Masked Ducks at Finca Cantaros!

A pair of Masked Ducks, Nomonyx dominicus, was seen Saturday, April 25 at Finca Cantaros, by an intrepid group from the SVBC including Roni Chernin, Jo Davidson, Peter Wendell, Nick and Mary from Colorado, and Gail Hull. These birds are often described as “secretive” and “uncommon” and can be difficult to find SO: here’s your chance!

Male Masked Duck in breeding plumage! Photo by Gail Hull (2014).

Male Masked Duck in breeding plumage! Photo by Gail Hull (2014).

!Quiz Bird #4 Revealed/La Respuesta del Prueba No. 4!

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Our Mystery Bird from last week’s Quiz #4 was correctly identified by Member Liz Allen of Concepcion as a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (photo by Jo Davidson).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (photo by Jo Davidson).

Congratulations to Lety Andino of San Vito; Sandie Guthans of Baton Rouge, LA, and Dave Janas of Las Cruces who also correctly identified Quiz Bird #4 but sent their answers a little too late!

Thank you to Member Jo Davidson for her photo of this Rose-breasted Grosbeak that is either an immature male or an immature or adult female. See photo below for an adult male!

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Felicidades a miembre Liz Allen of Concepcion: su respuesta estaba correcto: Rose-breasted Grosbeak!

Tuvimos tres respuestas mas este vez de Lety Andino de San Vito; Sandie Guthans de Baton Rouge, LA, y Dave Janas de Las Cruces — todos correctos, pero un poquito demasiado tarde!

Gracias a nuestra miembre Jo Davidson para su foto arriba de un pheucticus ludovicianus; esta un macho joven o posible una hembra joven o adulto. Abajo: un guapo macho adulto!

Photo of a beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak from Wikipedia.

Photo of a beautiful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak from Wikipedia.

!Quiz Bird #4/Acertijo Aviario # 4!

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Time to pull out your bird book and name the species for Quiz Bird #4!

Mystery Bird #4 (photo by Jo Davidson).

Mystery Bird #4 (photo by Jo Davidson)

Location Clue #1: this photo was taken at Finca Las Nubes in Linda Vista by Jo Davidson

Time of Year Clue #2: January

Philosophy Clue #3: Things are not always as they seem

Send your answer quickly to: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com. For correctly identifying this Mystery Bird, the prize will be chocolate cake for residents or, if we have an international winner, a Tico lanyard!

Please Note: if your initials are JG, JZ, JD, JR, GH or FS you are disqualified

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¡Es momento de sacar su guía de campo de aves para nombrar la especie del Acertijo Aviario # 4!

Ubicación, Pista #1: Esta fotografía fue tomada en Finca Las Nubes, en Linda Vista, por Jo Davidson.

Mes del año, Pista #2: Enero

Filosofía, Pista #3: Las cosas no siempre son lo que parecen.

Envíe su respuesta rápido a: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com. Por identificar correctamente esta Ave Misteriosa, el premio será un pastel de chocolate, para los residentes, ¡O un collar para gafete Tico si tenemos un ganador internacional!

 Nota: Si sus iniciales son JG, JZ, JD, JR, GH o FS, usted está descalificado.

Quiz Bird #3 Revealed/La Respuesta del Prueba!

The winner of Bird Quiz #3 is TERESA BUENO of Atenas, CR, who is fast on her feet, quick with her fingers and good at telling a tale! Congratulations, Teresa! We will find a way to send your binocular cleaning cloth to Quepos, if we have to deliver it ourselves: hmmm, that’s a thought.

The answer is Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia. We had a total of five correct answers, of which Teresa’s was the first received, and one wrong response.

Spotted Sandpiper from Wikepedia.

Spotted Sandpiper from Wikipedia.

Mind you, this was an easy one. We could have tricked you with a photo of this species in non-breeding plumage like the one accompanying this post.

Thank you to all participants!

La respuesta es Spotted Sandpiper, Actitus macularia. Tuvimos seis respuestas este vez, solo uno era incorrecto!

Felicidades a TERESA BUENO de Alajuela de Atenas, Cosa Rica! Su respuesta estaba la primera recibido! Gracias a todos los participantes!

Quiz Bird #3/Examen de aves #3!

This will be a race to see who responds first because this one is easy!

Mystery Bird Photo by Gail Hull

Mystery Bird Photo by Gail Hull

The Two Clues

Location: Finca Cantaros

Time of year: October

This time the prize will be a lens cleaning cloth that you can attach to your binoculars, courtesy of The Audubon Shop in Madison, CT.

Good luck everybody: the clock is ticking!

