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: eltangaral@gmail.com. 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.

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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!

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Photo Fun from Annual Meeting 2016/Fotos Divertidas del Reunion Anual 2016

New Officers for 2016, elected February 13, 2016: President Greg Homer, Vice President Peter Wendell, Secretary Lydia Vogt and Treasurer Fred Schroeder. The following were named to serve by President Homer: Alison Olivieri, President Emeritus, and Harry Hull, Communications Chair. To view all the photos, just scroll on down:

Helen LeVasseur with her new Prez, photo by Jo Davidson

Helen LeVasseur with her new Prez, photo by Jo Davidson.

Peter Wendell, new Vice-Prez, photo by Jo Davidson

Peter Wendell, new Vice-Prez, photo by Jo Davidson.

Pablo Elizonda, Director of Costa Rican Bird Observatories. Photo by Gail Hull

Pablo Elizonda, Director of Costa Rican Bird Observatories. Photo by Gail Hull.

Liz Allen: photographer, author and designer of the new book Pura Mariposa, 88 Butterflies of Southern Costa Rica, photo by Jo Davidson.

Liz Allen: photographer, author and designer of the new book Pura Mariposa, 88 Butterflies of Southern Costa Rica, photo by Jo Davidson.

Communications Chairman Harry Hull, photo by Alison Olivieri.

Communications Chairman Harry Hull, photo by Alison Olivieri.

President Emeritus Alison Olivieri, photo by Harry Hull.

President Emeritus Alison Olivieri, photo by Harry Hull.

George Alcock, Greg Homer and Fred Schroeder, photo by Jean Schroeder.

George Alcock, Greg Homer and Fred Schroeder, photo by Jean Schroeder.

Secretary Lydia Vogt, hard at work, photo by Alison Olivieri.

Secretary Lydia Vogt, hard at work, photo by Alison Olivieri.

Photographer Jo Davidson and VP Peter Wendell, photo by Alison Olivieri.

Photographer Jo Davidson and VP Peter Wendell, photo by Alison Olivieri.

Quiz Bird #7 = Yellow Tyrannulet!/Mosquerito Amarillo!

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Photographed in Linda Vista by Jo Davidson, here is our Yellow Tyrannulet

Photographed in Linda Vista by Jo Davidson, here is our Yellow Tyrannulet.

Congratulations to Mike Judd of North Carolina for promptly and correctly identifying our Yellow Tyrannulet. He will receive an original Liz Allen design greeting card in person in March when he arrives in San Vito!

Thanks to everyone for submitting their guesses: we received four this time of which three were correct.

 

 

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Felicidades a Mike Judd de el estado North Caroline por identificar de forma pronta y correcta nuestro Mosquerito Amarillo. El recibirá una tarjeta original diseñada por la miembro Liz Allen cuando llegará a San Vito en marzo.

Muchas gracias a todos por enviar sus estimaciones: Recibimos cuatro en esta ocasión, tres de las cuales fueron correctas.

 

 

Quiz Bird #7/Acertijo Aviario #7

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Mystery Bird photo by Jo Davidson

Mystery Bird photo by Jo Davidson

What bird is this? A resident bird of some difficulty, found on both Caribbean and Pacific slopes. Members of a large family with 78 representatives here, these charmers are excitable, often vocalizing, and prefer brushy understory.

The prize will be an arresting butterfly greeting card — one of member Liz Allen’s original designs — so send your answer pronto to: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com.

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Cual ave es? Un ave residente con cierta dificultad, que se encuentra tanto en la costa Pacífica como Caribe. Parte de una gran familia, de 78 miembros acá, estos encantos son nerviosos, frecuentemente vocalizando, y prefieren el sotobosque cubierto de maleza.

El premio será una llamativa tarjeta — uno de los diseños originales de la miembro Liz Allen – así que envíe pronto su respuesta a: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com.

!Quiz Bird #5/Acertijo Aviario #5!

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This is a hard one, so get out your field guides!

Mystery Bird #5 (photo by Gail Hull)

Mystery Bird #5 (photo by Gail Hull)

Clue #1: This bird belongs to the most diverse (and some say most ‘difficult’) group in Costa Rica comprised of 78 species.

Clue #2: The photo was taken in April at the San Joaquin Wetlands just outside of San Vito on the road to Sabalito.

Clue #3: Our bird stays low in secondary growth and is often found near water.

The prize for this contest is a handy-dandy rain poncho – lightweight, compact and perfect to tuck into your pocket or birding pack — especially useful at this time of year.

Please note: if your initials are JD, JG, JR, JZ or LA you are not eligible for this game!

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Este es difícil, ¡Así que saquen sus guías de campo!

Pista #1: Esta ave pertenece al más diverso (y algunos dicen que al más “difícil”) grupo en Costa Rica compuesto por 78 especies.

Pista #2: La fotografía fue tomada en abril, en los humedales de San Joaquín, en las afueras de San Vito sobre la carretera a Sabalito.

