Costa Rica- Arenal Observatory to Monteverde (Day 9)

We returned to Arenal Observatory for a second visit and caught up with a few birds we had not seen the day before along with some old favorites.

Rufous Motmot finally sitting in decent light

Green Thorntail

Summer Tanager, an abundant bird in CR

White-necked Jacobin

Piratic Flycatcher

Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush

A couple of butterflies were flying around one spot and decided to land on Caroline's hand.

Super cool but haven't ID'ed them yet.

White-ruffed Manakin

Yellow-faced Grassquit

 Masked Tityra

We had taken a trail out of the darker forest into open grass and farm lands which led to seeing many soaring birds.  This included Black Hawk-Eagles, Short-tailed Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kites, and most importantly, a King Vulture!

 It soared up and into a large swift flock.

White-collared Swifts

This cool insect was on the ground around this time:

We walked back towards the lodge and saw a family watching something. 

Lesser anteater!

It came down from the tree and the family left and we hung out with it for a bit.

 Next to the log

 Inside the log

On top of the log

Then it climbed a tree to really show off its fancy vest.

We found a small flock of birds closer to the lodge on the edge of the gardens.

 Emerald Tanager

Gartered Trogon

 Another anteater appeared strolling down the sidewalk.

Back in the garden a female Black-crested Coquette gave us great looks.

Violet-headed Hummingbird

 I had no idea how big Brown Jays are- more than twice the weight of a California Scrub-Jay

 Tawny-capped Euphonia

After another lunch at the lodge we were ready to head off on the drive to Monteverde.  Complete checklist from the day here.

We made it to our Airbnb which was a cute A-frame house that may or may not fall over someday.

Out of the car a Lesson's Motmot was our first yard bird and a Mottled Owl called all night long.  More to come!  Good times!


  1. OH MY HEAVENS how many beautiful birds are there in CR? I don't know how you ever kept it all sorted out...and the anteater what a handsome creature..that has to be a highlight mammal or are they mammals? Cute A frame too!

    1. Definitely mammals! And yes definitely a highlight, something I had really been hoping for!


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