Bird Jumble #3: Answers

Congratulations to the gifted, speedy and powerful Dorothy MacKinnon for solving Bird Jumble #3! Here are the jumbles and the answers:

The Challenging 3:

an ox nipples = Plain Xenops

cop mom on too = Common Potoo

darkest amity = Masked Tityra

The Easier 3:

one pig = pigeon

law owls = swallow

bitter nuns = sunbittern

The Local Name 3:

daring loon = golondrina

orangest = sargento

boob = bobo

We may be able to squeeze out ONE MORE jumble…in a couple of days.

Green Honeycreeper and Silver-throated Tanager photo courtesy of somebody with a camera.

Pigeons and Doves of San Vito: ID by Call

You’re all getting plenty of exercise, right? Walking and birding and gardening and home projects. Good! Keep it up, San Vito Bird Club members.

About 3 years ago following one of our Bird Walks (when you all were pretty much a captive, coffee-drinking audience) I delivered a brief tutorial on the calls of our local Pigeons and Doves. Following the tutorial, I promised deliver it again ‘…some day.’ That day has come.

All seven of these birds are easier to hear than to see. And they each have a distinctive call or song. See how many you can identify by song when you’re out and about.

White-tipped Dove, photo courtesy of Helen LeVasseur

Bird Jumble #2-Answers/Plus, Bird Jumble #3…Extravaganza!

Once again, here are last week’s Bird Jumbles followed by the answers:

large reactants = Scarlet Tanager

a noodle pro = Oropendola

bison poll = Spoonbill

a big drifter = Frigatebird (isn’t that one elegant?)

quick color user = Squirrel Cuckoo

camel cat wars = Scarlet Macaw

taco tune = Toucanet

porn guy died = Ruddy Pigeon

And the tie-breaker: chocolaty hurdler = Clay-colored Thrush

Hope you had some fun with this one.

Now…for Bird Jumble #3-Extravaganza!

Below you will see 3 jumbled bird names in three separate categories:

Challenging (tough ones)–Easier (but not easy)–Local Names (local bird names jumbled)


#1. an ox nipples

#2: cop mom on too

#3: darkest amity


#1: one pig

#2: law owls

#3: bitter nuns

Local Names:

#1: orangest

#2: boob

#3: daring loon

Good luck and have fun!

photo courtesy of Alison Olivieri

Bird Jumble #2

Here’s your next challenge; Bird Jumble #2. Again, rearrange the letters below to make the name of bird that can be found within an hour or two from San Vito.

Following those jumbled letters, the parenthesis lets you know how many words there are in the solved puzzle.

  1. large reactants (two words)
  2. a noodle pro (one word)
  3. bison poll (one word)
  4. a big drifter (one word)
  5. quick color user (two words)
  6. camel cat wars (two words)
  7. taco tune (one word)
  8. porn guy died (two words)

Tie Breaker: chocolaty hurdlers (three words)

Mixed Up Birds (now…Bird Jumble) #1: Answers and Winners!

‘Mixed Up Birds’, our challenging new game will now be known as ‘Bird Jumble’ (thanks to Alison Olivieri).

The winners of Bird Jumble #1, submitted at almost at the exact same time:

The speedy and powerful Georgea Badilla and the patient and tenacious Jo Davidson. Congratulations to you both.

Here are the correct answers to Bird Jumble #1:

  1. brawler = warbler
  2. the calf cry = flycatcher
  3. greet = egret
  4. brand it = antbird
  5. dumb grin him = hummingbird
  6. aqua rep = paraque
  7. i amount = tinamou
  8. serf hiking = kingfisher
  9. a garnet = tanager
  10. a man ink = manakin
  11. Tie-breaker Challenge:   GRACIOUS QUOTIENT = Turquoise Cotinga

Please see our page for Bird Jumble #2 tomorrow.

Mixed Up Birds–A New Contest!/Pajaros Mezclados!

Cabin fever getting to you?  Tired of counting the flowers on the wallpaper?

The San Vito Bird Club is here for you with a fun new, new, new contest!

We call it ‘MIXED UP BIRDS’.

