I gotta give it to the birds flying around here these days…they are some smart animals. They know it’s crazy to stay in a place that turns cold for 6 months out of the year. And they know the perfect place to winter is Costa Rica. Because my house is literally set against a jungle landscape, I don’t have to go very far to see (and hear) an abundance of resident and migrating birds. From every window in my house, I can see them flying around and from the rooftop terrace, I can literally spend hours trying to find where the chirping sounds are coming from.
I’ll admit that between the birds and the monkeys, I am very easily distracted.
A few weeks ago, I posted a turquoise crowned mot-mot on my Facebook page and a discussion followed about where this bird resides. The turquoise species is mostly only found on the Nicoya Peninsula but we do have a blue-crowned version here on Costa Rica’s central coast. I hadn’t seen one yet but then no joke…a few days later I was coming home from the farmer’s market and there was a blue-crowned mot-mot sitting on a broken branch next to my staircase. It actually scared me a little as it’s quite a large bird (up close) and I was definitely not expecting to see it. Of course, by the time I got upstairs to get my camera, it had flown off. But I did take the photo opportunity to go up to the rooftop and see who else was hanging out in the trees that day.
The streak-headed woodcreeper was super fun to watch. It smoothly “creeped” its way up the tree branch circling it around and around and then flew to the next branch and did the same thing.
About two weeks after the initial visit by the mot-mot, I was sitting on my living room sofa, drinking my morning cup of coffee when I heard a loud bang against the window behind me. I jumped up and opened the slider to my terrace to see the blue crowned mot-mot laying on the ground. I grabbed my shoes but when I got outside, it had flown off into a nearby tree. I was so very grateful…I really wasn’t sure how I was going to handle this bird had it been injured or dead. If it’s not squirrel monkeys falling out of trees (read my latest blog on that topic here), it’s birds flying into my windows…I’ll say it again…life is never dull here on the Rich Coast.