So Many Birds

Panama has so many birds, and most of them are new to me. It is said that there are more different species of birds here than in all of North America! My bird books have a permanent home right by my desk (actually the table on the terrace) because I’m frequently trying to identify another bird.

We also have a guanabana tree (soursop) next to the terrace. For me the fruit has a rather odd smell and flavor that I had to get used to, but the Panamanians absolutely love it. The tree often fruits a lot in summer so I’m pretty popular when I have lots to give away.

Usually the fruit falls to the ground when it is ready, but Wednesday I noticed a fruit directly in front of the terrace that was being pecked at by the birds. On Thursday the birds were lined up to eat the fruit. The squirrels were also very interested, and finally later in the afternoon one managed to knock the fruit off the tree. What fell to the ground was probably 1/3 of the fruit because the birds and squirrels had eaten all the rest!

It seems like almost everything here eats fruit. When I first arrived I bought some peanuts for the squirrels. They totally ignored them. Put out some fruit though, especially papaya or banana and the squirrels will be very interested, as will most of the birds. That makes sense though since fruit is abundant here and nuts are not.

We also have a lot of doves. One pair has made a nest in the bushes in front of our house.

Here are some random pictures, some wildlife and some scenery.

There is no ripe fruit in the tree today so the yard is much quieter. The doves have visited though, and a motmot, the chattering wrens, a few thrushes, hummingbirds, the oropendula male was doing his thing in favorite tree beyond the yard, and there are enough bird calls in the area that it is never silent. I love being able to spend the majority of my time outside so close to nature.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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4 Responses to So Many Birds

  1. Robert & Helen + 3 Caribbean and 1 Panamanian adopted dog. says:

    I have just watched a video from a Dutch guy that travelled recently to 40 tropical countries during one year. He took photo’s of 8683 different species and broke the world record sofar.


  2. Sunni Morris says:

    I love to watch the birds and wildlife here too. The squirrels here love the peanuts, but this isn’t Panama. That is really going to be nice to see the young ones from the doves that made the nest nearby. I noticed a nest in one of our bare trees in the backyard. I’m hoping this spring some birds will move in and use it, but we’ll see. I don’t know if birds do that or not. I hope they do.


    • I know. I thought all squirrels love peanuts. I used to feed them in the US. That doesn’t work here though. Maybe birds will reuse a nest the next year? I don’t know.


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