Fan-tailed Warbler

Fan-tailed Warbler

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano - Obervatory Lodge & Spa

We had planned our stops wisely as we did not want to be having to deal with moving out luggage everyday.  We chose great birding locations to stay for about 3 nights and take day trips from that location.  After spending 3 night in the Liberia area, we then headed to the Arenal Volcano area for the next 3 nights.  This is one spot that we probably could have spent an extra night as it was an incredible place with a lot of birds and other fauna.  Our lodge was spacious at the Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa and the view from the front door was incredible as it looked out over Arenal Lake.  Every time we went out the front door, we discovered new birds just in the area around our lodge or casona.  

Arenal Volcano is considered an active volcano, but has been dormant since 2010.  It is a very noticeable landmark from all around the countryside.  Having never been close to a volcano before, this was very fascinating for me.  The Observatory and Lodge is located a distance from the volcano and has a series of many trails and paths to explore.  The birdlife here is phenomenal and it presents some unique habitats which attract many different birds.mammals, and other fauna.  Arenal Lodge and Observatory should be high on everyone's list for birding!  I highly recommend this place.

 Black-cowled Oriole

 Blue-gray Tanager

 Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

 Collared Aracari

 Common Tody-Flycatcher

Crested Guan

Banded Peacock

Arenal Volcano

 Keel-billed Toucan

 Long-tailed Tyrant

Palm Tanager

 Passerini's Tanager - Female

 Passerini's Tanager - Male

Red-legged Honeycreeper

 Scaly-breasted Hummingbird

 Southern Rough-winged Swallow

 Variable Seedeater

Yellow-throated Euphonia

 Arenal Volcano

 Bananaquit

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

 Brown-hooded Parrot

 Chris trying not to miss a shot of anything new!

Brown Jay

 Black-striped Sparrow

 Buff-rumped Warbler

 Green-celled Cattleheart

 Canivet's Emerald

 Carmoil's Tanager

White-nosed Coati

Here is a video of that up-close encounter with this White-nosed Coati.


 Eyelash Viper

 Green Honeycreeper

 Lizard - Middle American Ameiva

 Montezuma Oropedula

 Moth - Genus urania

 Orchid - Genus sobralia

 Rufous Motmot

 Streak-headed Woodcreeper

 Violet-headed Hummingbird

 Violet-headed Hummingbird

Yellow-faced Grassquit

 Green Hermit

 Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Steely-vented Hummingbird

Emerald Tanager

Arenal Lodge and Observatory is a great place to get a lot of different birds and to make some side trips as well.  Well worth a visit for at least a couple of days.  They even had an Ocelot walk into the restaurant one evening when we were not there.  It walked around very nonchalant and then left on its own.






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