On the second morning my sister, Janna, was here, she spotted 5 more species of birds in our front yard. If you visit Casa Mango and Casa Papaya, you might see them too.
When Leroy fell out of a tree, he couldn't find his way back to his mom. So Sam took over, feeding him with an eye dropper. Now he prefers tomatoes and over ripe bananas. Sam and Leroy share digs at El Sueno Tropical, which is owned by Sam's grandparents. Sometimes Leroy visits the weekly dominoes game held there.
The Tico/spanish name for the Oriole is “Bolsero” meaning “bag maker”. When I saw a nest recently in Palo Verde National Park, I understood why. The nests hang out over the road – I suppose that clear air space is insurance against egg theft from predators.
Yesterday, during my usual 7am beach walk at Playa Carrillo, I happened upon a turtle hatch. Little guys paddling down the beach from their nest in the high dry sand down to the shoreline. I have seen these babies released at Turtle Reserves, where the eggs are dug up from their natural nests and protected in a hatchery, but I had never seen a natural hatch before. And Peter, who has lived here for 30 years, had never seen a hatch on Carrillo Beach before. We were both thrilled! In the last year or so, I felt that I was seeing more turtle nests at Carrillo than previously. I’m so glad to know they’re coming back. I counted 37 tracks that reached the water’s edge. Thirty-seven out of 600 doesn’t seem like success but the odds for a baby turtle are never good. This day, there were no vultures around and Peter’s and my own dogs didn’t bother them so I think their chances of survival are good. This 100 meter beach run is the most vulnerable time for them. And just like their mothers before them, when they hit the water they disappeared.
Playa Carrillo is just 4 kilometers from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya.