LUTMAN'S COSTA RICA 2005 25TH ANNIVERSARY BIRDING TRIP

BACKGROUND

In all our birding, people keep asking, "Have you been to Costa Rica?" It's always been on our list, but kept getting bumped when other places popped up. Well, it finally made it to the top of the list, and we couldn't be more excited.

OBJECTIVES

More birds!
Minimize cost per bird
Finally visit Costa Rica
See a Resplendent Quetzal (and get a photo)
Have fun together

EXPECTATIONS

Our life bird list (of the approximately 10,000 species on the planet) is at 1605, and we are hoping to add about 100-120 on this adventure. We expect to see about 300-350 species on the trip, of which about a third will be life birds.

HOPES AND DREAMS, PLANS AND SCHEMES

Map of Costa Rica. Shows the location of our five lodges.

RESULTS

We saw 339 species (although I think I forgot to count green honeycreeper) in the 18 days, including 167 life birds. This brings our total life bird count from 1605 to 1772, if my math is correct, of the 10,000 or so total world species. We are thrilled.

So we only have to see 8,228 more. Let's see, it took us just under ten years to see the first 1772, so it should take 46 years and 5 months more to see the rest, assuming the same rate. That would make us be about 107.

As they said in the movie "Waterboy," YOU CAN DO EET!

FINAL BIRD LIST

Note: These lists do not show every bird seen at every lodge. The list represents only the first time we see a given species at any lodge.

Order Seen, Taxonomic, Alphabetical

TRIP AWARDS

Bests and Worsts

"JUST SHOW ME THE PICTURES!" (For text and pictures, see "TRIP REPORTS" below)

February 5-10. Lodge: Villa Lapas. Location: Central Pacific Lowlands (+ Bougainvillea Hotel in San Jose, CR)
February 10-13. Lodge: Montana Hotel. Location: Monteverde Area
February 13-16. Lodge: Rancho Naturalista. Location: Central Caribbean Foothills
February 16-20. Lodge: Selva Verde. Location: Caribbean Lowlands
February 20-24. Lodge: Bosque de Paz. Location: Central Highlands (+ Bougainvillea Hotel in San Jose, CR)

TRIP REPORTS (DAILY TEXT AND PHOTOS, including new ones not in the original emails)

In the reports below, when we see a bird for the first time on this trip, but we HAVE seen it before, it will be in Initial Caps (a "trip bird" in our lingo, e.g. Clay-Colored Robin). Scientists would use the term "species" rather than "trip birds." But that sounds a little too clinical for us. If we have NEVER seen a bird before, it will be in ALL CAPS (e.g. ANDEAN CONDOR), indicating that it is what we call a life bird, or "lifer." If we've seen it before and reported it already, I'll use all lower case letters (e.g. clay-colored robin). A migrant from North America will be followed by (m), to indicate migrant.

February 5-10. Lodge: Villa Lapas. Location: Central Pacific Lowlands (+ Bougainvillea Hotel in San Jose, CR)
February 10-13. Lodge: Montana Hotel. Location: Monteverde Area
February 13-16. Lodge: Rancho Naturalista. Location:Central Caribbean Foothills
February 16-20. Lodge: Selva Verde. Location: Caribbean Lowlands
February 20-24. Lodge: Bosque de Paz. Location: Central Highlands (+ Bougainvillea Hotel in San Jose, CR)

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* - Life Bird = a bird species we've never encountered in the wild before. Also "lifer."