Well time for a bunch of cutie photos, and I'll start with another photo of a variegated squirrel. This animal showed up this morning and we have no idea how it got here. But you just walk by it as it sits on the porch and it will jump on you and climb up to your shoulder and ride around. Seriously. And it is a slightly different color than the ones we have on the FCRE property so we can only guess where it came from. Very tame pet squirrel that someone did a midnight drop off here? I have no clue, but this is an attractive animal and we are happy to see him but we do not keep wild animal pets here. Maybe he moves on and gets back to being a wild animal or not. Time will tell.
A number of the frogs actually lay their eggs in vegetation over water, not in water. Here is a mass of newly hatched tadpoles that are still on the leaf and haven't dropped into the water yet. I am thinking these are hourglass frogs, but unsure.
I am pretty sure this is a katydid, but not positive. It has just shed its skin and is hanging out while its new skin dries out and hardens.
Just an update on Max. We found him one day about 50 meters from the release tree and haven't seen him since then. Just too darn hard to find in the forest, but here he was out in the sorta open on some small branches. Sloths are really common animals here, yet we don't see them all that often as they are mostly high up and oh so camouflaged.
The howlers are seeming to work their way back north after a die off, and we saw them at the beach. I heard them from the FCRE last year but so far they haven't returned (you can hear them a long way off). Terrible lighting for the ones we saw but here is a photo of one.
While we were at the beach, a flock of scarlet macaws came in and were hammering what appeared to be almond trees but I am unsure. Trees aren't my specialty. Spectacular birds.
Surprising number of green-backed herons on a nearby beach when we stopped by. This one was pretty friendly and landed close to where I was standing.
Both male and female crowned woodnymphs were around this afternoon. I like this photo of the male but would like to get an image from straight on showing the bright green bib. Gorgeous birds.
The female is strikingly different looking. This is called sexual dimorphism and is really common with birds.
This is a super pretty hummingbird and can be seen every day by the feeders at the Program House. But the "white-necked" part is not always obvious. Don McFarlane asked me yesterday what kind of hummingbird is that, and I told him. His comment was that the bird appears to have white in many places but the neck is decidedly not one of them.
But once you get a couple looks at it the white is visible on the nape of the neck.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist