Guanacaste is the large northwestern component of Costa Rica. In Costa Rica birding terms, its a mosaic of exotic completely dry woodland, field, as well as marshes. In non-birder terms (or birders that would not mind mixing birding with leisure), this unique, sun-drenched area of Costa Rica is additionally an area of coastlines, hotels, as well as tracks for birding in Rincon de la Vieja National forest That last little bit is additionally crucial for the birding group; there are birds in those old woodlands, also if they are occasionally tough to discover.
For the previous couple of days, my companion Marilen as well as I did some expedition birding in a couple of edges of Guanacaste. We grabbed a number of year birds while additionally uncovering a couple of various other facets of birding this enjoyable component of the nation. Based upon our current trips, below are some suggestions I really hope will certainly assist with your birding ventures in Guanacaste.
Chomes isn’t Obtaining Any Type Of Much Better however Punta Morales is Great as well as Bebedero Birding can be Exceptional!
As component of my over passionate master birding strategy, on the initial day, I figured we would certainly drive as well as bird with La Ceiba de Orotina, seawatch awhile in Puntarenas, and after that inspect Chomes as well as Punta Morales prior to investing the evening in Canas.
That kind of exercised in the kind of a fortunate arbitrarily purged a year Wilson’s Snipe in a residue marsh at Ceiba, as well as year Caspian Tern at an or else completely dry Chomes. Also if we did not see any kind of remote jaegers or unusual tropicbirds at Puntarenas, it was still great to have lunch there as well as see the waters of the Gulf of Nicoya. When it comes to Chomes, unfortunately, this crucial website has actually seen far better days. The squatter neighborhood remains to expand as well as border its method right into the mangroves, as well as the major fish ponds were totally dry. I’m uncertain if they are being preserved, it really did not actually appear like it.
Punta Morales had the birds however none of the unusual varieties or strange seabirds we had actually wished for. For whatever factor, no skimmers or terns or gulls flew in to roost for the evening. You simply never ever recognize what will certainly show up (or otherwise) at Punta Morales. All a birder can do is inspect the area out.
When It Comes To the Bebedero location, yes, that was excellent. Positioned a brief drive from Canas, we chose to bird there early prior to going back to the resort for morning meal at 8. By chance, that all exercised with roadside marshes showing off loads as well as loads of yellowlegs as well as Least Sandpipers foraging as well as flying expenses. We really did not select any kind of rarities however based upon the variety of birds we saw, that would definitely be a great location to inspect.
Continuing, an additional roadside check of marshes showed up a huge Jabiru (!) in a roadside ditch in addition to even more typical herons as well as Timber Storks. We after that knotted our method to the Bebedero Roadway that goes by La Soga as well as gets to freeway 1. We discovered bit in marshes as well as rice areas in this location, it can be great throughout movement, as well as we did possibility upon our one as well as just North Harrier (an unusual wintering bird in Costa Rica). I can still see that grey ghost training course quickly simply over an open, gusty area. In retrospection, I would certainly have suched as to have a look at as a lot of that location as feasible over a number of days. I wager there’s some unusual birds available.
Required to Remain In Canas? Remain at the Kam Tu
We remained in a neighborhood resort referred to as the Kam Tu It’s absolutely nothing expensive however spaces were tidy as well as with air conditioner, the area was well preserved, it had a wonderful swimming pool, excellent pleasant solution, as well as it was a deal. Your remain additionally includes a great morning meal. They will not offer it very very early however if you seem like birding as well as coming back at 8:30, that can function. I would definitely remain there once more.
Palo Verde- Possibly Not …
Palo Verde National Forest is a huge, crucial safeguarded location in the Tempisque River container. The birding below as well as when driving in can be terrific however, similar to many marsh locations, that excellent birding depends on water degrees. On our back home, we chose to drive in with the hope of seeing a lot of birds generally Palo Verde marsh, perhaps some marsh as well as completely dry woodland birds en route in.
Regrettably, extremely little of this strategy exercised as well as I would certainly not suggest a go to. With so little of the marsh easily accessible, you are far better off conserving your marsh birding for Cano , Viejo Wetlands, as well as perhaps a pair various other websites. Our go to included a looong drive in on a really rough roadway, less marshes than in the past (some have actually been transformed to birdless sugar walking stick), as well as the marsh having no open water as well as no unusual birds. A November go to might have much better problems however, the roadway could additionally be impassible. With that said in mind, most likely to Cano rather.
Liberia is an Excellent Birding Base however Do Not Remain At the Resort Wilson
Liberia can function as an outstanding base for seeing numerous national forests as well as various other birding websites in Guanacaste. It additionally has a dining establishment with excellent Indian food as well as various other excellent locations (we appreciated the MariaJuana for craft beer as well as yummy price). There are additionally a number of locations to remain, one which I can not suggest being the Resort Wilson. It was never ever anything unique as well as primarily deals with company customers however it’s still worth stating that you’ll be much better off remaining elsewhere.
It had not been all that negative however simply quite standard, unpleasant, as well as with loud air conditioner that maintained us awake. There are various other as well as much better choices for Liberia.
Relax at the Alma Dolce Coffee Shop
On a much brighter note, an area I can not suggest sufficient is the Alma Dolce coffee shop at the Do this Lagar plaza. This tiny, family members run facility uses fairly valued, genuine Italian breads, pizza, coffee, as well as gelato. What extra could you desire? It’s a treasure of an area we constantly expect seeing. On our last early morning, after inspecting Las Trancas as well as the Catfish Ponds (which were primarily completely dry as well as birdless), morning meal there was ideal prior to advancing with our drive.
Rincon de la Vieja
This large national forest is constantly a great area for birding however prior to you go, maintain these suggestions in mind:
- Shut on Monday.
- The Waterfalls Trails are lengthy strolls just implied for healthy walkers as well as by the time you get to the meadow locations where the sparrows live, they possibly will not be energetic.
- The park hrs are awful for birding. Bird early the drive to the national forest, it does not open up till 8.
- Think about strolling as well as birding on the Las Pailas path as well as the in the Santa Maria industry. Both of these are simpler than the falls tracks, particularly Las Pailas, as well as are equally as excellent.
Guanacaste allows as well as much of it little birded. I might state a great deal extra, I would certainly like to bird much less easily accessible edges of those wild as well as gusty bogs. To find out more regarding where to go birding in Costa Rica in this as well as all areas of this birdy country, assistance this blog site by obtaining the 900 plus web page e-book as well as Costa Rica birding friend, “ Just How to See, Locate, as well as Identify Birds in Costa Rica“. I wish to see you below!