[Tweeters] re: Birding in Costa Rica

Theresa Simendinger cowgirltns at rockisland.com
Sat Dec 2 18:12:56 PST 2017


Never meant to imply Monteverde wasn’t great…it is… and great birding……just a funny experience I had!
Theresa


> On Dec 2, 2017, at 6:03 PM, James Karr <jrkarr at olypen.com> wrote:

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> I agree that Savegre is a great place for quetzal and many other things. But I have been on trips to Monteverde once or twice a year for the past decade. I don’t think we have missed quetzal on any of those trips. Just to be sure that notions about Monteverde are left as not a great place.

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>> On Dec 2, 2017, at 5:19 PM, Larry Marsh <larrydmarsh at gmail.com <mailto:larrydmarsh at gmail.com>> wrote:

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>> Beautiful Birds! We have seen them on three of our trips!

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>> Larry

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>> Spokane

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>> Sent from my iPhone

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>> On Dec 2, 2017, at 4:28 PM, Hal Michael <ucd880 at comcast.net <mailto:ucd880 at comcast.net>> wrote:

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>>> In CR we have found Quetzals daily in the upper Savegre River Valley, around San Gerardo de Dota. Generally found at a couple sites along the dirt road. Additionally, we've watched nests up in the forest. Saw two species of Quetzal in the area around Tandayapa in Ecuador in October. Love Quetzals and Trogons.

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>>> Hal Michael

>>> Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation

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>>> Birding Tale: Costa Rica

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>>> I have a tale about birding in CR. I drug my non-birder friend to Monteverde as I had

>>> heard it was beautiful and a good spot to spot (!) Quetzals. At my insistence we hired

>>> a bird guide and off we set. At that time, and this was a while back, there were not many tourists

>>> there. As we left our little but really cute cabin in the forest, a lady stuck her head out of the

>>> tiny Tree Bar to see where we were off too. It was mid -morning. Our guide invited her to join up

>>> but she declined. Off we went, me thinking how silly she was to waste her time in a bar.

>>> Our poor guide looked high and low for the promised Quetzal sighting which I was so determined

>>> to see. We did see so many great tropical birds I love, but alas no Quetzal.

>>> Tired and sweaty at the end of the day we trudged back. The lady stuck her head out of the bar and laughingly

>>> asked if we saw any Quetzals. As we shook our heads no, she grinned and said one was in the tree outside

>>> the bar all afternoon. We confirmed this in camp. I’ve traveled several times since to CR , Panama and S. America

>>> but I have never seen a wild Quetzal.

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>>> That said, try the Osa Penn, Pacific side, camps. A bit out of the way but always great birds and animals to see there.

>>> Theresa

>>> Friday Harbor

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