Please send your answer to: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com and if your initials are GH, JF, JG, JZ or FS, you are not eligible for this one!

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¡Esta será una carrera para ver quien responde primero porque esta es fácil!

 Las Dos Pistas

La ubicación: Finca Cántaros

El momento del año: el mes octubre

Esta vez el premio será un pañito para limpiar lentes que puede sujetar a sus binoculares, cortesía de The Audobon Shop en Madison, CT.

Por favor envíe su respuesta a: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com

Suerte a todo el mundo: ¡El reloj está corriendo!

Ernie Vogt 1942-2015

The Man Who Loved and Planted Trees

The SVBC Annual Meeting 2015 was dedicated to Member Ernie Vogt who never failed to encourage and generously support the Club’s activities during his and Lydia’s time here with us in San Vito.

ERNIE VOGT 1942-2015

ERNIE VOGT 1942-2015

While the rest of us were walking around, peering through our binoculars, oohing and aahing: “Oh, it’s a White-throated Spadebill” and “Ooooo, look, a Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant”, Ernie was busy planting trees. We understand, after talking with Lydia about this on several occasions, that Ernie was always fascinated by trees. Many of you know they had an avocado orchard in California. Many of you also know that Ernie started planting trees the year they arrived – 2009 – and that year managed to put 500 new trees into the forest at Finca Sofia. Eventually, the number of trees he planted grew to 2,000.

Ernie appreciated birds and even got excited about them. But Ernie knew that birds need trees – and he knew they’re not alone. We all need trees: insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and even rain forest fish need trees to survive. So, please raise your coffee cups to Ernie who understood the Big Picture in a way many of us do not. And let’s all plant trees this year and think of Ernie.

Lydia and Ernie birding at the Wilson Botanical Garden (photo by Alison Olivieri).

Lydia and Ernie birding at the Wilson Botanical Garden (photo by Alison Olivieri).

Jungle Pools and Rushing Water/Piscinas en la Selva y Agua Corriendo

Thermal pool soakers (photo by Julie Girard).

Thermal pool soakers (photo by Julie Girard).

The recent day trip with Desafios Tour to Aguas Calientes and Finca La Libertad was a “birdy” and watery wonderful time! Everyone succumbed to the beauty of the two main thermal pools, secluded in the forest next to the fast-moving water of the Rio Coto. Members enjoyed the morning soaking in the warm water, hiking further into the woods to find a third pool, photographing local flora and fauna and just sitting on the huge rocks, chatting and enjoying the scenic backdrop.

Our very first bird was an obligingly perched Purple Crowned Fairy, seen well and by everybody. Other avian highlights included a likewise perched Double-toothed Kite and a sweep of ‘pecho amarillos’: Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Gray-capped Flycatcher and Tropical Kingbird.

Purple-crowned Fairy (photo by Jeff Worman).

Purple-crowned Fairy (photo by Jeff Worman).

 

Our leader from Desafios, Henry Barrantes, then led us to his family’s huge farm, Finca La Libertad, where we had a delicious lunch cooked by his wife, Francini, and served by his daughter Valeria who also accompanied us on our previous Desafios Tour at Los Chocuacos.

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¡El reciente tour de un día con Desafíos Tour a Aguas Calientes y a la Finca La Libertad fue un “aviario” y acuoso momento increíble! Todo el mundo sucumbió a la belleza de las dos piscinas termales principales, aisladas en el bosque junto a la rápida corriente del Río Coto. Los miembros disfrutaron la mañana empapándose en el agua cálida, adentrándose en el bosque en busca de una tercera piscina, tomando fotografías de la flora y fauna locales y sentándose en las enormes rocas para hablar y observar el escénico ambiente.

Balancing act (photo by Julie Girard).

Balancing act (photo by Julie Girard).

Nuestro primer pájaro fue un colibrí picopunzón amablemente posado y visto fácilmente por todo el mundo. Otras aves destacables incluyeron un gavilán bidentado posado de la misma forma y  variedad de “pecho amarillos”: benteveo, mosquerón picudo, benteveo mediano, bienteveo cabecigrís y el benteveo real.

Nuestro líder de Desafíos, Henry Barrantes, nos guio luego a la enorme granja de su familia, Finca La Libertad, donde compartimos un delicioso almuerzo hecho por su esposa, Francini, y servido por su hija Valeria, quien nos acompañó también en nuestro tour con Desafíos a Los Chocuacos.

 

 

Annual Meeting 2015 on Saturday, Feb. 21/¡Reunión Anual 2015 el 21 de febrero!

