Pat’s Costa Rica bird list, 2021


2021 is already well underway, are you birding? I hope so because watching a flock of redpolls bound through wintery airs that echo with the calls of crows is nature connection magic. Tracking the soaring of a Bateleur in hot African skies is a lifetime gift. Watching Baltimore Orioles consort with Blue-gray Tanagers as Great Kiskadees throw down their wings and yell is the perfect start to any day.

I saw some of that avian action this morning.

During anxious times, birding is therapeutic, it brings us back to center, can wipe away the worries and act as a source of mental fortitude. Watch some birds today and see where it takes you. Watch some birds all year long and enjoy the journey, keep a list. I follow the year list birding tradition. I’m not sure when it started, who ever kept the first list, but it gives me something to strive for, facilitates noting each special moment like when I saw that first Painted Bunting of 2021.

I saw a male just out back this very morning. It flew to some bare branches near a Yellow-throated Euphonia and a pair of Blue Grosbeaks.

I can also note my first White-fronted Nunbird, I had a few at Tirimbina Reserve just the other day. 

Although I would love to see some birds elsewhere, even if I don’t, my year list will make for some fun documentation. After all, Costa Rica is no small player on the world birding stage. We have nearly 930 species on the official list and with some effort, 700 in a year is a feasible goal. Here I go, I hope you also surpass your birding goals in 2021.

