Letter from Belize no. 88
12th May 2020
I know, I know I do bang on about the birds but you can’t ignore them when you
are here. The bird sound is constant, the nesting activity is riveting and the
whole atmosphere at this time of year is charged with defending and protecting.
This is the diary of the Blue-grey Tanager which we have been privileged to get
this “bird’s eye view” of from the front veranda.
Nest building begins
I spot the parents at the back of the house doing some old fashioned courting.
Sitting on the eggs.
2 babies hatch.
One parent baby-sits while the other searches for food and feeds the chicks.
I am surprised to see there is only one chick in the nest. Seems the smaller one did not flourish.
And it is growing rapidly and beginning to look more like it parents.
Now it is testing its boundaries, standing right on the edge of the nest and flexing its wings.
It can’t wait to get out of there and explore the great beyond.
The parents are tirelessly feeding it to give it the strength for its maiden flight.
The nest is empty!
The parents are in a nearby tree calling in their soft high pitched voices.
One of the parents peers into the nest.
I finally spot the baby as it comes to the outer edge of the tree.
What a treat. May it go well in this journey of Life.
With our love to all and our hopes that you are keeping safe and well,