Trip report: Costa Rica: The Introtour (July 2016) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Scott Olmstead. This was a set departure tour.

Our July Costa Rica tours have been very successful during the last couple of years. We have seen not only some of the most wanted and emblematic species such as Resplendent Quetzal, Three-wattled Bellbird, and Great Curassow, but also some superb mammals and amphibians, such as three species of monkeys, White-nosed Coatis, and some really stunning frogs like Green-and-black and Strawberry Poison Frogs and Red-eyed Leaf Frog. This time of year is billed as the “Green Season” in Costa Rica, which means it is wetter than February, another popular time to visit. However, this year’s tour had only one out of nine mornings affected by rain, and only twice were our afternoon birding outings somewhat disrupted by rain showers. We did experience some rain on most days but it seemed to typically fall during lunchtime or early afternoon. The more frequent rain does offer advantages, such as the chance to experience the rainforest and cloudforest in a lusher state than during the first half of the year. This year’s trip also encountered a pretty spectacular frog show at La Selva and Tárcoles, probably stimulated by the recent rainfall.

Our group this for this Introtour included a mix of veteran tropical birders and complete newbies to international birding, The company turned out to be perfect; everyone got along swimmingly and contributed with entertaining stories, outstanding spotting skills, and patience during some dizzying mixed flocks. Many epic meals, fantastic experiences with spectacular birds and our helpful, knowledgeable, and good-natured driver Luís all contributed to make this tour a total success.

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