Great New Nature Hike Road Above Montezuma

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, January 27, 2013

We are trying to get up in the morning and do some sort of exercise before it gets too hot.  Of course, "gets too hot" is a relative term.  It is in the 80's from about 6:30 a.m. on.  The highest we have seen on our thermometer in our room is 88! 

So, knowing this, we have been getting up around 5:30, cup of coffee, gather things up and set off.  We did two hikes downhill, the ruta de evacuation and a walk about town.  Robert suggested we head up from Luna Llena and see what we could see.  Headed out and made it around two curves and there was a road heading off to the right.

Decided to take a chance and see what was down that road.  Came to a place in the road where there were water lines that looked like there were some repairs necessary.  We crossed over the mud spots and continued on.  The road headed upward but we did not see any signs warning us not to trespass.

There are signs that this road is being improved quite possibly to develop, ie, telephone poles in place but no wires as of yet. 

We decided it was a good birding road because you could hear the sound of birds all around.  The chachalacas were sounding off,  and the magpie jays were being bombarded by the scissor-tailed flycatchers.

This hike also treated us to some new birds we had not yet seen.  We heard  a hummingbird and Robert was the first to spot it, a blue throated goldentail hummingbird.  It has a very distinctive bill, coral red with a black tip. It sat on a limb for the longest time just singing or humming its heart out.  We had read about "lekking" which is when the males gather and try to attract a female.  Didn't see any other males but he sure seemed to be doing his best to attract a mate.

We also got to see the masked tityra putting on quite a show for us moving from tree to tree.  We hiked/birded for about hour and a half stopping when we heard a bird and saw movement in the trees.  Stopped for a snack where Robert had seen a parrot slide down a palm frond on tree into a hole quite possibly a nest.

The area we walk on is shaded in the early morning for over half of the walk and so is a nice place to be in the early morning.  The walk is uphill for parts of the walk which makes it nice coming back because it is downhill pretty  much until you get to the stairs back up to our room.

We have made this a great early morning walk after a cup of coffee.  We take snacks with us and then have a "brunch" when we return.  It works out well for me because the kitchen is empty and not yet as hot as it could be.  The shower is always refreshing after all of this.

The road is in the shade for a good part of the walk especially at this time of the morning.  There are a variety of trees which also makes for different types of birds being attracted to the area.
We also got to see a group of masked tityra, parrots and several other birds as well.

We stopped for a rest near a palm tree that Robert suspects may have a parrot nest inside because he saw a parrot slide down a frond and into the tree.

We heard the trogon but did not see it on this first hike but can hope we will on further hikes. Of course this also goes for the mot mots and any other birds that come our way.  The nice thing about this hike is for the most part it is all downhill until you have to climb the stair at Luna Llena to get back to our room.

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