[Tweeters] RFI: Costa Rica (shadblow@verizon.net)

Hamilton hamiln at peoplepc.com
Fri Sep 23 10:24:24 PDT 2005


Hello Anne,
We have done 4 trips to Costa Rica and have arranged the last 2 with Best Adventure Travel (B.A.T.) guide service in Costa Rica.  They have a fabulous guide, Mario, who hears and sees the impossible.  His great scoping skills are also unbelievable.  Although, we don't have any near-term plans, we'll "use" them again.  We like the idea of employing local guides wherever possible since they're there all the time, and it helps the local economy!  In addition, in my opinion, the guide needs to know what's going on bird-wise on an almost daily basis and be part of the local "brotherhood" of guides who share their "secrets" with each other.  Good luck!

Feel free to email me if you have questions.

Nita Hamilton
Deer Park, WA
hamiln at u.washington.edu

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Today's Topics:

   1. murrelets & Pt. Defiance berries (Bryan Owens)
   2. Surfbirds and Black Turnstones at Alki (Jennifer V)
   3. Yes, Pt. Defiance Berries were Evergreen Huckleberries
      (Mark Vernon)
   4. Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2005-09-21
      (Michael Hobbs)
   5. This you have to see, necter lovers at the feeder (Dawn Bailey)
   6. Olympic Vulture Study (Bob Norton)
   7. Katrina relief for new orleans audubon (Lynne Mason)
   8. Black Swifts (fwd) (Ian Paulsen)
   9. Unusual Westport Godwit video (Larry Schwitters)
  10. Re: Quail Young (raybar99 at aol.com)
  11. RBA: Portland, OR 9-22-05 (Harry Nehls)
  12. New Dragonfly Photos (Ruth and/or Patrick Sullivan)
  13. RFI: Costa Rica (shadblow at verizon.net)
  14. Re: RFI: Costa Rica (Virginia Chong - UW)


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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 13:15:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bryan Owens <obryan214 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] murrelets & Pt. Defiance berries
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Hello Tweeters,
 
Yesterday morning on Hood Canal I passes up a Marbled Murrelet on my way back into Gamble Bay. Back in the Bay their were a couple of Bald Eagles and Ospreys as well. On the way in their were a couple of Blue Herons on the old saw mill site as well as Cormorants nearby. Fishing was good, two limits in under ten minutes.
We started at Quilcene but the fish their seemed to have moved up the river. I heard a Loon cry somewhere up near the rivers mouth. I heard this bird last week to but haven't seen it yet.
On the Pt. Defiace berries Mark Vernon posted about, its possible they are Evergreen Huckleberries but I havn't seen many of them around their, I live right up the street fromthere and am down there a couple times a week. They are more likely Oregon Grape or Salal. Anyway you shouldn't eat berries that you can't identify, could get you killed. A good book you could pick up is Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Jim Pozar and Andy Mackinnon. It has lots of good pictures. I have some better books but am not home right now and usually refer to them by their authors or the color of their covers, maybe I'll post some names later.
 
Bryan Owens
Tacoma Wa.
obryan214 at yahoo.com
 
 


		
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Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:08:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jennifer V <sky_bird_69 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Surfbirds and Black Turnstones at Alki
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I have had my eye out for a while, and yesterday was my first sighting at Alki of the Surbirds and Black Turnstones. I rode my bike past at about 6 p.m., the tide was high and crashing pretty hard, and the birds were making a good bit of noise. Because of the high tide, they were quite close to the sidewalk. This flock was near the three telescopes that generally face Downtown.

Jennifer Vanderhoof

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Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:12:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Vernon <ma_vern at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Yes, Pt. Defiance Berries were Evergreen
	Huckleberries
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Thanks to everyone who responded!!!
 
I looked up the berries and they were indeed Evergreen Huckleberries...one source called them Blueberries, Vaccinium ovatum. For one thing they are the most common berry out right now at Pt. Defiance, and were all over the place, especially thick in the middle area. The plants were quite tall in some places. The leaves are what threw me off, they are waxy in appearance. The berries do resemble huckleberries, but look a lot different than the Black Huckleberries that I pick in the Cascades. The birds were eating them on the west side of the park, right above the bluffs, where the trail sometimes hangs over the edge.
 
