My “office” is the table on the patio where I can enjoy the birds and other wildlife in our yard. These are a few recent photos of some visitors I have seen in the last few days.
There are so many birds in Panama! We have put out a couple pans of water and a lot of birds come to drink and bathe. I think this one is a clay colored thrush. They are frequent visitors who bathe enthusiastically until soaking wet, and then go up in the tree to flap vigorously to dry off, only to come back and bathe again.
There are a number of other birds that also visit, but to name them all would take some thinking and looking in my bird book! It is interesting that some just come to drink, others to bathe, some come solo, others in pairs, and occasionally there is a group, even a mixed species group that manages to visit peacefully. At other times one bird will claim the birdbath and until he’s done, no one else is allowed to approach.
There are also birds in the trees. I see quite a few and hear a lot more who I can’t identify by their songs. We see the paisanas (or chachalaca in English) quite often. Usually they are very quiet but once in a while they get all wound up and make quite a racket. I came out one morning and there was a group of them in a tree behind our yard calling loudly!
Of course birds aren’t the only wildlife around here. There are a variety of reptiles as well, and I often see these beautiful lizards in the grass. I believe they are a type of whiptail.
The newest thing here is a frog. I have heard these frogs in many areas but never in our yard until a few nights ago when I heard chirping that seemed to be coming from the birdbath.
(there is nothing to see here but turn up your sound to hear the frog, and the rain in the background)
Then, the other night, Joel went out with his new flashlight and managed to spot the little frog!
Other than hanging out on the patio and watching the wildlife, I’m not sure where the days go but they keep flying by! We’ve had some more cyclists staying with us on their way from Alaska to Argentina. (Check out their interesting website). We’ve spent a little time with friends. We’ve done the usually shopping and chores. I’ve spent a while working in the yard, and I always seem to have things on line to read, emails to answer, and other blogs to visit.
I’ve also been spending more time on the bicycle to get in shape for traveling. I met a young woman who plans to bike from Panama City to Mexico. ( Check out her website.) I plan to join here when she arrives in David and bike at least as far as Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. She is less than half my age though so I’d better get in shape PDQ! She’s very interesting person and I am really looking forward to getting to know her better.
That’s pretty much what is going on with us here in Panama. It continues to be a very good life and we both feel so very fortunate.