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Date:         Fri, 28 Jul 2000 14:18:12 -0400
Reply-To:     Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@valdosta.edu>
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From:         Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Subject:      Costa Rica triplist
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In the lull before North American migration begins in earnest, here's a little Neotropical respite...

Our recent 2-week rainy-season trip to Costa Rica exceeded expectations, yielding 354 species, combining Carribean and Pacific lowlands, Highlands, and some brief stops at mid elevations. The biggest total for single location was ca. 180 species at Carara/Tarcol in 3 days, but 150 in the La Selva area in a similar period wasn't bad either. Savegre Mountain is a must for its unique assemblage, even though good views of Resplendent Quetzal eluded us in July.

Highlights included 2 CR endemics--Mangrove Hummingbird at Tarcol and Black-cheeked Ant-tanager at Marenco, over 100 Scarlet Macaws at these two locations, 5 male Turquoise Cotingas in a tree on the grounds of our hotel in San Isidro, the local and uncommon Tawny-chested Flycatcher outside La Selva, 2 King Vultures and the beautiful little invader, Pearl Kite, 2 antpitta species well seen, and others too numerous to mention (but hit the link and check the list). 42 tyrranids, 31 tanagers, 13 wrens...

One memory is how ubiquitous the calls of Black-hooded Antshrike and Chestnut-backed Antbird are throughout the Pacific lowland rainforests from Carara south to the Osa Peninsula.

Oh, also 17 spp. of mammals, including 3 of bats, seen roosting, all 4 of the monkeys, the dwarf squirrel, and a humpback whale.

Complete bird list, with locations, at:

http://www.valdosta.edu/~bergstrm/cr2000.html

Cheers, ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brad Bergstrom, Ph.D., Professor TEL 912-333-5770 /-5759 Department of Biology FAX 912-333-7389 Valdosta State University e-mail: bergstrm@valdosta.edu Valdosta, GA 31698-0015 Home: 912-333-0743 Home Page-- http://www.valdosta.edu/~bergstrm/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------


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