The other berries I noticed were orange colored Honeysuckle berries, Bittersweet (a red colored nightshade), some Oregon Grape and Salal. I would like to find the dark colored nightshades just to see what they look like.
 
The berries had a very good flavor. They are exotic to me because I have never seen any in the Seattle area.
 
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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:21:33 -0700
From: "Michael Hobbs" <birdmarymoor at verizon.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co., WA)
	2005-09-21
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Tweets - we had a huge turnout today - 16 birders total, although we never 
had more than about a dozen at any one time.  It was another gorgeous day, 
with the sun coming up over the Cascades a bit after 7:00 and quickly 
burning off the "patchy morning fog".  Mt. Rainier was crisp and clear.  The 
birding was only so-so from a total bird count perspective.  Several birds 
appeared only briefly and were NOT seen by all.

Our species count was high (64 species) partly because we got First-Of-Fall 
(FOF) looks at a number of species, plus we had what were probably our 
Last-Of-The-Year (LOTY?) looks at several more:

American Wigeon            FOF - several, flyby
Common Merganser         FOF - 1 female at weir
Bald Eagle                       1 adult - unusual for date
Cooper's Hawk                Juvenile in Snag Row, adult near mansion
American Kestrel             Beautiful male in East Meadow
Wilson's Snipe                 FOF - 2 flying near weir
Vaux's Swift                     LOTY?  Maybe as many as 15
R.-breasted Sapsucker     1 over East Meadow, 1 at Mansion
Willow Flycatcher           LOTY?  2-3
CASSIN'S VIREO           LOTY? 1 @ SW edge of Dog Meadow
Swainson's Thrush           LOTY??  1.  May stick around a bit.
Or.-crowned Warbler      Maybe 3+
Yellow Warbler              LOTY??  2.  May stick around a bit.
Y.-rumped Warbler         25+
B.-throated Gray Wrblr   1 male at Rowing Club
Townsend's Warbler        Gorgeous male at Mansion
Common Yellowthroat     Still several - should hang on a while
LAPLAND LONGSPUR  4 in NE corner of Dog Meadow
Bl.-headed Grosbeak       LOTY?  1 near east footbridge
Western Meadowlark       FOF - 4 in East Meadow

This was only our third BALD EAGLE sighting ever for the month of September, 
the others being 9/1/04 and 9/29/04.  Finding a Baldie now was definitely a 
surprise.

Several birders went out during the week looking for Longspurs and other 
things that have been noted recently.  Other birds for this week (9/17-9/20) 
that I've seen or heard about were:

Gadwall
Northern Harrier
Virginia Rail
Common Nighthawk
Anna's Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
American Pipit
Vesper Sparrow

So 64 species for the day, and 72 species for the week.

== Michael Hobbs
== Kirkland, WA
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== birdmarymoor at verizon.net 




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Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 19:23:33 -0700
From: "Dawn Bailey" <dawnsdog at rainierconnect.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] This you have to see, necter lovers at the feeder
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Message: 6
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 19:40:51 -0700
From: "Bob Norton" <norton36 at olypen.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Olympic Vulture Study
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    Diane MacRae is at Salt Creek Park doing her census.
    She got on location Monday afternoon and saw 6 late in the afternoon. 
Yesterday there were none. Today she counted 876 (a good day). Also she had 
a flock of 35 Vaux's Swifts early in the AM.
    Yesterday the wind was low but out of the west. There was little wind 
today but it was out of the east, at least when I was there. She says that 
wind is best to get them to take off from Rocky Point.
    My daughter and son-in-law's organic farm across the road had the first 
killing frost last night and my son-in-law saw 35 vultures today. Usually 
when Diane has a good flight we do not see any at all three miles inland. Of 
course we are not standing watches.
    As far as I know Diane had only 3 Red-tailed Hawks as other raptors 
although I had an immature Cooper's in the back lot for the first local 
accipitor for the fall.
Bob Norton
norton36 at olypen.com
Joyce (near Port Angeles), WA 



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Message: 7
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 20:31:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lynne Mason <lynnemason108 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Katrina relief for new orleans audubon
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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Dear all, 

The members of the New Orleans Audubon group lead by Glen Gousett was hit hard by Katrina.

