Heavy rains for the last week or so have curtailed my birding activities, but neighbour Sue Magree was able to take this beautiful photograph of a Brown-hooded Parrot (Pyrilia haematotis, recently changed scientific name) at her house in San Rafael, just behind the Espino Blanco Reserve. Since its ear patch is not quite red, I assume this is an immature.
Both of our local parrots are actually smaller than the long-tailed and common Crimson-fronted parakeet, with the Brown-hooded being much less common than the White-crowned Parrot (Pionus senilis). Most parrots here in San Antonio are fly-bys and I always assume the latter species unless I can see the red axillars of the Pyrilia in flight, or its head when perched.
Latest sensation in the village was a male Three-toed Sloth that was clinging to neighbour Fabio Orlando Zúñiga’s gate, right on the main (and only) road. Fabio promises to send me a picture soon! It then crawled slowly across the road, risking life and limb, but was helped on its way by a couple of young men from the village, who deposited it in a wooded lot on the other side (our side) of the road. Unfortunately, I missed all the excitement by being away on errands. Fabio, a talented artist, has now almost completed his new mural at our house, which shows La Muralla waterfall plus Sunbittern, Keel-billed Toucan and Blue-crowned Motmot.