Back to the Tropics: Banding in Costa Rica

In early November, I packed my bags and migrated south to Costa Rica. Leaving behind frigid temperatures in Colorado, I arrive in Costa Rica ready for another winter in the tropics. For three months, I will be banding birds for Costa Rica Bird Observatories. First, I ride a bus up the winding Pan-American Highway to Madre Selva, a field station in the Cordillera de Talamanca. Here in the cloud forest, there is an extremely high density of regional endemics. Beyond the familiar North American migrants, I am bombarded with an exciting new suite of birds. With my coworker, Steve Dougill, we begin to familiarize ourselves with the amazing bird-life of the region.

Collared Redstart (Myioborus torquatus), one of the many birds endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama.
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes affinis)
Banding in the Clouds
Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops)
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch (Arremon brunneinucha)
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), one of the wintering North American migrants of the region.
Black-cheeked Warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys), a regional endemic.
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys)


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2 thoughts on “Back to the Tropics: Banding in Costa Rica

  1. Hello Joel, what a find. Lovely photos and information. Through your mom’s homeschooing post we’ve found your blog. My 8 yr old son wishes to grow up to become a zoologist. Perhaps you could give him some advice as to which directions he should work toward. Thanks, Lieve


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