Many were completely wiped out. I am collecting donations for Glen and their members. They are an amazing group of birders, so dedicated and so kind. They were so welcoming to us when we visited them in New Orleans this spring.



I am collecting donations (checks can be made out to Glen Gousett or if you prefer Audubon attention Katrina relief Fund), I am happy to mail any check donations or any basic life and household item donations as well as any birding related items (bird books, binoculars etc) to keep them going.

 

Thank-you so much!!

 

You can send the donations directly to 

Glen Gousett

5233 Citrus 

Blvd, Apt W367, River Ridge, La 70123. 

 

or I will forward them onto Glen

Lynne Mason

2308 East Lake Sammamish Pl SE

Sammamish Wa 98075

425-391-2166

Lynnemason108 at yahoo.com

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Message: 8
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 20:41:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker at zipcon.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] Black Swifts (fwd)
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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HI:
 FYI

-- 

Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
A.K.A.: "Birdbooker"
"Rallidae all the way!"

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Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 18:29:06 -0700
From: Charles T. Collins <ccollins at csulb.edu>
To: lpatters at ix.netcom.com, birdbooker at zipcon.net
Cc: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Black Swifts

BLACK SWIFT STUFF 101

There were a couple of recent posting asking some questions about Black Swifts.  Maybe I can add a few bits to the discussion.  I'll try!

Black Swifts, as outlined in the account on Birdweb, is not nearly as well known as the other North American swifts.  It is larger (almost twice the body of Vaux's Swifts at their fattest) and faster flying.  Part of the problem is that it nests in remote places, almost exclusively behind waterfalls.  And to top it off, the come in to the nest only once or twice a day, usually just at dusk.  Those trying to document nest sites well know this and have to stay until after dark to make sure if Black Swifts are going to come in.  Trying to find the nests is not reliable as they may be hidden from general view and only detected when a bird returns.  They do tend to return to the same sites and very few are thought to be deserted from year to year.  Getting one of the several books documenting the waterfalls of the state (Washington, Oregon and California) and going to some or all and waiting until dusk during mid-june until mid-august is the long and hard way, but nearly the only!
  way of mapping their breeding distribution.  The list of falls can be shortened a bit by omitting the "slide" falls and sticking to the ones with a vertical drop and room behind them or in the adjacent spray zone for nests.

Why do they nest there?  Good question!  Clearly it is safer from terrestrial predators and that may be the main reason.  Not only Black Swifts but pretty much all of the members of that genus (Cypseloides) do this, with some of the smaller ones (Spot-fronted for instance) nesting in damp dark locations on a clif near but not behind a waterfall.  This may relate to the size of the bird vs. the impact of the falling water even in peripheral spray that would hit them.

Why do they stay out so late?  Probably because they specialize on swarming insects (particularly winged ants) and these may be available at dusk.  They can specialize on these winged reproductive insects which are rich in stored fat by virtue of the fact that Black Swifts load up the esophagus with these insects rather than bringing one wad or bolus carried in the mouth as in most other swifts.  The bolus carriers take a wide array of insects, of the size they can handle, including whatever is abundant and available.  This includes insects of many orders and families.  Accordingly, they can form a bolus of these insects glued together with saliva, in a relatively short period of  time and thus come back to the nest to feed the nestlings several times an hour.  Black Swifts spend more time looking for the patchy swarms of the lipid-rich insects as reproductive ants or termites and also cover more ground in the process.  This would be inefficient if they had to head back with!
  each mouthfull.  Thus by stacking the equivalent of several boluses in the esophagus they can in fact go farther, stay away longer and bring back a larger load when they do.  They have been observed regurgitating multiple mouthfulls to a chick on a dusk return and also photographed feeding multiple times during the night after roosting. This pattern or strategy does put some limits on how many chicks can be reared so they lay only a single egg clutch and only raise a single chick a year.  Sounds like some long-lived seabirds doesn't it.  The parallel has been noted by several workers.  Banding studies (in progress) show that Black Swifts are long-lived; the current record is about 17 years but that is not likely to be a maximum.

