Over the years we have published several post about the yellow-winged blackbirds that frequent this area called the yellow-rumped caciques. They have a unique warbling song and such bright yellow wings and backs that they are a favorite for all of the local bird-watchers.
The thing is that the brightly colored birds only hang around here for six or seven months and then fly away. Perhaps for different food sources or for more rain. We do not know, but we are very excited to see them return each November for their San Clemente destination.
A couple of weeks ago we published a post featuring the cacique warbling song and we have been poised ready to get closer photos and more sound audios for our northern friends. The other day Mary spotted this beauty sitting and singing away in a tree in front of our house. I scrambled for my camera and put it onto video only to catch the songster preening and listening to some Ecuadorian tunes playing at a local job-site.
While I was out front trying to get the cacique to sing, two saffron finches flew down to our bird bath not ten feet from where I was standing.
The doves and blackbirds had used up most of the water there and the little finch seemed to be asking me what was up?
I told him to hang on and I would get more water into the bath area in just a second.
He said that he would be patient. Meanwhile the cacique flew away.
On Thanksgiving we were talking with a friend or ours named Geri. She was telling us about a similar moment she had experienced where some finches flew right up to where she was watering her plants. There just seems to be a balance here where the birds and animals sense danger or the lack thereof and just come on up close to people without fear!
Yesterday Mary saw a cacique actually bathing at our bird bath. Once again, your intrepid photographer was a bit tardy and the bird flew away too quickly for a photo-op. But, if the caciques are willing and keep coming around, I am sure we will get good photos and videos in the weeks to come from here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!