A Moment from Al Zucha

My pleasure to meet SVBC members as I am a recent International Member with plans to migrate to San Vito in Spring 2023 with a month-long visit in Aug/Sep 2022. While I’ve been birding for decades, I remain a novice. Since I live on the Houston Ship Channel, shorebirds are a constant. However I looked at the migration patterns and see that Red-winged Blackbirds’ range is to Panama.

Each morning the pup and I watch the chest-bumping patches of red signal dominance for the feeder. One chirps from a nearby shrub and then swoops in — wings back, chest out — and creates space and dominance — if not but for a seed or two. As seed protection, feeder sensitivity is set to to allow two Red-wings at once (finches up to four). Each grabs a seed, hops to the left, cracks seed, dumps hull, and enjoys the effort. “Conk-la-ree!”

Red-wings are ubiquitous on Texas coastal plains. Some flocks register in the tens of thousands. Red-wings were the first wild bird I learned to identify. Maybe that’s why red, black and yellow remain my favorite colors.

Photo by Greg Lasley/VIREO

Tiny Moments

Small bits, brief memories, filling our lives with joy — we all have these! Let us share them, from us to you and you back to us.

We’ll start: every day I walk my small dog and need a sturdy bamboo stick for balance (plus sunglasses, phone and keys). By the time binoculars and, worse, a camera are added it becomes completely unmanageable so the equipment is left at home.

I hear birds all around and see movement everywhere but am forced to concentrate on my steps to stay upright so it can become a vexation.

But suddenly the little dog will stop and spend minutes inspecting one or two blades of grass during which I can look around and this is when the Tiny Moment might happen.

The other day, two Yellow-bellied Elaenias popped onto a nearby wire fence and began to dance, each showing the other both their sides with fully poofed-up crests.

They make a noisy, vomitous call and thus are more often heard than seen. Needless to say this was new, thrilling and an out-of-myself moment — we all live for these!

Please send us one of yours (with photos if you’d like) to me: alison.w.olivieri@gmail.com or Greg Homer: eltangaral@gmail.com.

From The Birds of Panama, a Robert Dean illustration.

Bird Walk this Sunday at the Wilson Botanical Gardens / Caminata para ver aves el próximo domingo al jardín botánico Wilson

Please join us this Sunday at 7 AM at the Wilson Botanical Gardens for a bird walk. The upside of the rainy weather is that everything is now incredibly lush and green and the gardens will be spectacular. Pretty much all of the migrants are gone now, or should be, even the last, stubborn Swainson’s Thrushes, but there are lots of residents to enjoy still. A small and large breakfast will be available after the walk for $5 and $8 respectively. Please fill out THIS form if you are planning to have breakfast. I hope to see you there!

Por favor júntese con nosotros el próximo domingo 8 de mayo al jardín botánico Wilson para una caminata para ver aves. Un aspecto provechoso de la lluvia es que ahorita todo luce muy verde y resplendente en el jardín. Casi todos los migrantes ya se fueron, incluso los últimos Swainson’s Thrushes muy jupones, pero hay muchos residentes para disfrutar aún. Habrá un desayuno pequeño o grande disponible después de la caminata para $5 o $8 respectivamente. Por favor llene ESTE formulario si quisiera un desayuno. ¡Ojalá que nos vemos entonces!

A Donation for Transportation

We are the recent lucky recipients of a sizeable gift from Nancy Nelson and Dan Fender, earmarked to pay for transporting the Detectives de Aves teachers who are spreading out all over Coto Brus. From Chánguena to Mellizas, from Agua Buena to La Casona, this talented and dedicated group is on the move and it is expensive!

Nancy and Dan have been volunteers, members and supporters of the SVBC since our mist netting project that ran from 2003-2013 and the Detectives de Aves program from then until now. That is what? About 20 years of generous help? So, when they asked how they could help this year we said, “Please buy us a car!”

No, we didn’t really say that — but we did plead for money to provide gas and expense reimbursement for one teacher who has a car and funds to help the others with bus fares, ride sharing and occasional taxis.

Here’s where you come in: could you match some of these funds? Nancy and Dan donated $1,000+. Two anonymous donors have stepped in with $100 apiece so now we have $1,300+ tucked safely into the budget. If we could leverage Nancy and Dan’s gift to $2,000 we would have no transport worries for some time to come.

Nancy and Dan, SVBC Transport Heroes!

Bird Walk This Sunday! / ¡Caminata para ver aves este domingo!

Please join us for a relaxing bird walk this Sunday at 7:30 AM at the Magic Road. (see map below). Many of the migrants have already left, both avian and human, but there are still a lot of local species to enjoy! Binoculars will be available as always!

Por favor júntase a nosotros para una caminata para ver aves muy tranquila este domingo a las 7:30 a la calle Mágica. (Vea el mapa por arriba). Muchos de los migrantes ya se fueron — aves y humanos — pero hay muchas especies locales para disfrutar. Habrá binoculares disponibles como siempre.

Breakfast after the Bird Walk! / ¡El desayuno después de la caminata!

Breakfast will be available after the Bird Walk on Sunday. As usual, it is $5 for the Small Breakfast and $8 for the large. Please fill out THIS form ASAP if you intend to have breakfast. I’m sorry for the short notice, but moving house has out me out of sorts 🙂

El desayuno estará disponible después de la caminata este domingo. Como siempre, el desayuno pequeño cuesta $5 y el grande $8. Por favor llene ESTE formulario cuanto antes si ocupe desayuno. Lo siento por la poca noticia, pero cambiar la casa me ha enredado 🙂

Annual Meeting 2022! / ¡La asamblea anual 2022!