  1. Great Tinamou – Tinamus major; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  2. Gray-headed Chachalaca – Ortalis cinereiceps; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  3. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygna autumnalis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  4. Rock Pigeon – Columba livia; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  5. Red-billed Pigeon – Patagioenas flavirostris; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  6. Inca Dove – Columbina inca; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  7. Common Ground-Dove – Columbina passerina; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  8. Ruddy Ground-Dove – Columbina talpacoti; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  9. White-tipped Dove – Leptotila verreauxi; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  10. White-winged Dove – Zenaida asiatica; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  11. Squirrel Cuckoo – Piaya cayana; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  12. Groove-billed Ani – Crotophaga sulcirostris; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  13. Common Pauraque – Nyctidromus albicollis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  14. Vaux’s Swift – Chaetura vauxi; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  15. Gray-rumped Swift – Chaetura cinereiventris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  16. White-necked Jacobin – Florisuga mellivora; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  17. Long-billed Hermit – Phaethornis longirostris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  18. Band-tailed Barbthroat – Threnetes ruckeri; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  19. Lesser Violetear – Colibri cyanotus; Varablanca area, 9-Jan
  20. Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer – Chalybura urochrysia; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  21. Scaly-breasted Hummingbird – Phaeochroa cuvierii; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  22. Crowned Woodnymph – Thalurania colombica; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  23. Blue-vented Hummingbird – Amazilia hoffmanni; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  24. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird – Amazilia tzacatl; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  25. Blue-chested Hummingbird – Amazilia amabilis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  26. White-throated Crake – Laterallus albigularis; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  27. Gray-cowled Wood-Rail – Aramides cajaneus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  28. Neotropic Cormorant – Phalacrocorax brasilianus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  29. Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  30. Little Blue Heron – Egretta caerulea; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  31. Snowy Egret – Egretta thula; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  32. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  33. Black Vulture – Coragyps atrata; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  34. Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  35. White-tailed Kite – Elanus leucurus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  36. Black Hawk-Eagle – Spizaetus tyrannus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  37. White Hawk – Pseudastur albicollis; Cinchona, 9-Jan
  38. Gray Hawk – Buteo plagiatus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  39. Slaty-tailed Trogon – Trogon massena; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  40. Black-throated Trogon – Trogon rufus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  41. Gartered Trogon – Trogon caligatus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  42. Broad-billed Motmot – Electron platyrhynchum; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  43. Ringed Kingfisher – Megaceryle torquata; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  44. Amazon Kingfisher – Chloroceryle amazona; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  45. White-fronted Nunbird – Monasa morpoeus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  46. Rufous-tailed Jacamar – Galbula ruficauda; La Selva, 9-Jan
  47. Keel-billed Toucan – Ramphastos sulfuratus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  48. Yellow-throated Toucan – Ramphastos ambiguus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  49. Collared Aracari – Pteroglossus torquatus; Curu, 4-Jan
  50. Hoffmann’s Woodpecker – Melanerpes hoffmannii; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  51. Black-cheeked Woodpecker – Melanerpes pucherani; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  52. Hairy Woodpecker – Dryobates villosus; Varablanca, 9-Jan
  53. Rufous-winged Woodpecker – Piculus simplex; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  54. Lineated Woodpecker – Dryocopus lineatus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  55. Laughing Falcon – Herpetotheres cachinnans; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  56. Crested Caracara – Caracara cheriway; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  57. Yellow-headed Caracara – Milvago chimachima; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  58. Bat Falcon – Falco rufigularis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  59. Olive-throated Parakeet – Eupsittula nana; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  60. Scarlet Macaw – Ara macao; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  61. Great Green Macaw – Ara ambiguus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  62. Crimson-fronted Parakeet – Psittacara finschi; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  63. Orange-chinned Parakeet – Brotogeris jugularis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  64. Brown-hooded Parrot – Pyrilia haematotis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  65. White-crowned Parrot – Pionus senilis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  66. White-fronted Parrot – Amazona albifrons; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  67. Red-lored Parrot – Amazona autumnalis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  68. Fasciated Antshrike – Cymbilaimus lineatus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  69. Black-crowned Antshrike – Thamnophilus atrinucha; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  70. Barred Antshrike – Thamnophilus doliatus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  71. Streak-crowned Antvireo – Dysithamnus striaticeps; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  72. White-flanked Antwren – Myrmotherula axillaris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  73. Checker-throated Antwren – Epinecrophylla fulviventris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  74. Chestnut-backed Antbird – Myrmeciza exsul; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  75. Spotted Antbird – Hylophylax naevioides; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  76. Dusky Antbird – Cercomacroides tyrannina; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  77. Silvery-fronted Tapaculo – Scytalopus argentifrons; Varablanca, 9-Jan
  78. Plain Xenops – Xenops minutus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  79. Wedge-billed Woodcreeper – Glyphorynchus spirurus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  80. Northern Barred-Woodcreeper – Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  81. Cocoa Woodcreeper – Xiphorhynchus susurrans; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  82. Streak-headed Woodcreeper – Lepidocolaptes souleyetii; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  83. White-collared Manakin – Manacus candei; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  84. Masked Tityra – Tityra semifasciata; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  85. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher – Mionectes oleagineus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  86. Common Tody-Flycatcher –  Todirostrum cinereum; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  87. Yellow-margined Flycatcher – Tolmomyias assimilis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  88. Yellow-olive Flycatcher – Tolmomyias sulphurescens; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  89. Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant – Myiornis atricapillus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  90. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet – Camptostoma imberbe; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  91. Paltry Tyrannulet – Zimmerius vilissimus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  92. Yellow Tyrannulet – Capsiempis flaveola; Jaco area, 20-Jan
