Millions of folks maintain backyard bird feeders in the USA, Canada, and Europe. The finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, and a nuthatch or two that come to seed and suet help brighten the backyard and are easy to watch while enjoying a morning cup of a coffee.
In Costa Rica, although some birds do come in to seed, many more come to feeders that are stocked with bananas, papaya, and other types of fruit.
The species that come to feeders vary by habitat and the amount of forest near the feeder. In general, the more the forest, the more the birds that come to the feeder but even hotel gardens can see a healthy number of beautiful birds coming to their feeders.
Ask a hotel if it puts out a banana or two for the birds and if so, keep the camera ready for pictures of tanagers, saltators, euphonias, thrushes, woodpeckers, and in some places, toucans!
To identify the exotic birds you see in Costa Rica, get the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide app for just $9.99!
Available in the iTunes store and the Amazon Android store.