Puerto Viejo Barge
October and November seem to be the best months for wildlife to come and visit us in and around the yard. The fall bird migration from North America begins in early October and so we see lots of birds that are only here for a short time.
Bronze tailed Plumeteer
The trees all around us are full of berries and yummy things to eat so even the birds that are here all year around tend to hang out more nearby.
Black Striped Woodcreeper
Although it is my understanding that sloths mate and have babies all year long, we tend to see babies in our trees in the fall. This fall we had three different babies with their moms hanging out for two to three weeks each. The latest mother seemed very young and her baby was constantly clinging to whatever it could grab to stay on board. I really enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching these two for the time they were here.
Mom and Baby Climbing
Hang on baby!!
We also had a cherenga (agouti) visit for a while every evening.
We had a fruit tree that was dropping fruit and this cherenga loved it!! Once or twice it brought its little cherengas with it but more often left them in the lot on the other side of the fence. Which was good because when I could not get Sofi and Kaya in the house in time, they would go out and give chase. Needless to say the cherengas were in and out quickly.
On Friday we noticed a green female iguana sitting high up in one of the cacao trees next to our yard. On close inspection, it is clear that she is pregnant.
Iguanas lay their eggs about 45 days after conception and it looks to me like she must be getting close to that. She sat there all day just looking around and occasionally climbing down a bit to eat some leaves. Here’s hoping for a new batch of healthy baby iguanas 🙂
We headed down to The Point for their annual Thanksgiving feast on Thursday and it was once again a great time! About sixty people showed up -North Americans and Ticos alike – and we all visited and caught up on each others lives. There was music and some singing and at the end of the evening a fire dancer performed. Another U.S. holiday celebrated in grand style here in Puerto Viejo………
A few photos from around the yard……..
Morning on the beach
The last few days we have heard howler monkeys close by again. For several months we have only heard them way off in the distance. While I have to say that it is wonderful to know they are still near, it does mean that our days start much earlier than they used to. After the blue whale, the howler monkey is the loudest animal on earth and I believe it every morning at 4:00 a.m. 🙂
Daily life in Puerto Viejo has been going on as normal. We have met some new people and have had some fun times. A woman from Canada named Alicia came to town to scout out potential places to live when she and her husband retire in a few years. We spent a couple of wonderful evenings with her – one was my birthday where I had this amazing passion fruit cheesecake at Stashu’s for dessert.
Passion Fruit Cheesecake
At the end of October the annual Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival was held. There was a bit of a glitch that occurred because the proper permit had not been obtained to hold such a large event and the primary venue was shut down. However the workshops and other special events went on and we were lucky enough to get tickets to the ‘Chocolate Pairing’. Our friend Kimberly was in town so she, and our neighbors Ron and Don accompanied us to Chile Rojo where we got to sample pairings of delicious types of chocolate with different types of alcohol. Not only did we taste wine and chocolate but beer, rum, and scotch as well. Who would have thought that those combinations could be so yummy!!!
Rum and chocolate
I have been spending a lot more time lately taking walks on the beach and into town. For a while I was working too much and was spending too much time at home. It has been so great to get back out again and really experience my wonderful chosen home 🙂
I have recently created a new blog just for birds called (surprise) Costa Rica Bird Lover (www.costaricabirdlover.com ). While it is still a work in progress, I have added about 80 birds to the collection. So if you want to take a look, feel free 🙂
Here are a few pictures from the last couple of months:
Sofi bringing BIG stick home
Walking to Puerto Viejo
Neighbor with a new puppy
Tri Colored Heron