Sunday, February 15, 2015

Paraiso Quetzal Lodge

Our Prevost's sparrow morning ended with an excellent breakfast buffet at the Bougainvillea Hotel restaurant.  The yogurt was the best I have had in recent memory.  Why can't we have yogurt like this?

I think these flowers are in the orchid family.  In any event, they're beautiful.

Paradiso Quetzal Lodge was on the itinerary again this year.  Last year this was one of my favorite mornings because it involved a long walk through woods and pasture to view the Resplendent Quetzal.  Sadly, for me, that walk was not on the agenda this year.  But, its a great mid-day stop for its hummingbird feeders and lunch.  This year we got to hike by walking the road into the lodge and saw our life pair of Black and Yellow Silky-flycatchers (Phainopila melanoxantha).  

Sign greeting visitors at the entrance road to the lodge.

Male black and yellow silky-flycatcher.

Female black and yellow silky-flycatcher.

Magnificent hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens)

Again, but alighting on a branch.

Fiery-throated hummingbird (Panterpe insignis)

Approaching the feeder.

View from the lodge grounds.

The ubiquitous Rufous-collared sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis).

Food at Paraiso Quetzal Lodge is healthy and good and there were non-birding diners who made their way down the bumpy road for lunch. Lunch was topped off by great Costa Rican coffee, which the lodge also sells in their gift area.  

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