We are blessed with an abundance of little critters, such as the gorgeous butterflies that visit the farm during the day and the exotic but elusive moths who arrive at dusk.
I caught these 2 lovers in the middle of my garden!
If we step outside in the evenings, it is not uncommon to interrupt a web spinner unwinding herself in front of a doorway, where the sensor lights are sure to attract plenty of tasty night time fare.
She is bigger than she appears...Nicaragua's national bird, Guardabarranco
Without a doubt, it is the birds whose constant chirpy and colorful presence best characterize our wild kingdom. Who knows how many different species nest and feed and swoop and sing amongst our lemon trees! A cacophonous dawn chorus is a pleasant alarm clock, and happy birdsong infuses the air until nightfall. Ornithologist I am not, my humble observations include woodpecker, mourning dove, whippoorwill, the white-throated magpie jay (hard to miss) and a winged beauty like no other,
We have at least one pair of Guardabarranco, or turquoise-browed motmot, who you are sure to see if you stroll the lemon orchard around sunset. With good reason, most visitors are taken with Guardabarranco's exquisite colors and long elegant tail. In honor of our national (and local) bird, talented friend and artist Heather beautified our drying patio with its image:Thank you Heather J! My job now is to add woodsy surroundings and other local fauna. As my artistic skills are just about on par with my bird-watching abilities, you understand my fervent procrastination of this task. perhaps as we move into the bowels of the dry season...