Bird Quiz Winner: Randall Jimenez!

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!

Pixilated Bird Photo ID #4.0: Winners! And Pixilated Bird Photo ID #5.0 (the last for a while)

The following sharp-eyed SVBC members correctly identified Pixilated Bird #4.0 as an Elegant Euphonia!  Well done.

Roni Chernin

Alison Olivieri

Bley Fernandez Vega

R. Ruvalo

Linda Threatte

And now here is Pixilated Bird Photo ID #5.0.  This will be our last one for a while.  Thanks to all who played along.

Send your answer to:


Pixilated Bird ID #2.0: Winners!

Here are the first five SVBC members to correctly identify Pixilated Bird 2.0 as a Resplendent Quetzal.

Kathy Bauer

Jo Davidson

Lety Andino

David Fielding

Tom Wilkinson

Well done all!  And bonus points to the great and powerful Kathy Bauer for figuring out, if you squint up your eyes when looking at the pixilated photo, it looks much clearer.

Next Pixilated Bird ID coming later this week.  And 3.0 will be more difficult, I promise.

Pixilated Bird ID: #2.0

Maybe Pixilated Bird ID #1 was just poorly executed.  Maybe this whole idea could be fun, fun, fun with a better photo!  We’ll start off with a pretty easy one.

Pixilated Bird ID #2.0.  Identify the bird shown below and send your answer to:

You won’t actually win anything but I will post the names of the first five SVBC members who correctly identify…this bird.

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Pixilated Idea?

I guess the Pixilated Bird ID may not have been such a good idea; or maybe my first effort just wasn’t a good effort.  Sorry.

Here are the pixilated version and the actual photo:



A King Vulture.

I’ll try one more tomorrow and if it is as bad, we’ll just move on.

A New Bird Quiz: Let’s Go ‘Urban Birding’!

Quiz Bird #1

City parks are often sites of great birding adventures. In New York, Central Park is a famous spot with more than 230 documented species. It is particularly ‘hot’ during spring and fall migrations and is the subject of a wonderful documentary called ‘The Central Park Effect’. Likewise, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is another birder’s dream and hosts 175 field trips per year for all birding skill levels. In Costa Rica, La Sabana Metropolitan Park has been reforested with native trees and now boasts about 200 species of birds.

Recently, in an enormous park in Mexico City – Parque Chapultepec  — we ventured out to bird one morning and took some amazingly not-great photos BUT they are good enough to make a new Quiz Bird post for you!

Quiz Bird #2 — just the families will win the game!

Just name the five families and the first person who figures them out correctly will win either 6 Currant Scones or a six-pack of Imperial, Costa Rica’s national beer (your choice). If you can name all five species, you’ll get an extra surprise. Send your answers to: If you live in San Vito, your prize will be delivered at our next Bird Walk on Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 a.m. at Las Cruces. If you live anywhere else, we’ll mail you a non-comestible prize.

Quiz bird #3

In Cornell University’s local environmental education program, Detectives de Aves or BirdSleuth-International, any of the students would ace this quiz. Lesson 7 features bird family silhouettes and these photos, although they appear to have been taken by our anti-photographer, are perfectly adequate for you to correctly identify these groups. All our Detectives de Aves students are eligible to win this contest but no beer for them; instead, a dozen homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. Attention Detectives: please include your name, school and grade level for proper eligibility.

Quiz Bird #5 — and it’s a gimme!

Quiz Bird #4