Along the Natchez Trace

Friday, February 7, 2014

Back on the Hill....

After our long day trip, we had to catch up on grocery shopping, laundry and all those day-to-day things that are necessary.  One important thing that's been going on is that our landlord, Robert, is "fixing" our water problem.  I'll report back on that soon, but keep in mind, we're on "Tico Time" here and things don't happen fast.

Since the hummingbirds have found the feeder, I'm trying to capture a decent picture of them.  I know there are at least two species...  and possibly the third.   

We have the Cinnamon Hummingbird...
He's not nearly as drab as this photo makes him look.
Sun is shining on him here...  a little flashier.

And we also have the...
Plain-capped Starthroat
I'm hoping I'll get better pictures as time goes on.
The Ruby-throat Hummingbird is also here in this area.  I may have seen a male yesterday, but he was too fast to capture in a photo.

I've mentioned the Streak-back Oriole...
Finally got a good view of those "stripes".
Nothing enhanced here...  he's really that orange.

I don't want to leave our little foxy friend out of the blog...
He's such a cutie....  we only see him around 5:30 each evening.  He's probably off catching mice or whatever crosses his path the rest of the time.

We found the fish market in town yesterday...
This guy made cleaning and fileting fish look so easy...
I think it would help us if we had a sharp knife.
This is actually in somone's home (or front porch)...  and they had all kinds of fish for sale.  Guess we'll try them for maui-maui one of these days if we can't find it fresh from a boat.

Walking home we stopped at a roadside market...
How many bananas do you want?
This young man just cuts them off the "hand" (bunch of bananas) that's hanging behind the counter.  There are also bunches of onions and maybe plantains hanging there as well.

And... continuing home..  We see this acrobatic squirrel..
He moved...  hand over hand (paw over paw) like this all the way across the line, which was high over the street.

It's a hot and dusty day...  getting on noon....
Way up in a tree we see this big guy just taking a nap.
Howler Monkey
Notice how his long tail is wrapped around the tree branch, then over his body.  Maybe that's his safety line.
He just looks so comfy...  too tuckered out to move.

We always enjoy our walk into town.  Never a time that we don't see lots of interesting things.
Some of them even sound asleep!

That's All For Today!


  1. I'm glad the hummers have found your feeder. I could watch them all day.

  2. So much to see and do even just watching nature, great photos again.

  3. I have never gotten a good picture of a hummer so I love yours. They are just the neatest little birds even though they really can be bullies. Your little fox is sure a cutie.

  4. That monkey does look comfortable, sort of makes . . me . . . sleepy. . . .

  5. The monkey makes we wish it were bedtime. The birds are beautiful. Actually, I could just go picture by picture and tell you how I enjoyed each. What do you think the little fox weighs? I'm still trying to make a mental picture of him, in relation to our little red foxes, and I'm failing miserably.

  6. You really do see lots of fun things, birds, animals, etc. etc. You're having a great stay there!

  7. love all the pictures .. birds, squirrels ... people.. but the monkey takes the cake... love it

  8. That Howler Monkey looks exhausted! I'm looking forward to more hummer pictures. You might keep an eye on the feeder in the evening as many nectar feeding bats might be interested as well. Mark

  9. Another interesting day in paradise, eh? You sue have a colorful variety of birds and other critters around there. Never a dull moment when you can see things like that at any time. Your hummer photos are great. Those little guys are so fast and hard to catch in a photo.