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Sunday, June 17, 2018

BREEDING MALE BLUE GROSBEAK, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this bird  as a breeding male Blue Grosbeak by its overall deep blue color; small black mask in front of eyes; large, black-and-silver triangular bill and chestnut wing bars (you can see one of these wing bars in the first photo).
   Blue Grosbecks breed along roads and open areas.  They build their nest low in small trees, shrubs, tangles of vines, or briars.  The Blue Grosbeak is a migratory bird.  It nesting grounds are across most of the United States and much of northern Mexico, migrating South to Central Amerca and in very small numbers to northern South America.
   The Blue Grosbeck is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 788.