As I’m sure most of you already know, our first annual meeting in two years is this Sunday at the Wilson Botanical Garden. We start at 7 AM with a Bird Walk and the meeting starts at 8 AM. There will be coffee, fruit, muffins during the meeting and a brunch afterwards, all for $15 or 9.750 colones. I will attach the full agenda at the bottom of this post. Please come! It will be fun! If you do plan to come, please fill out THIS form to let us and the Garden know. Thanks!

Estoy seguro que ustedes ya sepan que nuestra primera asamblea anual por 2 años será el próximo domingo al jardín botánico Wilson. Empezamos con una caminata para ver aves a las 7 y la reunión empiece a las 8. Habrá café, fruta, pan de arándano durante la reunión y un brunch después para $15 o 9.750 colones. La agenda completa parece abajo. ¡Venga, por favor! ¡Será muy divertido, ojalá! Si intenta venir, por favor llene ESTE formulario para avisar a nosotros y al jardín Botánico. ¡Gracias!

The Annual Meeting is One Week from Today! / ¡La asamblea anual es hoy en 8 días!

Our first annual meeting in over two years is next Sunday. It’ll be our first chance to get together and share what has been happening over this very strange period we’ve all been going through and, hopefully, take one more step towards normality by sharing our mutual love of birds and for the most beautiful cantón de Coto Brus.

We will meet at the reception in the Wilson Botanical Gardens for an optional bird walk at 7 AM, and the meeting proper will will start at 8 AM next to the reception. Those who have items for the silent auction can set them up around the meeting room starting at 7:30 AM. Membership dues for 2022 can be paid at the door and are as follows. Family memberships include 2 adults and their minor children:

  • $20 or 13.000 colones for an individual, non-resident.
  • $25 or 16.000 colones for an individual who lives in Costa Rica
  • $40 or 26.000 colones for a non-resident Family
  • $50 or 32.000 colones for a Family that lives in Costa Rica

There will be coffee, fruit and blueberry muffins available during the meeting, and a delicious brunch afterwards, all for $15. Please fill out THIS form to let us know you’re coming. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID epidemic, masks will be required in all indoor areas and a distance of 1.8 meters between individuals/burbujas so we can all stay safe.

La primera asamblea anual del Club de Aves de San Vito en más de 2 años será el próximo domingo. Durante estos años tan raros y abrumadores no hemos tenido la oportunidad para juntarnos todos par compartir nuestro amor mutuo para las aves y el cantón más bonito de Coto Brus, pero hoy en 8 podemos hacer un paso más en adelante hasta la normalidad.

Reuniremos a la recepción al jardín botánico Wilson a las 7 para una caminata opcional. La reunión empezará a las 8 a la par de la recepción. Las personas que tienen cosas para la subasta silenciosa podrían meterlas en el salón de reuniones a las 7:30. Las cuotas para la membresía 2022 se pueden pagar a la entrada y son las siguientes. Una familia incluye dos adultos y los menores de edad:

  • $20 or 13.000 colones por un individual, non-residente.
  • $25 or 16.000 colones por un individual que vive en Costa Rica
  • $40 or 26.000 colones por una familia non-residente.
  • $50 or 32.000 colones por una familia que vive en Costa Rica

Habrá café, fruta y pan de arándeno (Blueberry Muffins) disponibles durante la reunión, y un “brunch” muy rico en el comedero después — todo por $15. Por favor llene ESTE formulario para avisarnos sobre su asistencia. Debido al COVID es un requisito llevar la mascarilla bien puesta en todos los espacios interiores y mantener una distancia de 1,8 metros entre personas/burbujas para que todos puedan mantenerse seguros.

Please Come to the Annual Meeting on February 27th! / ¡Por favor venga a la asemblea anual el 27 de febrero!

We will be holding our first annual meeting for the San Vito Bird Club in over 2 years at the Wilson Botanical Gardens on Sunday, February the 27th. There will be a bird walk starting at 7 AM, and the meeting will start at 8 AM. We will meet for both at the recepción. The annual meeting is open to MEMBERS ONLY. You can pay your 2022 dues at the door, of course. Coffee, fruit and treats will be available starting at 8 AM, and there will be a delicious brunch in the dinning room at around 10:30. The cost for the food and beverages is $15 per person. We will be having a silent auction of arts and crafts made by members again this year. 20% of the proceeds go to the Club. Please save this date in you calendar! I will be posting more information about the meeting in the days a head. It has been SO long since we’ve been able to get together, and there is a lot of really good news to share!

Please fill out THIS form to let us know if you’re coming so we can make sure to have enough food and etcetera for everyone!

Tendremos la primera Asamblea Anual del Club de aves de San Vito por más de 2 años al jardín botánico Wilson el domingo 27 de febrero. Habrá una caminata para ver aves a las 7, y la reunión en sí empecerá a las 8. Reuniremos a la recepción para los dos eventos. La asamblea anual está abierta a la membresía del Club únicamente. Las cuotas pueden pagarse a la entrada por supuesto. Habrá café, fruta y pan disponible desde las 8 y un “brunch” también en el comedero a las 10:30 aproximadamente. El precio del todo es $15. Otra vez tendremos una subasta silenciosa de arte y artesanías producto del los miembros. 20% de las ganancias están para apoyar el Club. Por favor ponga la fecha en su calendario. ¡No nos podemos ver por tanto rato y hay muchas buenas noticias para compartir!

¡Por favor llene ESTE formulario para avisarnos si intenta venir para que podemos tener todo listo para ustedes!