Monday, February 19, 2007
December 21, 2006. Monteverde, Costa Rica. The feeders at Monteverde were not just for hummingbirds. The cute little Bananaquit also was a common visitor. We were told that this bird would show its intelligence when the water level in a feeder got too low for its shorter bill to reach. Supposedly several of them would perch all on one side of a feeder to tilt the feeder and make it deeper on their side. Even harder to believe, we were also told that one would quickly alternate perching on one side and then the other to create a wave action and thus get to drink.
December 20, 2006. Monteverde, Costa Rica. Outside the entrance to the Monteverde park area there is an approximately 30x15 foot area with nearly 10 hummingbird feeders. There were about 30 hummingbirds from a half dozen different species constantly buzzing around. Many would fly right by your head so that you could even feel the wind from their wings. It was a really remarkable experience.
December 20, 2006. Monteverde, Costa Rica. We went on a "twilight walk" just after arriving in Monteverde. It started at 5:30PM and so was mostly in the dark, led by a guide with a very strong flashlight. The walk was advertised as one in which we would find wildlife, but I hadn't expected to find sleeping birds. This Orange-bellied Trogon was a welcome find, and despite the very bright light, neither it or any of the other birds seen, awoke.
This White-Throated Magpie-Jay was a welcome visitor to the outdoor
breakfast at the Tamarindo Diria in Tamarindo, Costa Rica on December 20,
2006. There were two that would come by. One was skittish but the other, apparently used to the people, would take food from your hand. It's really a gorgeous bird.