Buenos Aires

The Buenos Aires vicinity in southern Costa Rica includes an inter-montane valley with both grassy savanna and pockets of rain forest habitat. The road to Durika includes steep, grassy hillsides that accommodate Ocellated Crake, Bran-colored Flycatcher, and, at slightly higher elevations, White-tailed Nightjar. In migration, it's a good spot for Common Nighthawk, both Eastern and Western Wood-Pewees, and wide variety of swallows.

The Pindeco Pineapple Development Corporation (Del Monte) has taken over some adjoining land a bit lower in elevation. Most of the land has been clear-cut, but they maintain small patches of good, forested habitat that with proper access and a guide allow for some very good birding. At the road junction entering private property, we had good looks at Baird's Trogon, Turquoise Cotinga, several Green Shrike-Vireos (at a reasonable tree height), and a Gray-headed Kite sitting on a nest. At another location, with the help of our property guide Leandro, we had Black-tailed Flycatcher, Streak-chested Antpitta, and a cooperative Rosy Thrush-Tanger. The thrush-tanager is a difficult bird to see in Costa Rica, and we were fortunate to have both Johan and Leandro to help us find this bird.

Johan Chavez birding the road to Durika, near Buenos Aires, Costa Rica
Rosy Thrush-Tanager on private property near Buenos Aires. Photo by Johan Chavez