|Birding at Poas Lodge by Gary Hunter|
In late February 2011 Danny Smith and I (accompanied by our very patient spouses) stayed at Poas Lodge for four nights (the last stop on a a two-week trip that was otherwise devoted to the Caribbean lowlands). Poas Lodge proved to be one of the real highlights of the trip: charming, comfortable accommodations; excellent dining; a genuinely warm ambiance; and attentive, friendly service. And the birding was great!
During November 2010 Samuel Jaffe posted a description of his birding experience at Poas Lodge and Poas National Park, including a list of species he encountered. It's a great starting point for any birder visiting the lodge. I thought I'd supplement his report with our list of species seen at and near the lodge, including the road toward Poas National Park, the trails in the National Park, the road toward Poasito (especially the two bridges crossing streams), and even the hummingbird feeders at the Garden Park in Poasito and at Restaurante El Volcan (also in Poasito). It's important to note that Patrick O'Donnell (a skilled birding guide) was instrumental in lengthening this list significantly! We saw even more species along the newly reconstructed road to (and through Cinchona), and birders staying in the lodge with access to transportation should seriously consider a few hours along that route (formerly, and perhaps still, Highway 126).