Pista #3: Nuestra ave se mantiene en la parte baja del bosque secundario y se encuentra usualmente cerca de agua.

El premio para este concurso es un poncho conveniente para la lluvia – liviano, compacto y perfecto para meterlo en su bolsillo o mochila para pajarear (especialmente útil durante esta época del año).

Por favor tome en cuenta que: Si sus iniciales son JD, JG, JR, JZ o LA , ¡Usted no es elegible para este juego!

!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.

Pop Quiz #2: What Bird Is This?/Prueba numero 2: cual ave es?

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Everybody ready? Hints for Quiz Bird #2: it’s smaller than a robin/thrush; the photograph was taken in Linda Vista near a house with shrubs and small trees but no real garden; this bird sings a lovely song.

Quiz Bird #2: cual es?

Quiz Bird #2: cual es?

First person to correctly identify this bird wins the same prize offered last time: one dozen home-made Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Listo? Algunas pistas estan: mas pequeno de un yiguirro, foto de Linda Vista cerca una casa con arbustos y arbolitos pero falta jardin; este pajaro canta muy bien!

Lo mismo premio: 12 galletas de chocolate, hizo de mano!

 

SEND YOUR ANSWER to: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com or click here to contact us.

ENVIA SU CONTESTA a: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com o haga clic aqui para contactarnos.

 

 

Bird Report: Tropical Mockingbird

Mimus gilvus: Tropical Mockingbird.

Mimus gilvus: Tropical Mockingbird.

A Tropical Mockingbird, Mimus gilvus, has been spotted on the grounds of the Catholic church in downtown San Vito by Wally Barton. It is slightly larger than a thrush, predominantly gray on the back with white bars on blackish wings, white below, white patches in the wings and tail.

Historically this interesting species has had a discontinuous two-part range from Mexico to Honduras and then in northern South America, however, in the 1930s an introduced population was found in Panama. This might explain its occurrence here. The Birds of Costa Rica by Robert Dean and Richard Garrigues suggest this species is becoming established in Costa Rica where breeding pairs have been reliably found in Siquirres and Limon for many years. Reports of sightings have come from disparate locations like Bagaces, Arenal, San Isidro de General and Cartago and a breeding pair has been seen in La Union de Sabalito for the past five years. Closer to home, one or two of them have been visiting feeders near the San Vito Hospital and these (or this individual) may have taken up residence in the church yard.

They like open habitats with trees and shrubs so town parks and gardens are ideal. Readily visible, they often perch out in the open on telephone/electric lines or tops of bushes and trees.

Eating a small lizard!

Eating a small lizard!

Mockingbirds eat insects, small vertebrates and fruit. Their song is unmistakable: a long musical series of repeated phrases. Apparently, unlike Northern Mockingbirds, they do not mimic other species.

Pop Quiz: What Bird Is This?/Una prueba: cual ave es?

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OK — ready? First person to correctly identify this bird wins a prize: one dozen home-made Chocolate Chip Cookies! Ummmmm, I can smell them right now baking away in the oven.

Quiz Bird! Photo by Jo Davidson

Quiz Bird! Photo by Jo Davidson

Listo? Identificar este ave y gana 12 galletas de chocolate, hizo de mano! Ellas estan en el horno ahora — mmmmm, huelan rico!

SEND YOUR ANSWER to: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com or click here to contact us.

ENVIA SU CONTESTA a: sanvitobirdclub@gmail.com o haga clic aqui para contactarnos.

 

 

Activities and Events in 2012/Actividades y Eventos de 2012

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For the first time last May the Club supported a Teacher Training Workshop given by Jennifer Fee and Lilly Briggs from Cornell University covering an environmental education class called “BirdSleuth” in English and “Detectives de Parajos” in Spanish, developed by Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology Education Department. We worked in collaboration with Ariadna Sanchez, Naturalist and Environmental Educator at OTS Las Cruces/Wilson Botanical Garden, to produce this workshop which was filled to capacity with 27 participants. Lilly, a graduate student at Cornell, gave the training in Spanish. Interestingly, many of the trainees work in local schools and at least half of them had taken last year’s Naturalist Guide Course at Las Cruces. The support materials were available to participants in English and Spanish.

I am pleased to announce that we introduced this class into the Linda Vista School at the start of the 2013 school year in February for 4th-6th grade students, taught by our intrepid Wendy Schultz.

The Club led 12 Bird Walks at the Wilson Garden and one on a Sunday at Finca Cantaros that attracted more than 40 participants. Needless to say we were a little short on binoculars that morning!

We ran three mist netting sessions as part of our ongoing research project, El Proyecto Monitoreo des las Aves de San Vito, in January, March and December. Two members represented this project at a national Bird Banding Conference at InBio Parque in San Jose in April, sponsored by Partners in Flight Mesoamerica and the Costa Rican Bird Observatory.

In February, we held our Annual Meeting and organized an overnight birding trip for 8 members to Drake Bay, guided by ornithologist Jim Zook.

