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Wood Thrush territory

Posted on Dec 15, 2013

On Thursday, December 12, during the first banding session at Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve we caught a Wood Thrush, one of our Neotropical migrants.

Wood Thrush banded-001

What’s special about catching this species is it’s supposed to be a Caribbean slope migrant and at Cabo Blanco we’re on the Pacific slope. The other intriguing thing is that it’s only supposed to be a passage migrant, meaning that by early November it’s supposed to have left Costa Rica. This is the third year in a row we have witnessed this.

It draws attention to the fact that we are still very unaware of where these Neotropical migrants are going and why. This is why this type of work is so important because without a clear picture we can’t attempt to make an complete effort in conserving these species.

Sean Graesser
RTPI Affiliate
Photo © Twan Leenders