Date: 6/6/19 7:05 am
From: Ragupathy Kannan <0000013b0ad14faf-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Walmart birding in Costa Rica
I forgot to add to the email below that one other noteworthy event was the sighting of one of the world's most range-restricted birds by a Walmart parking lot.  The area is actually an eBird hotspot called "Alajuela Wallmart Woods".  Lol.  
The beautiful Cabanis's Ground-sparrow, a Costa Rican endemic, loves this small woodlot in the midst of bustling traffic right across SJO airport.
On Wednesday, 5 June, 2019, 2:08:33 pm GMT-5, Ragupathy Kannan <greathornbill...> wrote:

Twenty-one Arkansas Auduboners and two faculty (myself and Anant Deshwal) had a great time in Costa Rica last week.  The tour raised over $3,000 for the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust endowment.  We were guided by the now legendary Esteban Biamonte.
Highlights of the tour include:
* Anant catching a Boa Constrictor which was in the process of catching a Green Iguana (Anant got them both on a BOGO deal)* Spectacular views of a pair of Resplendent Quetzals at nest in Monteverde Cloud Forest (moved some into tears, literally)* Crocodiles and baby crocodiles galore in Rio Tempisque* A Bare-throated Tiger Heron catching a Burrowing Python and then dropping it because it was too big* Encounters with a Northern Tamandua, a Wooly Opossum, several Proboscis Bats, and families of Mantled Howlers* Birding while wallowing like water buffaloes in volcanic steaming hot springs..... 
.......and 189 species of birds despite three days of near constant rain.  Full lists below.  
26 May 2019 
Liberia airport
Hacienda Guachipelin
Night walk
27 May 
Prebreakfast birding
Santa Rosa National Park
28 May 
Hacienda Guachipelin
Rincon de la Vieja volcano
PM birding walk
29 May
Solimar Ranch
Cafeteria Horizonte
30 May 
Monteverde Santa Elena prebreakfast birding
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Finca Life Verde Coffee farm tour
Curi Cancha Reserve Nightwalk
31 May 
Prebreakfast birding Pig Farm Road
Selvatura Suspension Bridges
1 June 
Prebreakfast birding walk
Tempisque River boating
2 June 
Prebreakfast birding Playa Carrillo area
Chora island snorkeling trip

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