free to check out my Patreon where I’m posting various videos about life in the tropics. I’m currently working on a series of videos jam-packed with wildlife thanks to all the exciting bird and mammal sightings I’ve been so fortunate to experience throughout my time here. I’ll be posting much more once this internship is over and wifi is more easily accessible..it takes quite a lot of data to upload video, hence becoming a Patreon for a minimum of $3 a creation can help me get more videos up sooner rather than later. That way I can better share these fantastic experiences and all I’ve learned here in the beautiful tropics of Costa Rica!

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Click the photos to view Saladero’s Facebook page!

Also, to get a better idea of life here in this little corner of paradise, accessible only by boat and totally off the grid, check out Saladero’s Facebook page, to which I post photos on a daily basis. You’ll see not just birds (although I admit it may be a little bird heavy..) but also what the guest experience is like here be it fishing excursions, kayak tours or simply the stunning evening sunsets. You’ll also get an idea of the tireless work of our dedicated employees, the programs we take part in with guidance and support from the biologists of Osa Conservation, then of course there’s plenty of photos of all the various insects, monkeys, reptiles and various other fauna that we often cross paths with and, last but not least, the glorious food we’re treated to daily by highly capable cooks (including Saladero’s very own owners, Harvey and Susan!).

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Yellow-billed Cotinga

Bird-wise, I’m happy to say we’re still seeing the Yellow-billed Cotingas around the edge of the gardens. They’re hanging out in the trees near the nutmegs (which have finished fruiting) where I first found them. It almost appears as if they’re gleaning insects among the branches as I don’t see anything as far as fruit or flowers nearby. Two days ago, I had three brilliant white males and a female in the same jobos where I first saw them back in January. To learn more about them and my first discovery of them this year, check out my cotinga post.

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Baltimore Oriole

In other bird news, we’re still flush with winter migrants who haven’t yet left for their northern breeding grounds. I recently saw a beautifully decorated Chestnut-sided Warbler, all ready to draw in the ladies with a fresh set of feathers in full breeding plumage. The Summer Tanager was still chuckling high in the treetops a day or two ago and only yesterday I still heard the whistle of the Great-crested Flycatcher. Last week I had a Yellow Warbler and about five orioles as well. Seeing them congregated like that suggested to me that they were on the move. And the distinctive chip note of the Northern Waterthrush behind the kitchen where the dry season has left our stream devoid of even a trickle, continues to sound with gusto.

But they’ll all be on their way soon and I’ll be sad to see them go. How interesting is it that these birds we’re so familiar with up in the north spend more time down here rubbing shoulders with macaws and toucans than they do with chickadees and titmice of the temperate forests?

So I’ll leave you with a little photo collage of my favorite bird photos of late. Thanks so much for reading a please do visit my Patreon and become a Pura Vida Patron for as little as $3 a creation (aka video), to which I will be posting to much more in the near future to help fund my documentation of life here in the tropics!

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Male Green Kingfisher, Scarlet Macaw, Great Curassow, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Chestnut backed Antbird, Gartered Trogon, Yellow-headed Caracara, Black Vulture, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Black-hooded Antshrike, Lineated Woodpecker, Black-striped Sparrow

Thanks again and Pura Vida..indeed!

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About Stacey M. Hollis

Living at the edge of southern Costa Rica's rich Golfo Dulce working with non-profit Osa Birds: Research and Conservation. With a background in environmental journalism, avian field biology, bird guiding and ecotourism, my aim is to share my passion for birds and spread the word about the importance of wildlife conservation.
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One Response to Birds Abound in Saladero

  1. Marjorie Hollis says:

    This is wonderful! So glad that we’ve been there and can relate so much better to the beauty that surrounds you.

    Liked by 1 person

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