“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”
― Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir
My new home offers a serene immersion in nature; the birds – many of them new to me – stop by often, as if to pay proper respect to the newcomer. This post shares some of those birds – one species, if the ID is correct, appears to be quite special!
The RED LIST states:
Population: This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available. It is considered generally uncommon.
Trend Justification: A moderately rapid and on-going population decline is suspected owing to habitat loss.”
And here is its range map: EBIRD-Orange Fronted Barbet
If you like birds, then scroll on down and meet more of the feathered members of the neighborhood!
“The Neighborhood’ is pictured below:
Home sweet home; this is the yen to Casa Loca, yet it also represents a total immersion in nature. It provides a perfect setting for the next chapter.
Look out the window:
“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.” – Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays
There is an impressive buffer of natural and planted vegetation between the house and the lake. Would you like to walk down to explore the grounds with me? Perhaps we’ll see a few birds!
Let’s identify the birds!
Towering bamboo, palms and hardwood trees provide a diverse environment, as do the fruit trees – lemon, orange, grapefruit, tamarind, starfruit, cashew, breadfruit – and don’t forget the coffee cherries!
All photos – aside from the first shot of the owl – were taken either from a window in the house or from the yard, which stretches all the way down to the lake. The 7-kilometer long lake is known in Ecuador as “Poza Honda.”
The house I am renting is part of Casa Poza Honda. There is a second house used for tourism and has three bedrooms – $35 per night for a single or $30 per person for a double. Breakfast is not included, but there is a kitchen on each floor! It’s too ‘new’ for TripAdvisor, but I’ll write soon with lodging information on that house.
Thanks for taking time to explore the grounds with me! There is more to share – photos of the trails through their coffee and cacao plantings — and perhaps a coffee cherry-picking experience.
It will be several more weeks before I’m settled, so until then, Z will have a mostly-silent online presence. I’ll probably be offline until Sunday. Have a great weekend, everyone!