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That’s what my sister used to say to my brother when they were both in high school – it means “lazy” in Spanish.  But now I know it also means Sloth.  With his video camera, Dan found a pair in the woods near Tenorio Volcano.

Tenorio is another great National Park where you can see lots of animals on the face of the mostly extinct volcano.

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At Playa Carrillo, the beach looks like the Normandy Invasion.  The sand is pock-marked with holes and sand mounds, about a meter apart..

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We see this every year, the morning after the first rain of the season.  The holes stretch for a 1/2 kilometer in front of the wetland across the road from the beach.

 

crabs costa rica

These are the culprits, red and purple land crabs, about the size of a small fist.  It’s a sad fact that many do not make the trek across the road, which is paved in crab shells.

But are they laying eggs in the sand or hatching?

 

 

pacific screech owl

Came home in the dark to find a pair of Pacific Screech Owls perched on the gate.

turquoise-browed motmot

turquoise-browed motmot

 

Woke up to a pair of motmots in the same position.

scrub euphona

scrub euphona

My sister spotted 3 more bird species in our front yard.  That’s 27 identified over five mornings.

scrub euphona

scrub euphona

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

masked tityra

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

collared aracari

parrots fill the tree

parrots fill the tree

barred antshrike

barred antshrike

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

unidentified

unidentified

Can anyone help us identify the birds we couldn’t?

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

unidentified

red-billed pigeon

red-billed pigeon

red-billed pigeon

red-billed pigeon

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

nutting's flycatcher

nutting’s flycatcher

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

groove-billed ani

groove-billed ani collecting nest materials

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turquoise-browed motmot

turquoise-browed motmot

My sister is staying with us this week at Casa el Gecko in Playa Samara, Costa Rica.  She is a devoted bird watcher and a talented photographer.  I thought I would share the benefits of her endeavors with you.  She spotted all of these birds on her first morning here, 13 species.  I’ll post more in the next few days. She captured new species each morning at 6:00 am, sitting in the garden, not 20 yards from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya.

turquoise-browed motmot

turquoise-browed motmot

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turquoise-browed motmot

turquoise-browed motmot

turquoise-browed motmot

white-fronted parrot

white-fronted parrot

white-fronted parrot

white-fronted parrot

white-fronted parrot

white-fronted parrot

b1- streak-backed oriole 4

streak-backed oriole

b1- streak-backed oriole 2

streak-backed oriole

ruby-throated hummingbird

ruby-throated hummingbird

ruby-throated hummingbird

ruby-throated hummingbird

red-beaked pigeon

red-beaked pigeon

magpie jay

magpie jay

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

long-tailed manakin

hoffman's woodpecker

hoffman’s woodpecker

You can see that many of the birds are seen in pairs.  It’s mating season in Costa Rica.

hoffman's woodpecker

hoffman’s woodpecker

hoffman's woodpecker

hoffman’s woodpecker

groove-billed ani

groove-billed ani

great kiskadee

great kiskadee

great kiskadee

great kiskadee

great kiskadee

great kiskadee

rufous-tailed hummingbird

rufous-tailed hummingbird

rufous-tailed hummingbird

rufous-tailed hummingbird

cinnamon hummingbird

cinnamon hummingbird

cinnamon hummingbird

cinnamon hummingbird

black-headed trogon

black-headed trogon

black-headed trogon

black-headed trogon