The Bolseros (Orioles) were late today, beaten by the Hoffman’s Woodpecker.
Each morning a parade of birds stops by our bamboo to survey the neighborhood and make a plan for the day.
With coffee on the terrace, we make our own plans while watching the show.
What a treat!
From the Voice of Guanacaste, this is the best thing I’ve read about what all those people are doing on the beach at Ostional during a turtle Arrival (Arribada). It says that, in a big Arribada, many of the eggs are destroyed by other turtles “over-digging”. When 251,000 turtles try to lay their eggs on the same stretch of beach within a few days, it’s bound to happen. So harvesting during the first 3 days doesn’t have a big impact on overall survival. Caring for the nests and cleaning the beach, however, does have an impact, a positive one.
What the article doesn’t explain is how SINAC assesses the market and who the buyers are. Even so, if you run the numbers, you can quickly see that a large Arribada like we saw in September produces a $40 share for each of the 230 members. Seems like a labor of love to me. More important, perhaps, to turtle survival is to stop polluting the oceans.
Just started seeing the Streak-backed Orioles this week here at the beach in Costa Rica. He’s the first one each morning to stop in our bamboo, just after sunrise – hence the poor light.
But he’s getting bold enough to visit our deck railing where we recycle our dog fur from the curry comb for nest building. .
15 September is Costa Rica Independence Day.
In most towns that means a parade.
In Samara the baton twirlers are new.
Apparently, some were up late last night practicing.
But the traditional dancers are a staple of every holiday event.
These skirts have more than five meters (almost like yards) in each one.
How’d you like to twirl that weight in the tropics?