Jo Davidson, Terri Peterson and Alison Olivieri all correctly identified our June 7th Quiz Bird as the…
Well done. And Ms. Peterson also chipped in with a very good point; not too long ago the Wrenthrush had a MUCH prettier name–the Zeledonia. So look for the beautiful Wrenthrush next time you’re up in the higher altitudes.
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Unlike most of our Quiz Bird photos, this photo is perfectly composed, lighted and framed. You can clearly see every aspect of this Quiz Bird!
However, to see this bird you must leave San Vito and go up, up, up into higher altitudes. Look around stands of bamboo, fairly close to the ground and you may spot the beautiful…???
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(photo courtesy of John Missing, forwarded from Gail Hull)
This was a difficult Quiz Bird. We did have one correct guess on Facebook from the great and powerful Gabriel Calvo, who correctly identified the…NORTHERN SCHIFFORNIS.
I often refer the Northern Schiffornis as a ‘birder’s bird’, due its rather monotonous plumage, sluggish behavior and secretive lifestyle. The Northern Schiffornis definitely does not fall into the ‘charismatic’ category. But it has a jolly good song! Click in the ‘Listen’ button in the lower right of the screen (below).
Plus, no one (not even those wacky taxonomists) has ever really known what to call it. Not long ago it was known as the Thrushlike Schiffornis and before that it was thought to be some sort of Manakin
Is it a Flycatcher? Is it a Becard? Is it a Manakin? Is it a Thrush? Nope. It is our one-and-only Northern Schiffornis.
(photo courtesy of Randall Jimenez)
Oh man, I do love this bird.
If you are able to correctly identify this species (without any hints from me), you have mad birding skills!
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(photo courtesy of Randall Jimenez)
Congratulations to Leticia Andino for correctly identifying our Quiz Bird for May 2019; the INCA DOVE.
About the same size and of similar behavior as our extremely common Ruddy Ground Dove, the Inca Dove is a regular resident in the dry country of Guanacaste.
Well done Lety!
This month’s quiz bird isn’t seen in San Vito. It has been spotted down the hill around Coto 47. Could this bird be another species that is expanding its range? I hope so!
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(photo courtesy of Alison Olivieri)
(Last quiz bird photo, Cooper’s Hawk, courtesy of Gail Hull)
Congratulations to the great and powerful Randall Jimenez for submitting the first correct answer to our April 2019 Quiz Bird.
Randall (from the Pajareros del Sur) correctly identified the Cooper’s Hawk. This medium-sized Accipiter hawk is occasionally seen in San Vito during its migration north.
We also had guesses of Sharp-shinned Hawk. The ‘Sharpie’, though slightly smaller than the Cooper’s, looks very, very similar. The most significant difference between the two species is the rounded tail of the Cooper’s Hawk; the Sharp-shinned has a squared off distal end of the long tail. (see below)
Again, please join me in congratulating Randall Jimenez.
(Cooper’s Hawk tail on L–Sharp-shinned tail on R)
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Felicidades a Randall Jimenez for correctly identifying the Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner! An uncommon to rare resident of the Cordillera de Talamanca on the Pacific slope, this individual was photographed on the road to Las Tablas in March 2019.
An educated guess says this hole on the roadside embankment is probably the bird’s nest entrance. Note it is an oval shape, wider than it is tall, typical of the members of this group that nest in burrows, like the more commonly seen Chiriqui Foliage-gleaner and our special resident of San Vito, the Ruddy Foliage-gleaner.
Special thanks to Ellen Beckett, Jean-Phillipe Thelliez, Tom Wilkinson, Roni Chernin, Nancy Nelson, Dorothy MacKinnon and Sara Clark for playing along with us!
Photo taken at Las Tablas, March of 2019.
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(photo courtesy of Alison W. Olivieri)