Panama has over 975 species of birds and sometimes I think almost all have visited our farm at one time or another. Some of our birds are indigenous and are here year-round and others really are snow birds who migrate down to enjoy Panama when North America is freezing. We don’t pay thousands of dollars to have a “Bird Friendly” seal, but we really ARE bird friendly and the birds seem to know it.
These guys are probably the fifth generation have been hatched in this old tree. We have another old tree I refuse to cut down because it has been home to generation after generation of woodpeckers.
We have lots of orange and banana trees. Most of the oranges fall to the ground because although delicious, aside from our own personal use, they costas much to pick as you can get selling them.
We always have a big stalk of bananas ripening in the car port which we enjoy, share with neighbors and friends, and give to the birds and our dogs. Our dogs think bananas are a great treat and they carefully peel them before eating. Unfortunately we’ve never been able to train the dogs to pick up the banana peels.
We have so many humming birds! We used to put out hummingbird feeders, but they just caused the birds to fight and fly into the house. But we’ve planted lots of flowering plants in the garden which attract humming birds. You can’t walk through the garden without spotting at least a half-dozen humming birds.
Bird watching is a popular sport for expats in Panama, and particularly in Boquete. These are folks who take their hobby very seriously and will set out on tours all over the world just to watch the birds.
And the parrots, scores of them, especially when a number of the trees are sprouting the little fruits the parrots love. And just before a storm blows in they all squawk and fly away at once, their iridescent green feathers catching the rays of the sun. Truly amazing!
And in the mornings … or before a storm … when the birds all sing … it all reminds me of the old Disneyland Tiki Room where “the birds all sing and the flowers bloom in the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki room.” Who ever thought I’d get the opportunity to live in this paradise called Panama? All the birds are just one of the things that make this property so special. In a world sometimes seeming to have gone mad, there is something very special about a spot that is incredibly beautiful, private, peaceful and where one is surrounded by fluttering butterflies.
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You have no idea how long it took to get this picture of FOUR hummingbirds sharing a feeder. By nature these guys are fiercely territorial and vicious with each other when competing for territory.