#851-857 at the Hotel Bouganvillea

I arrived in Costa Rica yesterday after dark as planned, but too late to do any birding. This morning, however, Tommy and I were up even before the rest of the group and out in the gardens at 5:30AM, and we were not disappointed. The first bird up with us was #851, Rufous-naped Wren:

Rufous-naped Wren

This was soon followed by #852, Grayish Saltator:

Grayish Saltator

I thought Rufous-tailed Hummingbird was #853, but it turned out I’d seen this previously in Panama. Instead #853 was Red-billed Pigeon, a bird that just reaches up into the ABA area in Southern Texas, but which I’ve never seen there.

Red-billed Pigeon

We had multiple flyovers by #854, Crimson-fronted Parakeet. These were hard to ID, and honestly I didn’t really have them. However once we left the hotel, we spotted two much closer from the bus so I can count them.

Crimson-fronted Parakeets

#855 was a Hoffmann’s Woodpecker.

#856 was a very distinctive White-eared Ground-Sparrow.

The final bird before we went inside for breakfast was #857, Rufous-collared Sparrow. I didn’t get a good look at this, but I’m told it’s common at Bosque de Paz where we’re staying for the next couple of nights.

After breakfast Tommy and I birded the parking lot. We added White-winged Dove to the day list (already heard from our room), but nothing surprising.

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