First a Turkey Vulture soared overhead like a messenger from God, then 3 simple birds landed in 3 different trees and I felt close to God during breakfast today – even without colorful, rare or gorgeous birds – just plain birds smiling at me as I smiled back!
Birds in My Garden at Breakfast Today
My heart is like a singing bird.
And tomorrow morning, Saturday, I leave for Palo Verde National Park. See yesterday’s post for more information.
I took my camera out for a later breakfast today and though earlier is better, I did get shots of these three familiar friends. I include two of the dove because front view and back view is always different! Click image to see larger.
Hope is the thing with feathers
‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land – And on the strangest Sea – Yet – never – in Extremity, It asked a crumb – of me.
Another busy day today with Spanish Class here and minor surgery in Alajuela, but always time to photo a bird in my garden! 🙂 The above photo is of a Montezuma Oropendolasitting in my Guarumo or Cecropia Tree – my favorite place to watch birds, but unfortunately the light (for photos) is not good there, especially in the morning. They nest in our neighborhood visiting occasionally. And the bird below in my Yellow Bell Tree is a Melodious Blackbird. And I saw a squirrel cuckoo this morning, but didn’t get a shot.
Minor surgery? My dermatologist just went a little deeper on a growth removal for a biopsy. Only two stitches. If it turns out to be cancer, he will go even deeper next time to make sure he gets it all. An almost routine thing for us older people! 🙂 Otherwise I’m very healthy after a great week in a rainforest.
Tomorrow I have breakfast with the niece of David & Lynne Wells (Nashville friends) and her husband, child & nanny. They’ve rented a gorgeous house with an infinity pool for a week here in Atenas and using my driver, Walter, to take them to a few sights (volcano, waterfalls, beach & fishing) on top of resting here with possibly the best vista in Atenas. A great vacation plan! 🙂
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.~Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cinnamon Hummingbird Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Turquoise-browed Motmot Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica My first to see in Costa Rica, though I saw many in Nicaragua.
White-tipped Dove Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica I almost called them Inca for the scaling, but white tips on tails ID them.
Warbler of Some Kind (I’m pretty sure but hard to ID) Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Hoffman’s Woodpecker Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Blue-gray Tanager Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Boat-billed Flycatcher Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica Several flycatchers look similar, but the bill and red cap ID this one.
Melodious BlackbirdCerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica Very similar to Bronze Cowbird which has red eyes an this one doesn’t. Only the Melodious Blackbird has everything black, eyes, bill, feet.
Cerro Lodge Entrance Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Last time I stayed down here it was at Villa Lapas which further off the highway,
closer to Tarcoles, & deeper in the forest, but services and facilities are similar.
This one is actually in the middle of an upscale housing development but with
plenty of land for privacy and lots of birds. The gate is like what the neighbors
have to enter their mansions. Good friendly service, views, birds and food.
I’m saving the birds photographed at Carara National Park for tomorrow since I got a lot at the lodge and the park was my last stop before going home. Some nice birds at the park this time! Better than my last trip there.
The balcony of my new house is providing a lot of birds, I just haven’t had time to sit still and wait on them for photos. Here’s 5 made in about a week, plus the hummingbird and toucan shown earlier. 7!
White-winged Dove He ties with Yigüirro as the most heard birds. His is a coo-coo coo cooooooo
Yigüirro or Clay-colored Thrush Day and night I hear him with his Tch, Tch, Tch, Tch or Toc, Toc, Toc, Toc The National Bird of Costa Rica
Melodious Blackbird My bird sounds app doesn’t have this one, but “melodious” must be happy! The only all-black bird in Costa Rica with dark eye, shaking rainwater off here.
Gray-capped Flycatcher He kind of squeaks in the morning among all the other bird sounds then more of a chirp during the day
White-tipped Dove His sound is not as noticed, a low-pitched uuuuuuu His tail tip is white while above dove’s wing’s white
And if you’re wondering about the sounds, I got a new app for my phone, “The Bird Sounds of Costa Rica.” Cool! Maybe I will begin to recognize more of them now. For more information, check your app source (I got it from GooglePlays) or direct from the birdsounds website in the Netherlands: http://www.birdsounds.nl/ They have a bunch for all around the world.