We should reach our next destination for lunch, and this is in the birding-famous Laguna del Lagarto Lodge. While eating lunch, we may get views of Keel-billed Toucan, Yellow-throated Toucan, Collared Aracari, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Brown-hooded Parrot and White-crowned Parrot, quite common at the deck of the restaurant. Photo opportunities are good.
We will spend the afternoon in the gardens of the hotel, where we have an excellent chance to see King Vulture, Olive-throated Parakeet, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Semiplumbeous Hawk, Central American Pygmy-Owl, Slaty-tailed Trogon and Black-throated Trogon. The fruit feeders at this lodge are possibly the best designed in the country as they are located way above ground and attract a wide variety of birds from the canopy of the forest like Collared Aracari, Yellow-throated Toucan, Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Brown-hooded Parrot, Black-cowled Oriole, Olive-backed Euphonia among others. Even rarities like Tiny Hawk and Gray-bellied Hawk have been recorded from the lodge restaurant.
This hotel grounds offer perhaps the most exciting birding on the Caribbean slope and recently proved to be the only reliable location for Tawny-faced Quail in all the country.
Early morning on our second day we will walk the trails here looking for Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant, Great Curassow, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Pied Puffbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Ocellated Antbird, Collared Forest-Falcon, Barred Forest-Falcon, Cinnamon Woodpecker, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker and Central American Pygmy-Owl. Great Green Macaw is likely to be a common sighting in this location. Other species we should find this morning include Cocoa Woodcreeper, Black-striped Woodcreeper, Red-capped Manakin, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Band-backed Wren, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Crimson-collared Tanager among others.
Lunch will be around 12:30 PM followed by a two-hour break as the afternoon cools.
The afternoon will be followed by a drive to a nearby location where our main targets will be Red-breasted Meadowlark, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch and Snowy Cotinga. Other species we should find this afternoon include Green Shrike-Vireo, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Black-headed Saltator, Tawny-crested Tanager, Rufous Mourner, Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant and others. We will return to the hotel around 5:30 PM. After dark, we will try for Black-and-white Owl, Crested Owl and Spectacled Owl with dinner and a review of the bird checklist will occur around 7:30 PM.