We went back for a repeat performance at Paya Bay on Honduras, if I had two goals, it was to one see a parrot and two, redo the bird list that the resort offered. Maybe a little nude sunbathing and writing a few chapters of my new novel, Sjofn, the Goddess of Love.
Let me say right here….it was a success!
First, on the first morning, Silja and I spotted 4 yellow-naped parrots about fifty yards from the front gate of the resort we spotted in a tree. Now, we did not see them sans clothing but we could have seen them if I had been at the lookout with my spotting scope. No photos as I did not carry my bird lens on me that first day but oh well. A new life list bird and the only one of two on the trip, the other was a bat falcon, yes they eat bats don’t look like a bat, we saw about 100 yards before that in a snag….no camera then either.
What did I photograph?
Well I spotted a smooth-billed ani, first since Belize in 1997, what 17 years ago?
Ok, hummers were scarce, never did see a green breasted mango, after seeing maybe 20 at feeders last March never saw any hummers at a feeder. I did see about 4 Canivet’s emeralds feeding in the trees but never at a feeder either.
Below, there was Velasquez’s woodpeckers chattering everywhere, formerly a subspecies of golden-fronted woodpeckers but since 2013 its own species
Yucatan Vireos chatted in the trees below but not as vigorous as last year
We saw a few warblers, but no real migrants, there was a rufous wood-rail in the mangrove swamp as was a mangrove cuckoo but they did not come out to be seen
We met some really nice people this year a fun lawyer and wife from NW Pennsylvania, a neat couple from Philly, another couple that used to live 15 miles from us in Iowa, but now they have moved south…to Kansas City. We also met beach goers from Canada, California, and Washington DC area.
As usually the food was good, the views great, the weather fabulous and I didn’t even get bit up too bad from the bugs. The downside was the airport, three planes trying to leave at the same time with a waiting area for one plane and no air conditioning, power fluctuations and well….lines.
It was a good birding trip, two life-listers, a few photos and well a nice tan….and I wrote 47 pages of a novel.