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Please join us at this year’s Annual Meeting, Saturday, Feb. 21. We will begin the day with a Bird Walk at the Wilson Botanical Garden, starting at 7:30 am at the Reception Building – please note this is not our usual meeting place! The walk will be led by our Special Guest Robert Dean, illustrator of The Birds of Costa Rica.

New, revised edition of The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean

New, revised edition of The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean

At 10:30 am, we will adjourn to Cascata del Bosco for brunch followed by the general meeting. This year we will dedicate our gathering to Ernie Vogt. The agenda will include reports by Treasurer Fred Schroeder, ‘Detectives de Pajaros’ Head Teacher Roni Chernin and Communications Committee Chair Harry Hull, a vote to approve 2015 slate of officers, a special surprise event, and a chat and book signing with Robert focusing on his inspiration to illustrate this invaluable field guide, artistic methods and more. Note the meeting is for members only so if you would like to attend but have not as yet paid your annual dues for 2015 — Resident Members $20 or C10,000; International Members $15 or C7,500 — please bring them!

Brunch will cost C5,000 (or $10) per person and will include fresh fruit, fancy eggs, hash browned potatoes, juice, tea, coffee and dessert.

We need a final count for Cascatas by the morning of Friday, Feb. 20, so PLEASE send an email to: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com or click here to let us know you will attend!

¡Reunión Anual 2015 el 21 de febrero!

Por favor acompáñenos en la próxima Reunión Anual el sábado 21 de febrero. Comenzaremos el día con una caminata para ver pájaros en el Jardín Botánico Wilson, saliendo a las 7:30 am en el Edificio de la Recepción – ¡Por favor note que este no es nuestro punto de reunión usual! La caminata será guiada por nuestro Invitado Especial, Robert Dean, ilustrador de The Birds of Costa Rica.

A las 10:03 am, nos retiraremos a Cascata del Bosco para un desayuno tardío seguido de la reunión general que será dedicada a Ernie Vogt este año. La agenda incluirá reportes del Tesorero Fred Schroeder, La Profesora Principal de “Detectives de Pájaros”; Roni Chernin y el Presidente del Comité de Comunicaciones; Harry Hull, una votación para aprobar la nómina de oficiales para el 2015, un evento sorpresa especial y firma de libros y charla con Robert enfocada en su inspiración para ilustrar esta invaluable guía de cambio, métodos artísticos y demás.

Este evento es solamente para miembros así que, si no ha pagado sus cuotas para 2015 pero le gustaría asistir, por favor esté preparado para pagar en la reunión (C10,000 miembros residentes).

El almuerzo tardío costará C5,000 (o $10) por persona e incluirá fruta fresca, huevos elegantes, picadillo de papas doradas, jugo, té, café y postre.

Necesitamos un número final de participantes para Cascatas para la mañana del viernes 20 de febrero, ¡Así que POR FAVOR envíe un correo electrónico a: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com o haga clic aquí para dejarnos saber que va a asistir!

 

A Fine Foray to Los Chocuacos!/Una Buena Incursión a Los Chocuacos!

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Boat-billed Heron, un chocuaco (photo by Jeff Worman).

Boat-billed Heron, un chocuaco (photo by Jeff Worman).

Desafios Tour, a local company offering interesting tours in and around San Vito, helped us plan a great day trip to the Boat-billed Heron colony near Paso Real on Friday, January 23, 2015. We had two guides from Desafios, owner-operator Henry Barrantes and his assistant Justyn Rodriguez, who arranged trip details and helped our 14-member group see Red-eared Slider turtles, a Forest Giant dragonfly, Least Grebes, Purple Gallinules, Neotropical Cormorants, one Northern Jacana, Green Herons, Boat-billed Herons by the tree-full and the (surprise!) Bird of the Day: Sungrebe, found by Greg Homer!

SUNGREBE! (Photo by Jeff Worman)

SUNGREBE! (Photo by Jeff Worman)

Other notable “landlubber” birds included Olivaceous Piculet, Plain Xenops, molting Summer Tanager, duetting Riverside Wrens, and Steaked Flycatcher.

We have not visited Los Chocuacos in several years and the owner, Miguel Antonio Lopes, has made some improvements including a covered dock extending out onto the lake where we were able to set up our scope to get additional views of the Sungrebe. The two swimming pools were a nice attraction for some as was lunch: a fresh tilapia casado with patacones, rice, salad and a big shot of Rompopo for dessert.

P.S. Wally Barton gets a free beer next time for correctly answering an Avian Pop Quiz: what family of birds has the most feathers? Yes, penguins!

SVBC at Los Chocuacos (photo by Henry Barrantes).

SVBC at Los Chocuacos (photo by Henry Barrantes).

