Baltimore Oriole Male

Before leaving Olguita’s on the second day in Costa Rica, I spotted this migrant male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) pictured above, but I also enjoyed a resident Black-cowled Oriole (Icterus prosthemelas), both lifers!

Black-cowled Oriole

Since the weather was not favorable for snorkeling I decided to kayak up the local Quebrada Ernesto Inlet. Climbing into the kayak I noticed a Three-toed Sloth hanging in an overhanging tree. The sloths are a big draw in Costa Rica. Whenever we saw large groups of folks looking up into the trees, they were usually watching sloths.

Three-toed Sloth

Heading up the inlet…

Quebrada Ernesto Inlet

were several Black River Turtles.

Black River Turtle

But the coolest thing seen was a Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) feeding on its prey.

Common Black Hawk

Back at the hotel the ever present Scarlet-rumped Tanagers (Ramphocelus passerinii) were frolicking. The female trying to hide in the foliage…

Scarlet-rumped Tanager Female

and the male found at a feeding station.

Scarlet-rumped Tanager Male

Streak-headed Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes souleyetti) was spotted occupied in its normal behavior of climbing a tree in the yard.

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

 Both a Tropical Kingbird (Tyannus melancholicus)…

Tropical Kingbird

and a Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis) were in plain view.

Pale-vented Pigeon

That last night at one of the beach-side restaurants in Punta Uva we were treated to several beautiful Blue Land Crabs.

Blue Land Crab

As we were leaving Olguita’s for our next destination in Sarapiqui we got great looks at probably the most common hawk seen in Costa Rica, the Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)…

Roadside Hawk

the cool thing was, we also got great looks at a juvenile as well!

Roadside Hawk Juvie

Written by Larry
Larry Jordan was introduced to birding after moving to northern California where he was overwhelmed by the local wildlife, forcing him to buy his first field guide just to be able to identify all the species visiting his yard. Building birdhouses and putting up feeders brought the avian fauna even closer and he was hooked. Larry wanted to share his passion for birds and conservation and hatched The Birder's Report in September of 2007. His recent focus is on bringing the Western Burrowing Owl back to life in California where he also monitors several bluebird trails. He is a BirdLife Species Champion and contributes to several other conservation efforts, being the webmaster for Wintu Audubon Society and the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Urban Bird Foundation. He is now co-founder of a movement to create a new revenue stream for our National Wildlife Refuges with a Wildlife Conservation Pass.