In May, members including Wendy Bernstein, Gail Hull, Roni Chernin, Kata Ulenaers, Lisa Ann, Kate Desvenain and Chris Heist volunteered at the 50th Anniversary of the Wilson Botanical Garden/Festival Eco-Cultural.

During the course of the year we have shared a table with Finca Cantaros at two local Tourism Fairs, one in San Vito and one in Cuided Neily, and Heysen Esquivel and Alison Olivieri volunteered at an Eco-Culture Fair in Concepcion.

We participated in the first national Breeding Bird Survey at two local sites, Cantaros and the Wilson Garden, and two members participated in a Birding Club of Costa Rica overnight trip to Las Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in La Gamba in July.

 At the present moment, the Club has 46 members who have renewed their dues for 2013. Twenty are International Members, defined as those whose primary residence is outside of Costa Rica, 20 Resident Members and six Honorary Members.

Finally, we have a new Vice President, Heysen Esquivel, who has been working hard behind the scenes to make our website bi-lingual, translating all our posts and articles into Spanish. He attended nearly every twice monthly Bird Walk at the Wilson Garden last year and recently started to lead these walks. Years ago, Heysen worked as general manager of OTS/Las Cruces and Nancy, his wife, also worked there at that time.

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Po primera vez el pasado mayo el club auspicio un taller de entrenamiento para profesores dado por Jennifer Fee y Lilly Briggs de la universidad de Cornell sobre educación ambiental curso llamado “BirdSleuth” en ingles o “Detectives de Parajos” en español, desarrollado por el departamento de educación del Laboratorio de Ornitologia de la universidad de Cornell. Trabajamos en colaboración con Ariadna Sanchez, naturalista,  encargada del departamento de educación ambiental de la OTS/Jardín Botánico Wilson, para ofrecer este curso impartido a una cantidad de 27 participantes. Lilly, una estudiante graduada de la universidad de Cornell, impartió el entrenamiento en idioma español.

Interesantemente, muchos de los  participantes trabajaron con las escuelas locales y al menos la mitad de ellos han tomado el último curso de guía naturalista impartido en las Cruces. Todo el material educativo estuvo disponible para los participantes en ingles y español.

Estoy muy contenta en anunciar a su vez que incluimos la primera clase en la escuela de Linda Vista a inicios de este año lectivo en febrero 2013 para estudiantes de 4to y 6to grado con nuestra intrépida profesora Wendy Schultz.

El club ha hecho 12 caminatas al Jardín Botánico Wilson y una en un día domingo en Finca Cantaros que atrajo a más de 40 participantes. Cabe mencionar que quedamos un poco cortos en binoculares esa mañana!

Hemos organizado 3 sesiones de anillado como parte de nuestro proyecto de investigación a largo plazo, El Proyecto de Monitoreo de Aves de San Vito, en enero, marzo y diciembre. Dos miembros presentaron el proyecto en la Conferencia de Anillado de Aves Nacional en el Inbio Parque en San Jose en abril, evento auspiciado por nuestros Aliados de Flight Mesoamerica y el Observatorio de Aves de Costa Rica.

En febrero, hemos organizado nuestra reunion anual y organizamos un paseo para observar aves a la Bahía de Drake, viaje que incluia estadia en el lugar donde asistieron 8 miembros del club. Viaje guiado por el ornitólogo Jim Zook.

En mayo, algunos miembros incluidos Wendy Bernstein, Gail Hull, Roni Chernin, Kata Ulenaers, Lisa Ann, Kate Desvenain and Chris Heist fueron voluntarios al evento de celebración del aniversario de  los 50 años del Jardin Botanico Wilson/Festival Eco-cultural.

En el curso de este año hemos compartido una mesa con Finca Cantaros en dos ferias de turismo — una en San Vito y una en Ciudad Neily, y Heysen Esquivel y Alison Olivieri fuimos voluntarios de la feria Eco-cultural en Concepción.

Participamos además en la primer censo de anidación nacional en dos sitios locales, Cantaros y el Jardín Botánico Wilson, dos miembros participaron en un viaje de varios días con estadía incluida hecho por el Club de Aves de Costa Rica, evento realizado en Las Esquinas Rain Forest Lodge en la Gamba en julio.

En estos momentos, el club tiene 46 miembros que han renovado su membresía anual para el 2013. 20 son miembros internacionales, refiriéndose a aquellos el cual su residencia primaria es fuera de Costa Rica, 20 miembros residentes y 6 miembros honorarios.

Tengo reservado lo mejor para el final: Tengo el placer de anunciarles que tenemos un nuevo Vicepresidente Heysen Esquivel, quien ha trabajado con nosotros muy fuerte tras bastidores para hacer nuestro sitio web bilingüe, traduciendo todos los artículos y anuncios al español. El ha asistido casi a todas las caminatas que se programan mensualmente y recientemente ha empezado a liderar las caminatas también. Hace algunos años atrás Heysen laboro como gerente en la OTS/Las cruces donde también su esposa, Nancy, trabajaba en ese momento.