A return excursion with friends John and Milena Beer to the little town of Ujarrás, with its ruined church – destroyed by English pirates it seems -allowed John to get some nice photos that I think should be shared.
We also found again an Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) at the exact same location as last time, though this one was a juvenile male. Its black bib leads me to believe that I have had several of this species in past years at my house in San Antonio de Santa Cruz. I assumed back then that they were Baltimore Orioles, a very common migrant. Here’s John’s picture of this juvenile male:
The most common dove at Ujarrás is now the White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica), though it was not always so. This northern invader and lover of wide-open spaces is expanding rapidly eastwards and southwards as forests disappear. It is a favourite target of hunters in Texas and northern Mexico. John took this excellent photo of one of perhaps 30 doves that now live near the church ruins:
A final photograph that I can’t resist showing is of the commonest Costa Rican hummingbird, the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl):
You can find our species list for the day at:
The Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds are the defenders of the sweetest food sources here at Rio Cinto (Ecuador.) They are so greedy, and chase much-larger hummers away throughout the day.
The church reminds me a bit of the one in Nicoya, which I often noted but never stopped to visit until years went by…. it was a very hot day, and the walls were very thick… I felt an amazing comfort the minute I stepped into the interior….
You’ve been busy and I’ve enjoyed reading / just little time online to acknowledge your great posts. My camera is not well, so I join you in wishing to have an upgrade ‘in hand.’