Below you will see ten birds that are found around here…but the letters have been all mixed up.  Your job is to rearrange the letters into the correct bird name.


erased tee = Seedeater

Some may be quite easy, others not so much.  As a tie-breaker, an eleventh bird is included at the bottom  This one could be much harder (hint: it is two words). Good luck!

Send your answers to:


Esta usted cansado de contar las flores en su fondo de pantalla?

El Club de Aves de San Vito tiene una concurso nuevo y divertido!

“Pajaros Mezclados”/Mixed Up Birds

Abajo hay diez nombres de pajaros comun de Coto Brus; pero las letras son mezclan. El objecto es cambiar las letras a nombre del pajaro.

Ejemplo: erased tee = Seedeater

Muy buena suerte! Tambien hay #11 que es mas dificil de las otras (es dos palabras).

Envia sus repuestas a:


  1. brawler
  2. the calf cry
  3. greet
  4. brand it
  5. dumb grin him
  6. aqua rep
  7. i amount
  8. serf hiking
  9. a garnet
  10. A man ink

#11: Tie-breaker Challenge:   GRACIOUS QUOTIENT 

(photo courtesy of Jean-Philippe Thelliez. This bird is not one of the answers.)

A Photo Album from SVBC Member Jean-Philippe Thelliez

Always energetic, Jean-Philippe Thelliez travels the world in search of nature photo opportunities. Submitted by Jean-Philippe himself, here are five recent photos taken in Columbia, Panama and Costa Rica.

(All photos taken by Jean-Philippe Thelliez)

Photo #1: The Hoatzin-Columbia

Living along riparian forests in the Amazon basin, the Hoatzin has been called ‘…the reptile bird’. Young Hoatzins actually have vestigial claws on their wings, allowing them to climb away from threats. Not surprisingly, this odd looking bird is only member of the taxonomic family Opisthocomidae.

Photo #2: The Andean Cock-of-the-Rock-Columbia

What female could fail to be impressed by this male Andean Cock-of-the-Rock? Yes, it does have a bill in there somewhere

Photo #3: Harpy Eagle-Panama

For many treetop monkeys and sloths, the massive (2nd largest raptor in the world) Harpy Eagle is the last thing they ever see. Open your hand and spread your fingers as wide as you can; the Harpy Eagle’s claws are bigger!

Photo #4: Three-wattled Bellbird-Costa Rica

‘BONG’ Spend a little time up in the highlands around San Vito and you’ll probably hear the male Three-wattled Bellbird give its echoing and eerie call.

Photo #5: Plumbeous Kite-Costa Rica

Our fifth and final bird is the Plumbeous Kite. This particular bird appears to be bowing a polite ‘thank you’ for viewing these wonderful photos. The Plumbeous Kite also wishes to remind all of you to remain healthy, safe, patient and most importantly…ACTIVE!

(descriptions by Greg Homer)

Bird Walks and Birding During the Coronavirus Situation

Social distancing, we are told, is vital to ‘flattening the curve’ of the coronavirus, or slowing down the spread.  This means we should all avoid crowds and limit physical contact with our fellow citizens. The San Vito Bird Club respects and agrees with this philosophy.

However we also believe that getting out of the house, breathing fresh air and interacting with nature is important to our health, both mental and physical.  

What better way, what better time than right now, during these days of worry and stress, to do a bit of bird watching?  Could this activity not be an antidote to some of our fears?

The following quote is from New York state’s Department of Environmental Conservation:

‘During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature is a way to help maintain our mental and physical health.

Scientific studies show that time outside in nature, especially among trees, significantly reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, energy, and sleep, and boosts the immune system.’

This does not mean we are suggesting a pre-Coronavirus bird walk!  Those walks…always with much hugging, hand shaking and good fellowship…must be suspended for the time being.  BUT THEY WILL BE BACK! Oh yes, they will be back. For now we must keep some distance from each other. Let’s flatten that curve and keep this thing in check.

When the viral world is back to normal, we will announce the resumption of our hugging, hand shaking, good fellowship, constantly talking to each other when you should be watching birds…San Vito Bird Club Bird Walks!  Could be as early as in the next month or two.

So until that time, get out there and do some walking and birding; just you or just you and your loved ones/special ones.  

Where to go?

