Bosque del Río Tigre
Some of the Best Birding in Costa Rica!
2011 Season Highlights:
Although not typical behavior, a male Yellow-billed Cotinga, for the third year, was displaying all through the breeding season in a Gallinazo up river from the lodge. The Little Tinamou dissappeared from the kitchen feeder while caring for young but have just started to return in July. White-tipped Sicklebill again was found on several nests and night perches. Black-cheeked Anttanager nsistently came to the banana feeders. It's very unusal, but the White-crested Coquette has been easy to see most of June and July. Brown-billed Sythebill and Striped Woodhaunter were heard regularly near the lodge throughout the season but never seen. The Scaly-breasted Wren, Marbled WoodQuail and Scaly-throated Leaftosser were seen regularly on the trails . Mid July, we had another sighting of the Black and White Hawk Eagle and the Tiny Hawk was around all season.
Even after all these years of observing our local birds, we learn or see something new, almost daily. If you are interested,read the newest Newsletter for all the recent sightings.
On a 3 hour morning bird walk we usually see 50-60 species and some groups have spotted over 100 species. There are always a variety of active nests surrounding the house. In the past years we have had nesting, the Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Golden-naped Woodpecker, Orange-collared Manaquin, Red-capped Manaquin, Buff-rumped Warbler, Riverside Wren, 8 species of Hummingbirds, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Bananaquit, Cherries Tanager, Gray-headed Tanager,Tropical Gnatcatcher, Golden-hooded Tanager, Fiery-billed Aracari, Blue-black Grosbeak, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Common Pauraque and numerous flycatchers. With all these nests visible from the house we have had the pleasure of viewing the birds social and feedings habits daily and watching the interactions of the competing species.
A three day stay, minimum, is recommended to cover all the local "Hot Spots" and have time to look for some special birds not seen the first timearound although two days can be quite rewarding. Many serious birders will see between 150-190 species in three days. We encourage you to bring a "want list". There are a couple of species which are much easier to see during a limited time and it varies from year to year so we will be glad to keep you updated via email
Tigre and Osa Birding Packages
We have put together several birding packages for our guests. They will give you a chance to visit all the major habitats and important "hot spots" in the local area , with each spot offering a different variety of birds as well as several of our specialties which are hard or impossible to find in other parts of the country. From our 13 years of experience working with birders in this area, we have a fairly good idea of which birds our guests will want to see and where to find them at any given time.
Highly recommended and included in some packages is the special "Roadside Birding Trip" to Rincon. This is a great 5.5-6 hour trip usually totaling around 80 species, many which are more difficult or impossible to see near the lodge. We start before dawn so we can catch the parrots cruising the fields at first light, the Striped Cuckoo displaying, the Red-breasted Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Rufous-breasted Seedeater during morning feeding time and still be able to make it to the bridge in time to catch the Yellow-billed Cotinga flying back and forth across the river in a sort of social display that is yet to be studied. Usually we also encounter Turquoise Cotinga, often in the same tree as the Yellow-billed Cotinga, Mangrove Hummingbird, a Costa Rican endemic, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, and Pearl Kite. There are usually a good assortment of raptors to seen on the way back to the lodge around mid-day.
We have added a new birding package for the 2011-2012 season.
Birders staying elsewhere on the peninsula are welcome to come out for breakfast and bird with us for 3 hrs. for $50pp. Please make reservations and this offer is not always available.
The Site List
We have a site list posted complete with latin names as well as specific habitat codes. We hope you find it useful. Please let us know if you have any suggestions on improvements or corrections. It does need a bit of updating, additions mostly, which I will hopefully get to in the coming months..
We hope you will come down and bird with us someday soon!
Liz and Abraham