Woodpecker Helps ID Tree

Though I was planning to ask the gardener at the hotel Monday after I arrive, I’m satisfied that I have now identified “the big tree” at Best Western San Jose. First, my driver Walter told me that he was pretty sure it is a “Laurel de la India” tree (“Indian Laurel” in English), I decided to research it online. One of the sites had a photo of its seasonal yellow berries and I said to myself, “That is it!” I then checked my photos of a female Hoffman’s Woodpecker (eBird link) and sure enough, the same berries and leaves in both photos. Tree positively identified! 🙂

Female Hoffman’s Woodpecker in the Indian Laurel Tree

In this age of the internet, I again find that different websites have different information on this Indian Laurel Tree, also called a Ficus microcarpa on some websites, but if you look up the Spanish name, Laurel de la India, they call it a Ficus benjamina which would be Benjamin Ficus in English or a first cousin to the other Ficus, but still a little confusing. 🙂

Laurel de la India or Indian Laurel — Ficus microcarpa or Ficus benjamina.

And, if you are really into trees, see my Costa Rica Trees photo gallery.

¡Pura Vida!

7 Replies to “Woodpecker Helps ID Tree”

  1. I absolutely love this tree. We had room #405 with a perfect view of this treasure. I’m looking forward to staying there again in June.

    1. Deborah, I’m sure that you will enjoy it again, regardless of which room. Each room has a different view of this great Indian Laurel Tree.

    1. Thanks Mary! And you are right about viewing pleasure, even with only one good eye now, views of nature are very special to me, especially a tree that attracts a lot of birds! 🙂

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