Birding the local area

Birding the local area

Near Rancho Naturalista  there are several top birding sites. Locations such as Rio Tuis, Cerro Silencio, La Mina, Laguna Angostura and C.A.T.I.E are all certainly worth spending some time. It is not surprising that these trips are popular. Please note that all tours are subject to the availability of transportation and guides.

BT0_7301La Mina

Ever wanted to see a Sunbittern? La Mina probably offers your best chance in Costa Rica to see this secretive river bird, amongst Torrent Tyrannulet, American Dipper, migrant Waterthrushes and sometimes, good tanager flocks.

Duration: 2+ Hours
Distance: 20 minutes from Rancho

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You can hike the trail into the vast forest reserve (4113 ha) of the Zona Protectora Rio Tuis for just a few hours to an entire day. The birding is excellent all along! Great mixed tanager flocks and a variety of raptors are always present, while higher up you can find Azure-hooded Jays, and Spangle-cheeked Tanagers. It is also the most reliable locale in the country to try your luck for the enigmatic Lanceolated Monklet.

Duration: 2+ Hours
Distance: 20 minutes or less from Rancho

DSC_4708C.A.T.I.E

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (C.A.T.I.E) offers a chance to see birds you definitely won’t see at Rancho – aquatic birds such as Boat-billed Herons and Purple Gallinules make their home here. Watch for the “secretive” Green Ibises feeding in the open on the lawns!! The open setting is great for photography.

Duration: 2+ Hours
Distance: 30 minutes from Rancho

Base of Cerro SilencioBulborhynchus lineola (7)- silencio

The hike all the way up takes the whole day, but birding just the base is extremely productive with great tanager flocks, possible Red-fronted Parrotlets, raptors such as both Hawk-Eagles and a host of other birds seen easier here than at Rancho due to higher altitude.

Duration: 2+ Hours
Distance: 30 minutes or so from Rancho