Anyway a long life, low reproductive rate, a secure nesting (and roosting site) and a dietary specialist.....there you have it, a Black Swift.

Further questions welcomed

Charles T. Collns
Calif. State Univ., Long Beach
ccollins at csulb.edu


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Message: 9
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 22:08:41 -0700
From: Larry Schwitters <lpatters at ix.netcom.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Unusual Westport Godwit video
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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Tweeters,

Yesterday we put 37 minutes of Mini DV video of the Westport Godwits 
onto the iMac and hand advanced the clips looking for underwings of 
Godwits other than Marbled.  Got lucky.  There is one good flap from an 
individual that by its underwing pattern and coloration is quite 
different from the Marbled, and surely unlike a Hudsonian.  Other than 
"want to come over to our place and look at it", it may take a while 
for us to come up with an exportable product.

Just got back from the North Fork of the Teanaway.  Two of us crawled 
all over De Roux Falls looking for a Black Swift nest.  Figured we had 
a good chance with the low water levels here.  Struck out.

Larry Schwitters



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Message: 10
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 07:23:53 -0400
From: raybar99 at aol.com
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Quail Young
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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I moved to Ladysmith (about 80 mi. north of Victoria) on Vancouver Island earlier this year and have frequently seen the local resident California Quail families parading around our neighborhood, along the roadways in our mobile home park, as well as through the gardens and grounds.  Just last week I spotted a family group with older juvs. and some wee babies.  And I though it seemed a bit late for such tiny ones!
 Barbara Fysh
Ladysmith BC
email bcbeejay at hotmail.com

Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Quail Young
To: Steve Ellis <sellis at coup.wednet.edu>
Cc: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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I checked the Birds of North America account for the California Quail, and it 
states "hatching late May to Aug across the North American range; occasionally 
as early as first week of May and as late as early Sep."
I never knew they would nest this late, thanks for sharing this with us Steve.

Mike Donahue
Seattle





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Message: 29
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 11:17:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Late Black-headed Grosbeak?
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Tweets,
saw a Juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak in the yard this
morning.  Not having seen one in the yard for almost a
month, this struck me as rather odd.
And given the last posts about late or early birds, I
figured I would post an RFI to see if anyone else
thought this was rather late for a BH Grosbeak to be
around?
Guy

Guy McWethy
Renton, WA
mailto: lguy_mcw at yahoo.com


    
        
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Message: 11
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 23:31:29 -0700
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls at teleport.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] RBA: Portland, OR 9-22-05
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- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* September 22, 2005
* ORPOo509.22

- birds mentioned

G. White-fronted Goose
COOK¹S PETREL
American White Pelican
BLACK VULTURE
Broad-winged Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Pacific Golden-Plover
Sanderling
Dunlin
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Sabine¹s Gull
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Swainson¹s thrush
Gray Catbird
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER
TENNESSEE WARBLER
VIRGINIA¹S WARBLER
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
Palm Warbler
BLACKPOLL WARBLER
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER

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hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
number: 503-292-6855
To report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976  <hnehls at teleport.com>
compiler: Harry Nehls
coverage: entire state

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report
was made Thursday September 22. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls
at 503-233-3976.

On September 16 and 20 COOK¹S PETRELS were reported well off the southern
Oregon coast. A probable BLACK VULTURE was seen with TURKEY VULTURES
September 11 near Hubbard, and September 13 near Oregon City. On September
17 a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was near Astoria. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was
in Vancouver September 17.

During the week birders at Malheur NWR reported a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, a
VIRGINIA¹S WARBLER, a TENNESSEE WARBLER, a PRAIRIE WARBLER, and a
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was on Steens Mountain September
17. 

Heavy movements of WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and SWAINSON¹S THRUSHES were reported
during the week. Sparrows are now very conspicuous. Over a thousand CRANES
are now on Sauvie Island.

A possible CATBIRD was heard September 15 on the North Spit of Coos Bay.
During the week a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER, and a
couple of early DUNLIN were on the spit.

Up to four SABINE¹S GULLS are now on Sauvie Island, but in a distant
location, just within scope range. WHITE PELICANS are now on Sauvie Island
and Smith Lake in North Portland. A probable BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was
reported September 14 near Winston.

