Today was incredibly hot and humid! Rachel and I started the day by preparing all of the food for the parrots, the kite and the vulture. We then loaded the food baskets into laundry baskets and walked around the property to feed and water all of the aviaries. The aviaries are all arranged differently. The very large aviaries have small doors behind their feeding platforms so we do not have to enter the aviary in order to change the food and water. We do go into the smaller aviaries which are beautifully arranged with lots perches and greenery. This means that in order to get around the aviary, we have to crouch under the perches, which allows the parrots to walk above us as they anxiously eye their food dishes. It is really fun being around these birds!
The afternoon was so miserably humid we stayed up on the balcony and talked about our plans for while we are here. We figure we will get up early every morning to take care of the birds and give ourselves a couple of hours for projects before the heat really sets in. Today on the balcony we were able to do some bird watching! We saw a magnolia warbler, blue-gray tanagers, clay colored robins, brown jays, a rufous tailed hummingbird, white-collared seedeaters, both an orchard oriole and a Baltimore oriole – but the highlight of the afternoon was when 4 collared aracari flew in and landed in a tree not far from the balcony. They are simply stunning.
Nikki leaves tomorrow and we will be on our own. We are expecting a black and white hawk eagle that is not flying this weekend and potentially 10 parrots over the next week or so…so much to do!