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How bird full is Costa Rica? Seriously.

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 06:37 pm
I have a work colleague who has booked a tour to Costa Rica.

She is a very intelligent and delightful woman. (Who wants to get married and have babies in the next three years, so anyone knowing any seriously eligible Costa Rican men just drop me a line, Ok? Oh, she's seriously easy on the eye, too...but I know Costa Rican men are too evolved to care about that.)

However, she has a serious bird phobia and wants to be prepared. Seriously, she has a fear index scale based on flutteriness, unpredictability, how likely bird is to stand its ground or flee etc. It's kind of hilarious, but she is really scared.

Are birds a big thing in Costa Rica? Do you run into them a lot in cities? Are they well mannered and appropriately fearful of humans? Do any of them swoop you like magpies do here? Can they largely be avoided unless you go on tours to see fauna?
 
roger
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 08:21 pm
@dlowan,
She's Australian and worried about birds in Costa Rica? Seriously?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 08:41 pm
@roger,
I've not been in Costa Rica, I wish, but have spent a few weeks in Guatemala.
I was more afraid of the giant cockroach in the bathroom of the convent we stayed at.

I have been in the jungle, so called, but not hiked it, pampered tourists that we were, elementary vintage plane to get to Tikal, puff puff. We did get to be friends with the archeology tour guide at Tikal, who had hiked and thumbed from Rio to there, a brit who married a native..wonder how she is now.

I don't remember birds all over the place, but do remember the bird songs.

How to advise your friend, I don't know, but I don't remember any attacking birds.

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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 09:06 pm
@dlowan,
Don't people go to Costa Rica specifically to see birds?
Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 09:18 pm
If you want the pithy version, there is a shitload of birds in Costa Rica. There are bird tours in Costa Rica.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about birds in Costa Rica.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Costa_Rica

Is there a place without birds? Dunno. I sincerely doubt that any tropical or semitropical place would be short on birds.
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 10:59 pm
@roger,
Seriously. She's PHOBIC. It's not rational. She's worried about birds everywhere
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 11:00 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

Don't people go to Costa Rica specifically to see birds?


Not this little black duck.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 11:01 pm
@Roberta,
****! She'd better not go in the northern winter!
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Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 12:05 am
Sorry, I just had to.

dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 12:50 am
@Blickers,
I suspect that is pretty much how she feels about birds!

Phobias seem funny until you share one!

I thought everyone shared my feelings about blood and injury for years.
Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 06:32 pm
@dlowan,
deb, I remember reading about a tropical island whose bird population was decimated by an invasion of nonnative snakes. Guam. I don't know if the avian population has made a comeback.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 06:47 pm
@dlowan,
German friends of mine have moved to Costa Rica and just about every day they post pictures of many, many birds - beautiful birds, that roam around Costa Rica.
If she really has such a huge bird phobia, she should not go!
dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 07:38 pm
@CalamityJane,
Blimey. Not sure if I dare tell her.

Are they fluttery in your face don't move when you walk at them birds?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 07:52 pm
@dlowan,
How did she manage to book a trip to Costa Rica without discovering it's famous for its birding? Seriously. One google on Costa Rica and it's birds, birding, birding tours, bird lists ...
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 08:36 pm
@dlowan,
No, I don't think so, they are just around trees and won't bother with people. I'd be much more concerned about these huge geckos and chameleons, or snakes. Birds are a harmless lot there....
Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 09:04 pm
I'm sure the birds in Costa Rica must be better than those rude, loutish Canada geese that cause so much trouble in so many Northern countries. I'm sure your friend will be fine with the well-mannered Costa Rican avians.

dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jun, 2016 03:58 am
@Blickers,
Hmmmmmm
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jun, 2016 04:00 am
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:

No, I don't think so, they are just around trees and won't bother with people. I'd be much more concerned about these huge geckos and chameleons, or snakes. Birds are a harmless lot there....


One hopes so.. We all keep trying to get her to let us cure her phobia....she's happy for me to do EMDR but she doesn't want classic exposure therapy

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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jun, 2016 04:01 am
@ehBeth,
I have no idea.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jun, 2016 08:13 am
@dlowan,
Lots of birds in Costa Rica but they are easily avoided. At some beaches there will be flocks of parrots in the trees but the only time a bird has ever come close to me is on a tour when they are in cages.
 

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