On September 17 a PALM WARBLER was at Hatfield Lake near Bend. Two SABINE¹S
GULLS were at Summer Lake September 18. On September 14 two BLACK PHOEBES
were  north of Merrell. On September 15 a SANDERLING was among a group of
shorebirds gathered at was is left of Thief Valley Reservoir south of
LaGrande. 

That¹s it for this week.

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Message: 12
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 10:39:13 -0700
From: "Ruth and/or Patrick Sullivan" <godwit at worldnet.att.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] New Dragonfly Photos
To: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Hello Tweeters,

I been making a study here in Tacoma in University place call Homestead park.This pond will give away to the new design town offices.
I never know about this pond ,and was so surprised how much  wildlife existed.I started three month ago and have to date 17 species of Dragonflies both male and females.
I was falling in love with the little Tree frogs which  emerging all in different phases in the hundreds.The BEST find was the Lyre-tipped Spreadwing what is rare on the Westside to find.The first sighting and the only one was from 1947  and 1948 from the Dupond area.So this one would be a good record for Pierce County.Hopeful the input on my study could safe this pond ,since it is in a area located where changes maybe Dave being made.

Yesterday I retreated again for an hour in quietly sitting at the pond,the water holding good for some reason and really there was not much going on than seeing the little frogs moving from the hillside toward the pond.But I was thinking seeing two Paddle -tailed Darner cruising the edges pond ,how I ever getting a chance to photographing the Darners,since there always flying.But what a surprise and a reward ,seeing a Blue eyed Darner one of the most colorful of all 
Darners flying close where I was sitting and landing in a bush close by.My camera are always ready but the fear to get to close is always on you mind.The Darner star preening his face steady so I got the chance to get many photos and most all turning out excellent.I hope you enjoying the photos as much than I do since this is only my second time where I photographed a Darner.When I photographed a Dragonfly what I had no idea what it was.This giant insect was hovering and I took 6 photos .This was in August  1997,the beginning  me falling in love with this creatures.I think the big eyes got me when I looked to my binocular how big there where.I found out later from Dennis Paulson that this was a Paddle-tailed Darner what ended up on the cover of " Dragonflies Of North America" a scientific study book of Dragonflies.I hope tat you enjoying this photos especial that I found this here in Tacoma ,fife minutes where I live. My recent dragonfly photos can be accessed at the followi!
 ng link:  http://www.pbase.com/godwit/recent_dragonfly_photos/


Cheers,

 Ruth Sullivan
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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 10:59:09 -0700
From: shadblow at verizon.net
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: Costa Rica
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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I'm considering a birding trip to Costa Rica next Spring. It would be 
my first visit there. I'd appreciate suggestions as to which tour 
group, what not to miss (birding or non-birding related), etc.

thanks in advance-

Anne Cunha
Lynnwood, WA
shadblow at verizon.net



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Message: 14
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 11:34:56 -0700
From: "Virginia Chong - UW" <vichong at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI: Costa Rica
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Anne, I have not personally done a birding tour in Costa Rica, but I have 
(as amateur) casually done birding in Panama.
There are some good bookstores in C.A., with field guides that are not 
easily available here, so I'd suggest taking a look there too!

I have read Ken Kaufman's book on his birding adventures and know that he 
works at times with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours.
http://www.ventbird.com/

Another idea besides a birding tour is a ecotour.  A retired professor of 
mine helped found and is involved with the Organization for Tropical 
Studies.
In addition to tropical research, they offer biology field camps in Costa 
Rica.
http://www.ots.ac.cr/en/comevisit/field_camp/index.shtml

Good luck!  Virginia

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <shadblow at verizon.net>
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 10:59 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: Costa Rica


> I'm considering a birding trip to Costa Rica next Spring. It would be my 
> first visit there. I'd appreciate suggestions as to which tour group, what 
> not to miss (birding or non-birding related), etc.
>
> thanks in advance-
>
> Anne Cunha
> Lynnwood, WA
> shadblow at verizon.net
>
> _______________________________________________
> Tweeters mailing list
> Tweeters at u.washington.edu
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