Trip report: Costa Rica, The Introtour (July 2018) by Tropical Birding

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

Our July 2018 departure of the Costa Rica Introtour was another successful trip, but not without some unexpected surprises! We once again did well with many of the most sought-after birds in Central America, including Three-wattled Bellbird, Resplendent Quetzal, Great Green and Scarlet Macaws, Keel-billed Toucan, Pale-billed Woodpecker, and Lesser Ground-Cuckoo. Excellent sightings of rarely-seen species like Chiriquí Quail-Dove, Collared Forest-Falcon, and Spotted Wood-Quail added daily excitement. And we had great success with dozens of Costa Rican-Panamanian shared endemics such as Baird’s Trogon, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Riverside Wren, Dusky Nightjar, Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher, and even the newly split Chiriquí Foliage-gleaner.

Unusually heavy rains falling on the Caribbean half of the country meant we got to experience a true rainforest downpour firsthand, and weather-related damage to the roads caused us to improvise with birding sites and travel routes during the first few days of the trip. However our positive and good-natured group was unfazed by these minor hiccups, which were easily offset by the continuous parade of lifers. Of course the superb Costa Rica cuisine and welcome company of our knowledgeable and friendly driver Luis didn’t hurt! Finally, the non-bird wildlife was brilliant as well: we had close encounters with three monkey species, both sloth species, White-nosed Coati, and Collared Peccary, among other mammals, and the frogging was sensational in and around Carara National Park.

TOP FIVE BIRDS OF THE TOUR (as voted by the group)
1. Three-wattled Bellbird – Monteverde
2. Sunbittern – La Selva
3. Great Tinamou – Carara
4. Chiriquí Quail-Dove – Monteverde
5. Spotted Wood-Quail – Savegre

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