The feeders turned out to be a disappointment as we never saw fresh fruit being put out, only birds picking at skins. Still, they were pleasant birds.
We abandoned the feeders to check out the trails and soon found some nice mammals.
For a few minutes I was completely unable to see birds others were seeing, as sometimes happens, but then I finally saw a bird and it was one I had been excited about.
Get ready for some very dark/high ISO photos now...
We emerged from the dark trails to the gardens with tons of porter weed and other flowers.
Someone spotted one of our main target birds for this spot, the Black-crested Coquette:
We headed back to the lodge for lunch where the feeders still looked pretty sad but Jacob's fancy drink, something with cotinga in the name, looked happy.
I was into this stained glass:
Complete checklist from our morning here. We left the lodge and started down the entrance road when Steve pointed at some birds on the side of the road. I'm pretty sure I said something like, it's just Scarlet-rumped Tanagers but we stopped anyway and he was like, I see an Ocellated Antbird right there. Oops.
It was an ant swarm.
In addition to the antbird seen before exiting the car, many other antbirds attended.
It was awesome. Other ant swarm-loving birds included Bare-crowned Antbird, Great Antshrike and Fasciated Antshrike. Complete checklist from this stop here.
From here we headed to Sendero Bogarín, a smaller nature reserve with some better stocked feeding stations.
We left the feeders to check out the trails and look for our target bird, Uniform Crake.
Caroline eventually spotted our target bird in the dark swampy area.
We walked back to check the feeders one more time before heading out.
After getting our chach fix we headed off to the store for supplies and then back to our Airbnb. Complete checklist for Sendero Bogarin here.
I forgot to throw this very important photo in at the beginning of the post. This is the kind of selfie influencers and other cool people do on the bridge by Lake Arenal. We mocked it so much we had to do it ourselves.