Our summer series this year takes us to beautiful Costa Rica. It starts with a thought. Then a rough draft follows with many hours of research to back up our proposed plan. Areas are targeted for specific birds. Transportation needs connect the dots and maximize our bird surveys so that we don't lose any valuable time. Lodging is equally important as it needs to be centrally located to nearby birdy hotspots. No guide is needed if you sketch it all out and research. And Costa Rica is one of the easiest countries to explore!
|Gordon carefully searches along the river for the Amazon Kingfisher|
|We explore the secret confines of a plantain grove. The mosquitoes explore my legs.|
Micheal found a place on Airbnb that fit all of our criteria at Casita Del Lago. Like it means in Spanish, this little home was situated near a pond. It had a kitchen and nice bedroom. Unfortunately, for our friend Gordon, the pull out was not big enough and I worried about his sleep. He doesn't sleep much anyway but when he did, I worried he wouldn't be able to recharge his batteries properly. We made it through the experience and the property was truly amazing. Our hosts, Carmen and Steve were wonderful people and super helpful! I really liked both of them. Carmen took us to the supermarket where we bought all of our goodies. And it was the only time on the trip that we had control of making our own food.
|While bridges are not Gordon's thing, we often had to cross them during our treks|
I found this book in the casita and discovered that there must be some science fiction fans out there. This superhero apparently possesses the power of lightning like my favorite superhero of all time, Storm! Magical! As for the revelation? Well, I didn't have time to read the book. However, I did find time to read my 2 pound novel, A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. I'm still digesting all the info! Powerful stuff!
This is the adult(above) and juvenile(below) Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
As a Spanish teacher and world traveler, I highly recommend Costa Rica to ANY birder thinking of leaving their country's comfort zones. There are a lot of birds in this country. There's also a lot of beautiful scenery. It's geared towards birders. And for the most part, it's super safe. However, common sense is always required anywhere you go.
|Streak-backed Oriole in nest|
Each day I added lifebirds. By the end of my trip, I added over 80 new birds bringing up my total life list to 842. I began with 760. This blog is about finding 10000 lifebirds. I hope to hit a thousand by next year. So yes, the trips have already been planned and I'm looking forward to the journalism that will follow these very special treks. They will be quite unique, from a birder's point of view. And I can't wait to see how the experiences will all play out surrounding the lifebird journey.
And let our eyes adjust to the green. Because when we do, we'll find that there are creatures looking back at us:)
For the Casita Del Lago report, click here.
For the Hilton/Airport report, click here.