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Double-toothed Kite, Quebrada González Station, Braulio Carillo National Park, Costa Rica

Braulio Carillo National Park – Quebrada González

by Chris Fischer

The Quebrada González station in Braulio Carillo National Park is well known as a birding destination in Costa Rica, with well over 400 species recorded on eBird. With excellent primary rainforest at approx. 500m elevation, this is a good site to try your luck for Lattice-tailed Trogon, Blue-and-gold Tanager, Olive-backed Quail-Dove, Black-crowned Antpitta, and Yellow-eared Toucanet, among other specialties.

Arriving just before 8am (note that it is possible to enter the park earlier if arrangements are made in advance), it was a slow morning for birds, with almost 4 hours on the Las Palmas loop yielding only 23 species, including Double-toothed Kite, Checker-throated Antwren, Dusky Antbird, and Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant.

Approaching noon and having encountered little activity, I was feeling discouraged and almost called it a day. But I’m glad I didn’t! I crossed the road and started birding the El Ceibo trail. It was dead quiet at first … until I encountered an enormous mixed-species feeding flock with over 13 species of tanagers, including Blue-and-gold Tanager, Dusky-faced Tanager, Speckled Tanager, Emerald Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Black-and-yellow Tanager. After such a quiet morning, the dizzying activity was almost sensory overload! An Olive-striped Flycatcher on my way out was a nice addition.

All in all, this experience was consistent with my previous experiences birding here. Lesson: don’t throw in the towel too early! It’s all about finding the mixed flocks. It can be really slow until it isn’t.

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John Harvey January 25, 2019 - 4:00 am

Tanager flock sounds amazing!!! Gladnyou hung in there!

Chris Fischer January 29, 2019 - 9:38 pm

Thanks John!

Paula February 8, 2019 - 2:16 pm

Hi Chris,
I found your blog via Rancho Naturalista this morning. I, too, have enjoyed birding the Sarapiqui & Guapiles areas. I will follow your blog with great interest! You’ve seen some incredible birds (birds we have missed!) and I wish you great luck and look forward to your future posts!

Chris Fischer February 13, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Thanks Paula! Good birding!


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