So far as nations go, Costa Rica is on the smaller finish of the spectrum. A bit bigger than the Netherlands however with much less land than Latvia and Eire, when it comes to territory, we rank 126. We would have restricted house however we make up for it with an enormous quantity of biodiversity together with effectively over 900 chicken species on the official Costa Rica chicken checklist. With good motive, numerous birders go to Costa Rica and we even have sized native birding group.
One would assume that with a lot chicken commentary occurring, there wouldn’t be something left to find. Nevertheless, because the previous few years have proven, that’s simply not the case. As with so many locations on the globe, particularly the tropical locations the place biodiversity runs amok, it looks like the extra that biophiles look and search and probe, the extra bio treasures we discover. In Costa Rica, this previous 12 months has seen anticipated additions like Lesser Black-backed Gull and Crimson-backed Tanager together with considerably much less anticipated birds like Yellow-nosed Albatross within the Caribbean and an equally mega possible Salvin’s Albatross within the Pacific. There was additionally that unbelievable go to by a Spectacled Petrel at Tortuguero.
There are different birds nonetheless anticipated, I’ve a number of in thoughts that in all probability additionally happen someplace within the border space with Nicaragua (good day Altamira Oriole and Ladder-backed Woodpecker). Nevertheless, the newest addition wasn’t any of those. It was one thing that really caught me without warning, a chicken normally heard or seen in Mexico or sure, out of the way in which gulches in Arizona. It’ a chicken I really nonetheless want and will likely be searching for as a result of amazingly, a neighborhood birder discovered a number of at a website close to a seaside in northwestern Costa Rica in Santa Rosa Nationwide Park!
Once I noticed the eBird notification for Buff-collared Nightjar, I assumed, oh, that have to be a mistake. However no, there have been photographs and recordings made by an skilled native birder, Gerald Pereira. Little question about it, Buff-collared Nightjar, a number of of them and new and surprising for Costa Rica! The sightings elevate a number of questions. The place did they arrive from? Have they at all times been there? Are different remoted populations ready to be discovered? Why weren’t they found earlier than then?
I don’t know the solutions however in all probability, that they characterize a newly established localized inhabitants. If they’d already been current, one would assume that somebody would have discovered them however then once more, they had been seen in a restricted and little visited space, and are nocturnal. Maybe different populations exist in a number of different spots in Guanacaste? Maybe they solely sing at sure instances of the 12 months? There’s not a lot night time birding occurring up that approach, Gerald’s discovery reveals that perhaps we must be doing extra trying in out of the way in which locations, each day and night time. I’m wondering what else is ready to be present in closely birded Costa Rica?