Alright, day 3! We headed to the Quebrada Gonzales section of Braulio Carrillo NP after confirming that a potential Snowcap spot was not open (sad face) but then the park was also not open yet. Luckily a trail on the opposite side of the road, El Ceibo, seemed open enough.
At some point I was trying to see a bird and instead found a snake moving slowly on the side of a tree.
My super helpful yet super-made-fun-of laminated folding guide to Costa Rica Wildlife identified this as an oriole snake, Spilotes pullatus, a common snake in CR. It crept slowly down this tree and crossed the trail behind us.
Soon after the snake encounter we came across a nice mixed flock in these trees:
Most birds were too quick for photos but it was a fun spot to watch for awhile.
Before finishing this trail a group of howler monkeys caught our attention. I lagged behind to finally get shots of a younger one.
We crossed the highway to the main entrance which was now open so we could check out another trail, Las Palmas.
Around the guard station were tons of these spiders:
On the trail, a Blue morpho butterfly sat still for once.
Our complete checklists from this park can be found here and here.
For lunch we stopped at a soda típica where I had my first and maybe only quesadilla of the trip. While we sat there, kinda tired and hungry, Caroline (I think) noted a bird sound and said that sounds like macaws. For some reason we kept sitting there for a few seconds till Steve got up to investigate, and sure enough, Scarlet Macaws were flying over. Pretty cool!
After lunch we had a boat trip scheduled on Rio Sarapiqui. I had very low expectations for this trip but we ended up having a great time.
A two-toed sloth was hanging out in a tree by the river.
Our tour guide, Carmela, wasn't *the best* birder but she did fine and we saw good stuff.
Soon after this a Sunbittern appeared on the river bank! I had not expected this bird on this boat ride and it was the only one we saw on our whole trip.
Good boat trip! Complete checklist here.
That night was our last at Hotel Gavilan and we decided to look for frogs again.
Good haul! We also noticed this poop that we later determined to be sloth poop. Yay!