We found a new bird for Costa Rica!

The hooded merganser at Poco Sol Lagoon, January 2012
What the juvenile will look like as an adult

By Julia Matamoros Alvarado, MCLUS Board member

When MCLUS board member, Tom Newmark, and I accompanied the management team from NBO Shoes stores who were visiting Pocosol Station of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, we had the privelage of seeing this new species that was recently registered for the first time in Costa Rica. The wonderful guide Edgar who was accompanying the group spotted it across the Pocosol lake. It seems this individual likes it here because he has been observed there since the beginning of Jan. Very exciting! When I got the following email a few days ago I never imagined I would have the opportunity to see it so soon. We were able to see it very well through Edgar’s telescope but good photos were elusive.


[Added by Rowan Eisner]

The new merganser was at Poco Sol for the whole of January, at least. Erick Bello, a guide who takes groups on hikes from Monteverde to Poco Sol, spotted it and sent a photo to Julio Sánchez of the Unión de Ornitólogos of Costa Rica. He took a trip to Poco Sol and sent this wonderful photo and officially identified the bird – an new one for the Costa Rica list. It was officially accepted on 8 February 2012.

This is taken from: http://listaoficialavesdecostarica.wordpress.com/nuevos-registros/

Lophodytes cucullatus Hooded Merganser*

New species for Costa Rica

01`02 Jan,2012, We have received a report and evidence from Paulo Segura Camacho about his observation of an individual in a small lake at the Pocosol Station, Children’s Eternal Rainforest, La Tigra , San Carlos, Alajuela


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