We have published a few posts featuring the beautiful Yellow Rumped Cacique birds. They are strikingly beautiful and have such a unique warbling/yodel in their song that they are hard to miss. But this year, as we mentioned in our last post, the area’s cacique birds have been congregating each evening at dusk stopping briefly in trees around our yard before flying off to the southwest.
This is the first year we have witnessed this nightly gathering, but it is also the first year we have lived at our present location. There are more large established trees around our yard here and it is possible the caciques gathered other years, but simply bypassed our former yard area.
Nevertheless, when one is accostomed to seeing one or two caciques high up in a distant tree, it is rather awesome to see hundreds of the birds swooping past at fifteen to twenty feet overhead. We did get some pictures and video of the gathering, but I was disappointed in the quality of many of the pictures. The birds come as it is getting dark and fly in at break-neck speed, jump around in the treetops and then zoom off. The low light and rapid movement made for many blurred pictures.
Still here are a few shots of the beautiful cacique birds gathering around our home.
I watched and waited outside for several nights in a row and fed many a hungry mosquito watching these birds, but it was worth it!
It is not evident from these pictures, but there are at least forty or fifty caciques resting momentarily in this one big tree at any given time from about 6:30 to 7:00 PM.
While I was watching one night some Pacific Parrotlets stopped by to see what the commotion was all about.
The following video gives you an idea of how fast they swoop in and again how quickly they leave.
And this one from directly underneath the tree across the street.
In a few more weeks the caciques will be leaving this area for about six months, but we know they will return next November or so to here where…
Life is good in Ecuador