  93. Yellow-bellied Elaenia – Elaenia flavigaster; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  94. Mountain Elaenia – Elaenia frantzii; Varablanca area, 9-Jan
  95. Bright-rumped Attila – Attila spadiceus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  96. Rufous Mourner – Rhytipterna holerythra; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  97. Dusky-capped Flycatcher – Myiarchus tuberculifer; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  98. Great Crested Flycatcher – Myiarchus crinitus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  99. Great Kiskadee – Pitangus sulphuratus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  100. Boat-billed Flycatcher – Megarynchus pitangua; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  101. Gray-capped Flycatcher – Myiozetetes granadensis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  102. Social Flycatcher – Myiozetetes similis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  103. Tropical Kingbird – Tyrannus melancholicus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  104. Tropical Pewee – Contopus cinereus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  105. Dark Pewee – Contopus lugubris; Cinchona area, 9-Jan
  106. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – Empidonax flaviventris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  107. Black Phoebe – Sayornis nigricans; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  108. Lesser Greenlet – Pachysylvia decurtatus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  109. Yellow-throated Vireo – Vireo flavifrons; San Joaquin de Heredia, 4-Jan
  110. Philadelphia Vireo – Vireo philadelphicus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 4-Jan
  111. Brown Jay – Psilorhinus morio; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  112. Gray-breasted Martin – Progne chalybea; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  113. Blue-and-white Swallow – Pygochelidon cyanoleuca; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  114. Southern Rough-winged Swallow –  Stelgidopteryx ruficollis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  115. House Wren – Troglodytes aedon; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  116. Rufous-naped Wren – Campylorhynchus rufinucha; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  117. Stripe-breasted Wren – Thryophilus pleurostictus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  118. Canebrake Wren – Cantorchilus zeledoni; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  119. Cabanis’s Wren – Cantorchilus modestus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  120. Bay Wren – Cantorchilus nigricapillus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  121. White-breasted Wood-Wren – Henicorhina leucosticta; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  122. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren – Henicorhina leucophyrs; Varablanca area, 9-Jan
  123. Long-billed Gnatwren – Ramphocaenus melanurus; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  124. Tropical Gnatcatcher – Polioptila plumbea; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  125. Clay-colored Thrush – Turdus grayi; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  126. House Sparrow – Passer domesticus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  127. Yellow-crowned Euphonia – Euphonia luteicapilla; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  128. Olive-backed Euphonia – Euphonia gouldi; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  129. Yellow-throated Euphonia – Euphonia hirundinacea; San Joaquin de Heredia, 4-Jan
  130. Common Chlorospingus – Chlorospingus flavopectus; Cinchona area, 9-Jan
  131. White-eared Ground-Sparrow – Melozone leucotis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  132. Black-striped Sparrow –  Arremonops conirostris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  133. Orange-billed Sparrow – Arremon aurantiirostris; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  134. Sooty-faced Finch – Arremon crassirostris; Braulio Carrillo, 5-March
  135. Rufous-collared Sparrow – Zonotrichia capensis; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  136. Eastern Meadowlark – Sturnella magna; San Joaquin de Heredia, 4-Jan
  137. Chestnut-headed Oropendola – Psarcolius wagleri; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  138. Montezuma Oropendola – Montezuma Oropendola; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  139. Black-cowled Oriole – Icterus prosthemelas; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  140. Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  141. Red-winged Blackbird – Agelaius phoeniceus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  142. Shiny Cowbird – Molothrus bonariensis; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  143. Bronzed Cowbird – Molothrus aeneus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  144. Giant Cowbird – Molothrus oryzivorus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  145. Melodious Blackbird – Dives dives; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  146. Great-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus mexicanus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  147. Black-and-white Warbler – Mniotilta varia; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  148. Tennessee Warbler – Leiothlypis peregrina; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  149. Gray-crowned Yellowthroat – Geothlypis poliocephala; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  150. Mourning Warbler – Geothlypis philadelphia; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  151. Kentucky Warbler – Geothlypis formosa; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  152. Yellow Warbler – Setophaga petechia; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  153. Chestnut-sided Warbler – Setophaga pensylvanica; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  154. Tropical Parula –  Setophaga pitiayumi; Cinchona area, 9-Jan
  155. Slate-throated Redstart – Myioborus miniatus; Varablanca, 9-Jan
  156. Buff-rumped Warbler – Myiothlypis fulvicauda; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  157. Rufous-capped Warbler – Basileuterus rufifrons; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  158. Summer Tanager – Piranga rubra; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  159. Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Pheucticus ludovicianus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 10-Jan
  160. Blue-black Grosbeak – Cyanocompsa cyanoides; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  161. Blue Grosbeak – Passerina caerulea; San Joaquin de Heredia, 10-Jan
  162. Painted Bunting – Passerina ciris; Raptor Ridge; San Joaquin de Heredia, 10-Jan
  163. Golden-hooded Tanager –  Stilpnia larvata; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  164. Blue-gray Tanager – Thraupis episcopus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 1-Jan
  165. Palm Tanager – Thraupis palmarum; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  166. White-shouldered Tanager – Tachyphonus luctuosus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  167. Scarlet-rumped Tanager – Ramphocelus passerinii; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  168. Crimson-collared Tanager – Ramphocelus sanguinolentus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  169. Blue-black Grassquit – Volatinia jacarina; San Joaquin de Heredia, 10-Jan
  170. Slaty Flowerpiercer – Diglossa plumbea; Varablanca area, 9-Jan
  171. Green Honeycreeper – Chlorophanes spiza; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  172. Shining Honeycreeper – Cyanerpes lucidus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  173. Blue Dacnis – Dacnis cayana; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  174. Bananaquit – Coereba flaveola; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  175. Yellow-faced Grassquit – Tiaris olvaceus; San Joaquin de Heredia, 10-Jan
  176. Variable Seedeater – Sporophila corvina; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  177. Morelet’s Seedeater – Sporophila morelleti; La Selva area, 9-Jan
  178. Buff-throated Saltator – Saltator maximus; Tirimbina, 9-Jan
  179. Grayish Saltator – Saltator coerulescens; San Joaquin de Heredia, 10-Jan

 



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