Morning Routine and birding!

Rachel and I have finally settled in to a routine. We start our mornings at 7am, I go to the downstairs kitchen and start preparing food for everyone while Rachel takes care of the animals in the house. We prepare all the food, feed and water all the aviaries (which are spread out around the property), move the indoor cages outdoors, and refill the bird baths and the feeding platforms. When we are done with all that we move on to giving morning medications and doing rechecks, as well as cleaning and feeding the animals that aren’t in aviaries. The whole routine takes us about 4 hours to complete – it is quite a bit of work!  What we do next really depends on the weather. If it is blazing hot and humid we will go down to the river to cool off or stay on the veranda enjoying the breeze (and the view and the birds!) If it’s cooler we work on projects. We are planning on building a new block of aviaries next week – hopefully the weather will be nice for us!

The property that Nikki is situated on is beautiful! She has a 5 acre orange grove, and she also grows papayas, mangoes, coconuts, bananas, tamarinds, apples, plums, and lemons. The view from the veranda is incredible and we do quite a bit of birding from there. There are resident birds that we see every day including brown jays (their fledglings just appeared with them this week!), a pair of blue-gray tanagers, a pair of kiskadees (hard at work on their nest), great-tailed grackles, ruddy ground doves, golden-fronted woodpeckers, and clay colored robins. Every once in a while something new appears and we grab our binoculars, camera and bird book! Today it was a gray catbird! It is very peaceful sitting out on the veranda watching the birds.

We are very excited to say that Kathy Jones flew out yesterday and joined us! We are so happy to see her (and all the goodies she brought from home – coffee, tea, wheat bread, glue gun!!) We have big plans for her! 🙂 Stay tuned…

Kathy with Sassy, a non-releasable red-lored. Kathy was welcomed with opened wings by almost all the parrots in the house!

Kathy with Sassy, a non-releasable red-lored. Kathy was welcomed with opened wings by almost all the parrots in the house!

The view from the veranda - the driveway runs up the side of the property to a bumpy dirt road.

The view from the veranda – the driveway runs up the side of the property to a bumpy dirt road.

View from the veranda overlooking the property.

View from the veranda overlooking the property.

Off to the side of the veranda, we take the uneaten food from the aviaries and set it out on metal feeding platforms for the yard birds, the guinea fowl, and the peacocks.

Off to the side of the veranda, we take the uneaten food from the aviaries and set it out on metal feeding platforms for the yard birds, the guinea fowl, and the peacocks.

This gray catbird came to the feeding platform today!

This gray catbird came to the feeding platform today!

A flycatcher down by the river - identification TBD - it was working on a pretty cool hanging nest.

A flycatcher down by the river – identification TBD – it was working on a pretty cool hanging nest.

Great-tailed grackle with river snail.

Great-tailed grackle with river snail.

This gorgeous crimson- collared tanager appeared out of the jungle as a vibrant flash of red - and then disappeared just as quickly.

This gorgeous crimson- collared tanager appeared out of the jungle as a vibrant flash of red – and then disappeared just as quickly.

Gray fox! Taken through the truck's windshield.

Gray fox! Taken through the truck’s windshield.

Tarantula! Outside one of the aviaries - makes you wonder what else lives out there...

Tarantula! Outside one of the aviaries – makes you wonder what else lives out there…

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One thought on “Morning Routine and birding!

  1. Shannon says:

    Everything is so BEAUTIFUL!! So glad Kathy could join you! She looks relaxed already-wish I could be there.

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