And no guide this morning. I would go exploring on my own. On the way to Carara the previous morning, we had spotted a lively heron and egret scene at a little brook up the road from the resort. A nice destination for an early morning stroll.
I was not disappointed. Here's a sample of what was there:
Bare-throated tiger heron (adult this time)
and our old friends, the great blue heron (immature)
White ibis (immature)
green heron and cattle egret
Of special note: this teeny tiny green kingfisher, actively plucking minnows from the stream
and a family of purple gallinules.
The area between the highway and the resort is all agricultural land, full of horses (for tourists) and cattle/cattle egrets, a nice change from tramping through the rainforest. Here I could check out some of the common local, (but exotic for me!) birds, including the groove-billed ani (I would see its cousin, the smooth-billed ani during a short visit to Quepos)
the tiny inca dove, with its scaly appearance
and best of all, the gray hawk, tolerating a pretty close encounter.
On the walk back, I heard a song that made me stop short. Could that be an Eastern meadowlark? And wait, could that be a yellow-throated vireo? Listen for yourself. Dreams of Massachusetts meadows in June...