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Corcovado National Park - La Sirena, Costa Rica (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Corcovado National Park - La Sirena, Costa Rica

Map of Corcovado National Park - La Sirena, Costa Rica

Giant Grasshopper Unidentified Toad La Sirena Beach Rio Sirena Shipwreck near Carate
Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis) Bairds Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) White-lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari) Band-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes ruckeri) Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)
Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) Wilsons Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) Northern Black-throated Trogon (Trogon tenellus) - Male White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus) - Male Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi) - Male Black-striped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus) Blue Ground-Dove (Claravis pretiosa) Blue-black Grosbeak (Cyanoloxia cyanoides) - Female Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata) Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi) - Male
Great Tinamou (Tinamus major) Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi) - Female Riverside Wren (Thryothorus semibadius) Rufous Mourner (Rhytipterna holerythra) Semi-terrestrial Hermit Crab (Coenobita compressus) White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris) Great Curassow (Crax rubra) Three-wattled Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculata) Rainforest Rocket Frog (Silverstoneia flotator) Great Tinamou (Tinamus major) White-throated Shrike-Tanager (Lanio leucothorax) - Female
White-throated Shrike-Tanager (Lanio leucothorax) - Male Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager (Habia atrimaxillaris) - Male Chestnut-backed Antbird (Poliocrania exsul) White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus) - Female Great Curassow (Crax rubra) - Female Plain Xenops (Xenops minutus)
Rufous Mourner (Rhytipterna holerythra) Rufous Mourner (Rhytipterna holerythra) Scaly-throated Leaftosser (Sclerurus guatemalensis)

La Sirena is an airstrip and biological station deep within the Corcovado National Park. There are dorms, a small camping area, and meals by reservation. The camp is only a few minutes walk from a vast wild beach with tide pools.


Mexico to Panama

2/25/2009: After a night at Los Patos and a breakfast of crackers, we started the arduous hike across the peninsula to La Sirena. Fortunately, the hike was mostly shaded or we might have died from exertion. We stopped to swim in every crocodile infested river that we could find! By the end of the day, I had drunk over a gallon of water.

We barely arrived in La Sirena in time for dinner.

This species list includes the hike from Los Patos in addition to a full day spent at the La Sirena station.

Previous Visit (Corcovado National Park - Los Patos: 2/24/2009)
Next Visit (Volcan Baru: 3/1/2009)

Species Recorded (93)

Birds ( 85 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis

Tinamous ( Tinamidae )
Little Tinamou - Crypturellus soui
Great Tinamou - Tinamus major

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Common Black-Hawk - Buteogallus anthracinus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Neotropic Cormorant - Nannopterum brasilianum

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Broad-winged Hawk - Buteo platypterus
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
Roadside Hawk - Rupornis magnirostris

Chachalacas, Guans, and Curassows ( Cracidae )
Great Curassow - Crax rubra

New World Quail ( Odontophoridae )
Marbled Wood-Quail - Odontophorus gujanensis

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
Wilson's Plover - Charadrius wilsonia

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Wandering Tattler - Tringa incana

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Blue Ground-Dove - Claravis pretiosa
Ruddy Quail-Dove - Geotrygon montana
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Scarlet Macaw - Ara macao
White-crowned Parrot - Pionus senilis

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Crested Owl - Lophostrix cristata

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Common Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Gray-rumped Swift - Chaetura cinereiventris

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
White-necked Jacobin - Florisuga mellivora
Long-billed Hermit - Phaethornis longirostris
Charming Hummingbird - Polyerata decora
Band-tailed Barbthroat - Threnetes ruckeri

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Northern Black-throated Trogon - Trogon tenellus

Motmots ( Momotidae )
Lessen's Motmot - Momotus lessonii

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Amazon Kingfisher - Chloroceryle amazona
Green Kingfisher - Chloroceryle americana

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Pale-billed Woodpecker - Campephilus guatemalensis
Lineated Woodpecker - Dryocopus lineatus

Ovenbirds ( Furnariidae )
Long-tailed Woodcreeper - Deconychura longicauda
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper - Dendrocincla anabatina
Ruddy Woodcreeper - Dendrocincla homochroa
Streak-headed Woodcreeper - Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
Scaly-throated Leaftosser - Sclerurus guatemalensis
Plain Xenops - Xenops minutus
Black-striped Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus
Cocoa Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus susurrans

Antthrushes and Antpittas ( Formicaridae )
Black-faced Antthrush - Formicarius analis

Antbirds ( Thamnophilidae )
Dusky Antbird - Cercomacroides tyrannina
Chestnut-backed Antbird - Poliocrania exsul
Black-hooded Antshrike - Thamnophilus bridgesi

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Bright-rumped Attila - Attila spadiceus
Boat-billed Flycatcher - Megarynchus pitangua
Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher - Myiobius sulphureipygius
Gray-capped Flycatcher - Myiozetetes granadensis
Northern Bentbill - Oncostoma cinereigulare
Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher - Poecilotriccus sylvia
Rufous Mourner - Rhytipterna holerythra
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet - Tyrannulus elatus

Cotingas ( Cotingidae )
Rufous Piha - Lipaugus unirufus
Three-wattled Bellbird - Procnias tricarunculatus
Masked Tityra - Tityra semifasciata

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Riverside Wren - Cantorchilus semibadius
House Wren - Troglodytes aedon

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
White-browed Gnatcatcher - Polioptila bilineata

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Northern Waterthrush - Parkesia noveboracensis
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Setophaga pensylvanica

Bananaquit ( Coerebinae )
Bananaquit - Coereba flaveola

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Red-legged Honeycreeper - Cyanerpes cyaneus
Gray-headed Tanager - Eucometis penicillata
Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager - Habia atrimaxillaris
White-throated Shrike-Tanager - Lanio leucothorax
White-shouldered Tanager - Loriotus luctuosus
Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra
White-lined Tanager - Tachyphonus rufus
Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Blue-black Grosbeak - Cyanoloxia cyanoides

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Black-striped Sparrow - Arremonops conirostris

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Scarlet-rumped Cacique - Cacicus uropygialis


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