Local hikes this December-January 2023-24 with a birding friend from British Columbia . . . Here’s a linked small gallery for each, represented with one photo from each and the linked date & place headings (or the photo) to go to that gallery . . .
All four were good experiences and good hikes with the steepest or most uphill hiking being at Madre Verde. We saw the most birds on Hwy 707 in Atenas though I lost nearly half my photos and the gallery doesn’t show all we saw. Margaret probably got photos of more than 25 species there, which for locals who don’t use highway numbers, it is the road between Cruz Roja and Hacienda Atenas. I got my most butterfly shots at Madre Verde where we heard dozens of birds but could not see or photograph because of the thick forest and too many leaves and limbs hiding them! This is another example of FINDING NATURE CLOSE TO HOME! :-) And I’m thankful we have warm weather year around here, unlike my friends to the north who are freezing right now! :-)