Thursday, February 23, 2012
The skies are clear, the sun is shining with gentle easterly breezes. Yes, dry season is a upon us and it is one of the nicest times to visit Belize and Chan Chich Lodge. And the Shower of Gold orchid is blooming! This particular one was photographed in our back yard. Since this was a "rescue orchid" found on the forest floor, we tucked it in the crotch of this spanish cedar tree. It's taken hold quite nicely and just beginning to flower -- a great sign of "spring."
Thursday, February 16, 2012
When we first put out the feeders 20 years ago, we had no takers. We dumped out the spoiling nectar weekly. It took a Ruby-throat, familiar with feeders in North America, to show the way. It's amazing that a tiny bird on migration recognized a feeder, but it did. Once the Rufous-tails saw the Ruby-throats cleaning up at the feeders, they were quickly on board. And from there it just grew and grew. These days we often go through a quart of nectar daily ... and that is conservative! If we kept the feeders constantly topped up, it would be twice that! When they are ready for more nectar, the hummers fly to the doors ... or the windows ... or bombard us to make sure we get the message!