But One other New Yard – 10,000 Birds


Nomadic life is slowly and certainly taking root on our finish, and this brings its justifiable share of challenges. All fades below the blinding lights of recent yard birds, nevertheless. Common readers will likely be effectively conscious that I’m an enormous fan of sitting at residence, sipping espresso, and birding. The advantages of long-term commentary of the identical birds have fertilized my psyche in methods I by no means thought doable. Quite a few weblog posts have been written concerning the birds I see day by day – you may take a look at the fruits of our rewilding mission in a residential space here and the final time we modified yard here.

This time, we’re again in Trinidad and have relocated to a picturesque lodge within the very coronary heart of the island. The thick melodies of Cocoa and Spectacled Thrushes are usually the primary sounds below the lightening sky. Orange-winged Parrots could also be ample elsewhere, however right here their presence is wholly overshadowed by an incredible combined flock of Crested Oropendola and Yellow-rumped Cacique. These gregarious icterids have a day by day commute that crosses the property right here, and every morning and night they journey from tree to tree in wave after wave of chatter and flutter. Your complete passage lasts nearly an hour, throughout which one could observe an uncountable variety of Fork-tailed Flycatchers additionally flying overhead on their respective commute.

Swifts are aplenty, one is more likely to see Grey-rumped, Band-rumped, or Brief-tailed Swift looking bugs every morning. A couple of days in the past there was a flock of roughly thirty White-collared Swifts using air currents over the property. I hadn’t seen these giant swifts in a few years however occurred to land nice views of two flocks on two consecutive days. Attention-grabbing.

One step away from swifts are hummingbirds, and at the least 13 species of those winged jewels flutter about from dawn to sundown. Feeders aren’t a major characteristic right here, as there are ample flowers each on giant timber in addition to cultivated areas inside the property. Actually, a part of the operations right here includes the sale of flowers – so there’s greater than sufficient nectar to go round.

White-necked Jacobin

A sizeable vervain/verbena attracts a number of species to the principle entrance, together with Blue-chinned Sapphire, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, and Tufted Coquette. I’ve introduced many a visitor right here over time, and it has usually confirmed tough to prise them away from this hedge as soon as check-in was accomplished. To get round this, I both depart the afternoon free – or verify in in the course of the evening.

Tufted Coquette

Arriving right here in the course of the nighttimes presents its personal cadre of obstacles, nevertheless. Widespread Pauraques sit on the roadway, so stopping to admire these is inescapable. Even having a dialog at evening can show tough, as we are sometimes interrupted by the wail of a Widespread Potoo, or the intermittent hooting of a Tropical Screech-Owl. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are pretty widespread as effectively, solely final evening a Barn Owl shrieked because it flew over. A couple of nights prior, we have been chatting with a shopper of mine listening to a not-so-distant Mottled Owl when it immediately stopped calling. Seconds later, the unmistakeable silent silhouette of an owl glided overhead and over the alternative treeline.

A pair of Channel-billed Toucans dries off after one of many many showers of rain we’ve been having not too long ago. They aren’t ample by any means, however however are both seen or heard day by day.

If birds aren’t your factor, there are numerous different creatures that occupy this place. From all manners of spider to beetle to frog to bat – there’s something for everybody. Right here stays one of many few locations we have now seen a Mole’s Day Gecko – one of many smallest lizards on earth. Bigger reptiles are also in abundance, together with a number of skinks and floor lizards, Gold Tegus, and Inexperienced Iguanas. I even noticed a sleeping capybara this morning!

Undoubtedly nevertheless, the celebs of the present are the birds. Turquoise Tanagers rocket previous as I sort this, and a pair of White-winged Becards interrupted our peaceable breakfast a short time in the past. Plumbeous Kites wheel overhead, and yesterday a pale morph Brief-tailed Hawk dive-bombed one thing within the backyard. A couple of days in the past I used to be listening to the diminutive Brief-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant from frustratingly shut by, however I didn’t get a visible earlier than a sudden downpour of rain arrived. The property boasts a chicken record of over 160 species – and within the couple weeks we’ve been right here we added yet one more: Nice Black Hawk. These giant raptors are literally fairly uncommon on Trinidad however appear to be breeding close by as one of many sightings was of a juvenile.

Sure, Crimson-bellied Macaws not solely mate on the property, however nest right here too!

Stands of huge timber appeal to the biggest woodpecker in T&T: Crimson-crested Woodpecker.

Routine sightings of Lilac-tailed Parrotlet are of flocks screaming a whole lot of toes overhead, so it was unimaginable to spend hours with this small group of 12-15 birds as they preened, huddled, and bickered.

All this to say that I look ahead to soaking within the presence of a brand new forged of yard birds. Going out birding stays an choice, as this new location places me in prime place to entry many websites that beforehand required a commute of greater than an hour.



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