The number one spot for most observations of invidvidual birds in the 2018 bird monitoring (unsurpsingly) goes to: the Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys) with 226 observations (223 heard, 3 seen). This is not surprising because this species has been in the top position since 2011!
What’s surprising is that we don’t have any good pictures of it in our picture data base, so we use one from wikipedia here. (If you were able to take a good picture of a Gray-breasted Wood-Wren in Santa Lucía feel free to donate it to us so that we can use for future publications.)
This little Wood-Wren is indeed common in all parts of the reserve across the whole elevation gradient (1.300m – 2.500m). It is typically found in pairs roaming the understory, looking for insects. Its songs and calls are omnipresents and can be heard all through the day. With some patience it is fairly easy to see … if you hear it calling somewhere near, just wait and look from where the sound is coming and wait for the Wrens to move. They’re jumping around hunting insects calling each other, but rarely sit still enough for a good picture. (They’re not Trogons after all!) It’s also not necessary to walk far if you want to see it, it is abundant around the lodge as well … although reluctant to leave the forest understorey.