First of all, the best place to go birding is…where you are.  In Coto Brus there simply are no bad places to go birding. Hell, there are Gray-breasted Martins and House Sparrows at the Rio Java gas station.  So explore your own territory. You’ll be surprised what you’ll see and hear.

The second best place to go birding is…where you AREN’T.  Here are three superb and fairly unfrequented birding spots around San Vito.

  1. The Old Road/Magic Road: This spot has become increasingly popular with birders and may soon become a ‘destination site’.  It’s open and can be dusty but you should see many bird species on both sides of the road. Be sure to listen as well as watch.  Now is a great time to learn some of our local bird songs. This road is between the closed brown gate (closest to San Vito) of El Tangaral and the perfectly maintained light blue house.  Bring plenty of water and good shoes (a bit up-and-downy).
  2. The Sansonetti Road: We all know the cut-in-half car advertising La Chiminea, right?  It’s just past Finca Cantaros. That road goes up over the hill and comes out by the San Vito International Airport.  Check out the many flowering Inga trees along the road; they have white ‘floofy’ flowers. ‘Floofy’ is an Alison word.
  3. The Tres Rios Road: On the main road at the Neilly end of the San Vito Hospital is a mini-super.  Turn down that unpaved road and keep going down. When you come to a nice, shady, riverside spot…park your car and go birding.  Look for the white Vulture up on the hillside. Spend some time looking into the flowering Porro trees. See the Oropendola nests in one of them.

FYI: The best times to go birding are dawn and dusk.  We suggest the hours of 6am to 9:30am or 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

So for now, get out there!  And stay healthy, both menatlly and physically.

Contact Greg Homer with your birding question/concerns:

(photo courtesy of Helen LeVasseur)

Can You Identify Birds from Just a Silhouette?

In a perfect world every bird would pose on a bare branch in the full sun. That bare branch would always be real close to you and to your camera. That bird would slowly turn, showing off all aspects of its plumage and design, always while in full sun. That bird on the bare branch would patiently remain on that branch while you called over all twelve of your birding chums. As all of your loudly talking birding chums fumbled up their binoculars, scopes and cameras that bird would continue to pose.

Ah, but that is not our world.

In our birding world, the scenario described above has a rare-to-never occurrence rate. Birds are often secretive and private. Branches, leaves and the sun seem to almost have a perverse sense of humor when it comes to birding. Ergo, we must be prepared to meet these challenges head on and to identify birds under imperfect conditions. One of those imperfect conditions? Bad lighting. I refer to bird watching when the lighting is either so bright or so low that all you can see is a SILHOUETTE image.

Many bird guides, such as Cornell University’s Merlin Bird ID, offer silhouette images of the major categories of birds. Study these bird silhouettes.

San Vito Bird Club member Tom Wilkinson recently sent me a wonderful photo (see below). It is not actually a silhouette but a shadow! See if you can identify what group this bird belongs to and maybe even what species it is. Take a moment if necessary; and then scroll down to see a photo of the actual bird.

Here is the actual bird; living up in the roof of Tom’s house!

A Tropical Screech Owl! Listen to the Tropical Screech Owl by clicking the link below. The call is quite common at night. Click the green Listen button in the lower right of the screen to hear it.

Perhaps you have some silhouette or shadowy photos of birds? Send them to me and we’ll get them posted on this website and maybe have some fun.

And one other thing. At the start of this article I mentioned ‘…in a perfect world…’. Upon reflection, the world we live in is already a perfect world, even with its many flaws and frustrations.

Send your silhouette photos to:


Bird Feeder Contest Winners! 2020

Congratulations to the following San Vito Bird Club members; winners of our Bird Feeder Contest-2020.

Category #1: Most bird species at a single location feeder—Charles and Sara Beeson-Jones (see below)! The Beeson-Joneses lured 30 different species of birds to their feeder (located at Michael and Alison Olivieri’s rental house).

(photos courtesy of Helen LeVasseur)

Category #2: Best Bird Feeder Photo

The great Julie Gerard-Woolley won with this wonderful multi-Tanager feeder photo.

Category #3: Best Feeder Photo of an Unusual Bird Species—Jo Davidson with this spectacular photo of a Red-legged Honeycreeper on a papaya.

Many thanks to all who participated.