23 October, 2016

Pausing in Limón, Costa Rica

Island Girl reached Limón, Costa Rica on the evening of 21 October, and is temporarily remaining in or near the city as she normally does at this stage in her migration. Presumably there's a lot of prey in this Caribbean seaport city, and the city has several large cell towers on which she likes to perch. Yesterday (22 Oct) she left the city for a few hours (to a forested area about 5 kilometers south), which is also typical, and then returned again to spend the night.

Members of the Asociacion Ornitologica de Costa Rica enjoy tracking Island Girl's progress as she visits their country every year, and for those interested, their Facebook page is updated daily with many professional quality photos taken by their members of beautiful and exotic birds. With over 840 species of birds, Costa Rica is one of the world's top destinations for avid birders.

4 comments:

Ken Miller said...

I just wanted to relate briefly our recent adventure with Island Girl. I personally have been following her movements on the website for probably 5 or 6 years. It has been, in the richest sense of the word, awesome to watch. A novice birder, I've been a member of the Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica for going on 8 years. Our monthly birding excursion for October 2016 was set for this past Saturday and Sunday, the 22nd and 23rd of the month, a 2-day visit to the southern Caribbean coast to observe the southern raptor migration and look for specialty species of the area. Our trip began to take on a whole new level of excitement when it became evident that it was going to coincide with the arrival of Island Girl to the city of Limón, since our route would take us near the center of Limón. We arrived in Limón a few minutes before 10 a.m. on Saturday, the 22nd, and began to scan the sky. Almost immediately we spotted a Peregrine circling in the area of the Catholic cathedral and the cell towers where Island Girl has spent some time in previous years. Of course, with many Peregrines moving through the area this time of year, there was no question we had to keep her in view to see if we could catch a glimpse of the antenna wire, and sure enough, she turned, giving a couple of the group clear views, confirming her identity. We saw her make one or two more loops over the city and then she headed south and we lost track of her. Needless to say, it was very exciting.

Jeannie Bird said...

Thank-you for sharing Ken. I too have followed her daily over the years...a wonderful day to start your day checking on "our Island Girl". Lucky for all of you down in CR to see her. I celebrate with a wine I found to be called Cathedrale... the church where she has often landed in Limon. I have introduced her to many friends in Canada and in Costa Rica where I'd vacation 3 months....Manuel Antonio Pacific side. Such an amazing country for studying birds and adding species to the life list. She came down Hudson Bay east side this year and the best route yet I think. Living south of Montreal she will never get close to me, but only hoping she can feel the cosmic energy going out there for her.

Ken Miller said...

Jeannie, nice touch with the wine. No weekend moment compares with spotting Island Girl's antenna wire, by far, but I'll just add that our group logged a mere 176 species (seen and/or heard) in about 12 hours of birding over two days near Cahuita last weekend. Good times.

westendoldbird said...

I send my early morning checking in on Island Girl with my staff. I love that she has a nice rest in Limon. I live in western Canada and enjoy the updates.