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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I have been keeping this Ponsettia alive in a planter for several years now.  It lives most of the year on a shady terrace.  When I move it into the sun, the leaves turn green but timing is everything.  Last year it was too hot and all the leaves fell off.  This year, with late rains and cooler weather, it’s still pretty green with only 10 days to go.  But I think it’s beautiful in all it’s variations.

Happy holidays, however you celebrate.

Peace!

Hoffman's woodpecker

Hoffman’s woodpecker

The Bolseros (Orioles) were late today, beaten by the Hoffman’s Woodpecker.

Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Each morning a parade of birds stops by our bamboo to survey the neighborhood and make a plan for the day.

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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.

http://www.vozdeguanacaste.com/en/gallery/turtle-eggs-ostionals-subsidy

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.

birding in costa rica

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.

Streak-backed Oriole

But he’s getting bold enough to visit our deck railing where we recycle our dog fur from the curry comb for nest building. .