“Buenos dias! We wondered if anyone would ever awaken this morning!”
Mindo Ecuador – My friend “Hummingbird” Barb calls my friends’ property a bird sanctuary. Join us in a cyber birding tour and let us know if you agree with her description! Sometimes words are an intrusion, especially when watching birds, so we’ll save the stories for another post!
“Yes, I’m pretty, but would you like for me to sing for you?”
“I like – BIRDS!”
A little music might be appropriate if we keep the volume low!
Let’s start in the ginger gardens near Casa Colibri! (Hummingbird House)
Breakfast of delicate ginger nectar!
Look who’s taking a morning bath in the ginger leaves!
OK; I’m ready for breakfast now! Do you like my beautiful plumage?
Nature provides lovely palettes of color. – Blue Necked Tanager
Sometimes the hummingbirds slam into windows. Almost always they awaken from their temporary stupor then suddenly dart back to their environment.
“I had the strangest dream about a human peering at me through a box-like intrument.”
“I’ll sit over here in the sun, and maybe they’ll notice me too!”
“No, look over here; we toucans like to watch over the area.”
“We like to perch in this this cluster of trees by the pond.”
“HEY! What about me over here by the footbridge?”
“While you’re looking up there, I’ll sneak around by the kitchen and raid the bananas!”
“And I’ll watch those thieving toucans from the guava tree!”
“Neighborhood watch – at your service!”
There are so many lovely birds – many in need of identification!
“Youch! I think I’ll just sit here for a while.”
Look at this cutie high in the bottle-brush tree!
This one has a dusting of gold on its head!
What cute puffs of feathers you have for boots!
A breakfast of jasmine nectar!
If you stop and look around, you’ll be rewarded with bird sightings.
There’s the golden cap again!
This swallow foraged by the balcony!
The black-striped sparrow is quite handsome.
Bananaquits are some of my favorites.
As often as possible, I send photos to Jim and Julie to help bridge the distance between their Mindo property and where they are in the USA. Julie is slowly regaining her strength and is happy that Jim and cats are finally there with her. With over 400 species of birds in the Mindo cloud forest area, I look forward to capturing many more with the camera. We’ve spotted some very special birds, but I’m hoping for better photos to confirm the sightings! Stay tuned!
Blue gray tanager
Jim and Julie hope to find a buyer who will continue with their vision to keep the property as a natural wildlife reserve. As Barbara noted, it is definitely a bird sanctuary! For more views of the property, this little blue bird (above) will be your guide! Start HERE: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME.
“Come back soon!”