Happy Earth day 🌎
This is an aerial view of the ocean on my way back from Belize. I have no idea where it is or what it is because it's not an actual island - maybe a baby caye? And when I spotted it my imagination ran WILD. It made me think of the part in 'Life of Pi' when he finds that odd acidic living island. It seems like fiction to think of an island as living, but in many ways they can be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To keep discovering these beautiful characteristics of our planet, we have to take care our the Earth. CLEAN UP. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. WISE UP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We need to stop acting like the dumbest stardust in the universe ☄️
Today is Earth Day, and I'd like to take time to appreciate all the wonderful species on our planet. On my current trip I've really been fascinated by interactions between animals and their environment. I think moving forward, we need to all begin to see the importance of every species and the areas which they inhabit. Whether it's a mosquito or a jaguar, they both play equally important roles in the food chain. So my message is: appreciate the little things in nature. Like this beautiful Blue-spotted Mexican Treefrog! Happy Earth Day! @treesocietybelize @birdsoftoucanridge
Exhausted. Take me here and lay me onto a hammock 🌿☁️
Currently - and finally - reading @jayceeleedugard 's memoir 'A Stolen Life' and I am floored by the honesty and horrors. 10 pages in and I knew this book would have a serious impact on my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you haven't read it yet, you need to. But be aware that it could be very triggering. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And if you like books, go follow @sabrinaspages for more 📚
I was so thrilled to find this Azure-crowned Hummingbird in one of our mist-nets. The amazing thing about bird banding is you catch many species that people didn't know were in the area. Has anyone had any exciting sightings lately? @birdsoftoucanridge
American Pygmy Kingfisher. A tiny kingfisher found throughout Central and South America. Given the size and shape of their legs we actually have to band them above the tarsus. We've caught 2 in the last two days - today's being this beautiful Female.
The amazing and tiny American Pygmy Kingfisher. This is the smallest species of kingfisher we get at the station. We were actually lucky to catch this individual. She had 2 large sticky seeds stuck to the feathers on her neck and tail. We successfully removed them and banded her. The female has a beautiful green band across the chest and the males don't. It reminds me of a belt (so I always say it's because the females wear the pants in their relationships 😂). @birdsoftoucanridge
I haven't had much luck with Woodpeckers this year, but the Golden-fronted woodpeckers seem to be co-operating with me. It's a little bit alarming to notice such a change between now and last year in the diversity and population size of woodpeckers on the property. I hope it's not a continuing trend and that we get more individuals soon! @birdsoftoucanridge
A stunning adult male Red-capped Manakin showed up this morning. We don't catch many in their full adult plumage. This was a recapture that we banded a while ago. So it's nice to see them growing up and breeding at our station.
I hope my North American friends are excited to get their Warblers back. It's bittersweet to see them pass through. I know I'll miss them over the next few months, but I'll get to see them on their breeding grounds when I return home in July. This was definitely one of the nicest Black-and-White Warblers we've caught this season. I'm looking forward to finally seeing some Bay-breasted Warblers in the next few weeks. Are there any birds you guys are looking forward to seeing? @birdsoftoucanridge
We love finding birds we didn't even know were in our study area. This Azure-crowned Hummingbird has stopped by twice in the last week. We will monitor whether this species will stay or if it's just following the recent flower bloom in our orchard.
Some of the bigger birds need a little momentum to make sure they take off correctly. This is @emilysobkowiak releasing a Gartered Trogon. It's always a treat to band Trogons. We get 4 species at the station, and it never gets old to see their beauty. @birdsoftoucanridge
Yesterday, I asked everyone what their favorite bird was and many people said hummingbirds. So I thought I'd post a photo of one. This is the female Violet-Sabrewing, showing her shiny purple gorget! @birdsoftoucanridge
In North America, many people refer to sparrows as "little brown jobs". It's difficult to do that in the tropics, especially when the Orange-billed Sparrow basically has a carrot on his face. 😅 This individual has starting developing a CP (cloacal protuberance), indicating it is male and getting ready to breed.
I actually have a few questions for everyone: What's your favorite bird and why? I think my answer has changed over the years, but right now it has to be the Red-legged Honeycreeper. On my first trip to Belize, it was one of the birds that left me completely mesmerized by it's incredible plumage. A definite jewel that I actually based my logo off of (created by the very talented @sophiejantak). I'm curious to hear everyone's answers 😁 @birdsoftoucanridge
Tawny-crowned Greenlet. We get many Lesser Greenlets on the property, so it's nice to band a different one every once in a while. Today was a slow day at the resident table, but the ones we did catch were ones we don't catch often: Ruddy Ground-Dove, Crimson-collared Tanager, and a Common Tody-Flycatcher.