Veranda birds of Asa Wright Nature Centre
The diversity of species that visited the tray feeders below the veranda was surprising, even amazing. It seemed that few species could resist the amazing spread of fruits and breads and the group shot above shows a fairly typical mix of species seen during our trip (Banaquits, a male Purple Honeycreeper, and a young Silver-beaked Tanager). The biggest surprise to me though was when the male Great Antshrike came to enjoy the spoils of the feeders as well!
As you'd expect, the staff maintains Hummingbird feeders as well and there is always a nice assortment of hummingbird species visiting. The Copper-rumped Hummingbird above was just one of the interesting species that was seen near constantly during our stay. Other common feeder visitors included the stunning White-necked Jacobin & White-chested Emerald among others.
One afternoon just before the daily 4 pm coffee, tea, and pastry feast on the veranda, a brief shower swept past. Typical of green season, tropical birding the short cloud burst came and went and dropping both humidity and temperatures considerably. In addition, bird activity was renewed, and numerous Channel-billed Toucans soon popped up and began bathing in the tree tops and calling back and forth. I watched the antics of these beautiful birds as I popped another pastry into my mouth and thought, "Hmmm.... only 2 more hours to rum punch!" ;p