It’s impossible not to do bird watching in Monteverde.  Whether you’re sitting in “silence” at a Quaker meeting, trying to concentrate on a science lesson, or enjoying a passion-fruit cheesecake at Stella’s Bakery, they’re all around, part of the visual and acoustic fabric of the community.  We wake up to their song, enjoy them on the walk to work, and, in the case below, weave them into our fundraising events.

During this year’s Caminata (walkathon), long-time Monteverde resident and current meeting clerk Katy Van Dusen took up a challenge to identify birds as she walked up to San Gerardo look-out.  Where some of us might be lucky to distinguish five or ten species, Katy identified an astounding 49 species.  We thought you might enjoy her list below (migrant species in bold):

1. Gray-headed Chachalaca
2. Black Guan
3. Black Vulturebird watching in monteverde
4. King Vulture
5. Swallow-tailed Kite
6. Barred Hawk
7. Red-billed Pigeon
8. Band-tailed Pigeon
9. White-tipped Dove
10. White-collared Swift
11. Vaux’s Swift
12. Green Violetear
13. Steely-vented Hummingbird
14. Resplendant Quetzal
15. Blue-crowned Motmot
16. Keel-billed Toucan
17. Pale-billed Woodpecker
18. Yellow-headed Caracara
19. Brown-hooded Parrot
20. Crimson-fronted Parakeet
21. Yellow-belied Flycatcher
22. Boat-billed Flycatcher
23. Social Flycatcher
24. Three-wattled Bellbird
25. Long-tailed Manakin
26. Masked Tityra
27. Brown Jay
28. Blue-and-white Swallow
29. House Wren
30. Rufous-and-white Wren
31. Black-faced Solitaire
32. Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush
33. Swainson’s Thrush
34. Mountain Thrush
35. Clay-colored Thrush
36. Ovenbird
37. Olive-crowned Yellowthroat
38. Wilson’s Warbler
39. Slate-throated Redstart
40. Blue-gray Tanager
41. Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
42. Common Chlorospingus
43. Rufous-collared Sparrow
44. Yellow-faced Grassquit
45. White-eared Ground-Sparrow
46. Great-tailed Grackle
47. Yellow-crowned Euphonia
48. Yellow-throated Euphonia
49. Golden-browed Chlorophonia