Participants: from left to right Jo Davidson, Terry Farling, Wendy Russell Bernstein, Julie Girard, Alison Olivieri, Wally Barton, Barbara Keeler Barton, kneeling Greg Homer, Helen LeVasseur, Portia Wilkinson, Roni Chernin, Denise Worman, Jeff Worman and Pat Morgan.

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Desafíos Tour, una compañía local que ofrece tours interesantes en y alrededor de San Vito, nos ayudó a planear un grandioso viaje de un día a la colonia de garzas pico de bota cercana a Paso Real viernes, 23 enero 2015. Tuvimos dos guías de Desafíos, el dueño-operador Henry Barrantes y su asistente Justyn Rodriguez, quienes arreglaron los detalles del viaje y ayudaron a nuestro grupo de 14 miembros a ver tortugas de orejas rojas, una libélula gigante de bosque, zampullines macacitos, cormoranes neotropicales, una jacana del norte, garcitas verdosas, arzas pico de bota y (¡Sorpresa!) el Pájaro del Día: ¡El avesol americano, encontrado por Greg Homer!

Neotropical Cormorant (photo by Henry Barrantes).

Neotropical Cormorant (photo by Henry Barrantes).

Otros pájaros terrestres destacables incluyeron al carpinterito olivo, el picolezna menudo, una tangara veranera mudando, un dueto de soterreyes pechibarreteados y el bienteveo rayado.

No habíamos visitado Los Chocuacos en varios años y el dueño, Miguel Antonio Lopes, ha hecho unas lindas mejoras incluyendo un muelle cubierto que se extiende hacia dentro del lago donde pudimos establecer nuestro campo de visión con el fin de tener vistas adicionales del avesol americano. Las dos piscinas fueron un gran atractivo para algunos, al igual que el almuerzo: un casado de tilapia fresca con patacones, arroz, ensalada y un gran vaso de Rompope para el postre.

P.D. Wally Barton obtiene una cerveza gratis la próxima vez por responder correctamente el Examen sorpresa aviario: ¿Cuál familia de pájaros tiene la mayor cantidad de plumas? ¡Sí, los pingüinos!

A beautiful, birdy site -- Los Chocuacos is near Paso Real (photo by Henry Barrantes).

A beautiful, birdy site — Los Chocuacos is near Paso Real (photo by Henry Barrantes).

Participantes: Barb y Wally Barton, Roni Chernin, Jo Davidson, Terry Farling, Julie Girard, Helen y Greg Homer, Pat Morgan, Alison Olivieri, Wendy Russell Bernstein, Portia Wilkinson, Denise y Jeff Worman.

2nd Annual Big Birdfeeder Competition/2ª Gran Competencia Anual de Comederos de Pájaros!

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This year’s Big Birdfeeder Competition will run from January 14 through February 14 – one month to watch your feeder and make a list of all the species you see landing there or foraging underneath.

“Bird feeder” is defined by fruit (or other appropriate bird food) placed in the same spot for the duration of the contest. The odd hummingbird (or other non-feeding species) that lands on the feeder can be counted as can any bird that actively feeds on dropped scraps underneath but you may NOT count a bird randomly hopping under the feeder with no active feeding behavior.

Fiery-billed Aracari, first class feeder bird. Photo by Terry Farling.

Fiery-billed Aracari, first class feeder bird. Photo by Terry Farling.

Member Pat Morgan won the First Competition last year with 25 species! Let’s see if you can beat her record in 2015!

Please submit your list by February 19 to sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com – the winner will be announced (and prizes handed out) at the 2015 Annual Meeting on February 21.

READY? SET? GO!

Este año la Gran Competencia de Comederos de Pájaros será desde el 14 de enero hasta el 14 de febrero – un mes para observar su comedero y hacer una lista de todas las especies que vea posándose o buscando alimento en él.

Un “Comedero de Pájaros” comprende fruta (u otro alimento apropiado para pájaros) colocado en el mismo lugar durante todo el concurso. El extraño colibrí que se pose en el comedero (o otro especies solo visitando) puede ser contado como cualquier otro pájaro que se alimenta activamente de los residuos caídos del comedero pero no puede contarse un pájaro que brinca de forma espontánea bajo el alimentador sin mostrar comportamiento alguno de estarse alimentando activamente.

¡La miembro Pat Morgan ganó la Primera Competencia el año pasado con 25 especies! ¡Vamos a ver si usted puede batir su record en 2015!

Por favor envíe su lista antes del 19 de febrero a sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com – el ganador será anunciado (con premios) en la Reunión Anual 2015 el 21 de febrero.

¿EN SUS MARCAS? ¿LISTOS? ¡FUERA!