Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Stripe-tailed Hummingbird was a total brainbird for me when it landed on a feeder a few feet away....I knew this bird was new and different, but had no clue what it was off the top of my head. Stripe-taileds were most easily seen at El Toucanet (where this was photographed), a nice lodge at mid-elevation in the Talamancas.

It is one thing to see a new species of bird. It is another to see something you haven't even heard of before. BB&B's Birder In Residence, The Great Ornithologist Felonious Jive, discusses this new addition to the birding lexicon over at 10,000 Birds. Take a look! And if you haven't been by lately, 10,000 Birds (unbeknownst to me) got a completely new makeover while I was in Costa Rica...it looks pretty slick.


  1. There's been a (for most of us) brainbird in New Westminster BC for the past week or so--a Red-flanked Bluetail. On this continent, it should be renamed the Red-flanked Brainbird. I'm going to push for that.

  2. Quit hiding your links in the same color text as the rest of your post. Do you realize the level of nerdery that comes from coining new birding terms?