As we were getting ready to head to the roads near La Selva Biological Station Caroline spotted the local Black-and-White Owl perched in bamboo.
It hung out in this same spot every day we were there.
Eventually we made it to our birding destination, only 2.4 km from the hotel. Birds were abundant and new and exciting.
First we walked the road to Puerto Viejo River.
The end of the road is a muddy trail down to the river.
By the river we found another sloth, flyover Keel-billed Toucans and Great Green Macaws, howler monkeys, and a Spotted Sandpiper. Also, the rain started which dumped off and on the rest of our time on this road.
We did pretty well despite all the rain! Next we drove the very short distance to the road that leads to the entrance of La Selva. The sun came out and we walked the road finding more cool birds. And this spider:
Complete checklist for this road here. We went back to the hotel for lunch and checked out some bats that were roosting on the back wall of some of the rooms.
From the hotel we drove out to Catarata del Toro, a coffee/waterfall/garden spot with hummingbird feeders. Along the way we of course found some birds.
At the waterfall we checked out some of the trails while some dude in the seating area put a hummingbird feeder on a chair and took flash photos of birds that came to it. Kinda weird.
I was excited to see this Sooty-faced Finch but it was SO dark...
The trails had some nice birds but with how dark it was I didn't photograph much. Our complete checklist is here, and some people taking cell phone photos of the waterfall are here:
For dinner we stopped at another lodge and I had my first Costa Rican IPA. Not terrible!
It was another amazing day in Costa Rica which ended with my 100th lifer for the trip. Not bad for only two days of birding. Good times!!!