Off the Beaten Path: Bird Spots
As I was pondering the second destination of our virtual tour of El Salvador, I noticed that a persistent sound overpowers even the loudest of fans, the dog-barking and the car alarms, and that sound is the singing of birds. I am not talking about the famous flocks of green pericos that grace us with their loud squawking (check out the story for Stop #1 on the virtual tour), but the consistent chirps, whistles, squeaks and sing-songy garble which is the soundtrack of every, single day. It is absolutely lovely.
Stop #2 on our virtual tour: Bird Spots
January is a good month for listening to looking for birds in El Salvador. Many species have escaped the frozen tundra of North America to hang out here in the warm sunshine. As the dry season takes hold, birds congregate near lakes and rivers, in mountainside forests, and in city parks, home gardens and on university campuses.
Often at this time of year, Bob is in El Salvador. Bob has been a member of every Mission of Healing team for 21 years. Whether we are in the middle of a health fair or hanging out in a community or out in the countryside for a little touristic relaxation, if we hear an interesting bird call, someone says, "Go get Bob." Bob has a gift for spotting birds.
So, I have to give a shout-out to Bob as a significant contributor to this blog post. For a while we actually had exactly the same camera, so I literally do not know who took a few of these pics.
|Bird Spot: The UCA. While this looks like a torogoz, I do not|
think it actually is. There are several types of motmot that live
in El Salvador. I am pretty sure this one is the Lesson's Motmot.
|Bird Spot: The UCA (Central American University) campus|
in San Salvador. Same motmot, now chatting with a friend.
|Paintings of the torogoz are found all over El Salvador.|
|I am pretty sure I spotted this perico in Panchimalco|
|Birds just wanna have fun. These birds remind me of grackles and|
they can make a very large range of sounds.
|Bird Spot: Botanical Garden La Laguna, Antiguo Cuscatlán.|
Birds just wanna race lizards?
|Bird Spot: Tonacatepeque. And just about every community|
in El Salvador. Even in the city. And they crow. All night long.
|Bird Spot: Chalatenango. Ducks are helpful|
creatures to have in the yard. They eat the larvae of
the type of mosquito that transmits dengue fever.
|Dogs spotting birds|
|Bird Spot: El Paisnal. Have space? Raise a few birds. You|
really have to hunt for the eggs sometimes!
|This was a very lucky capture of a bird in the forest. I looked it|
up and it is called a Gartered Trogon.
|Bird Spot: Lago Suchitlán. The lake is home to thousands of species|
of native and migratory birds.
|Bird Spot: Lago Suchitlán|
|Bird Spot: Lago Suchitlán|
|Bird Spot: The fishing pier in La Libertad|
|Bird Spot: Check your clothing! |
Ecumenical Electoral Observation; Churches in Mission
|Bird Spot: The UCA. Doves are everywhere. Sometimes|
they hover over the altar. Sometimes they poop on the pews.
|Bird Spot: Monument to Peace and Reconciliation, San Salvador|
|Bird Spot: San Salvador|
|Bird Spot: Cerro Verde.|
|OK. I seriously HAVE seen parrots of all colors in the wild.|
Do you think I could have captured one decent picture? No.
Bird Spot: The Artisan Market, San Salvador.
Whenever I see parrots, I think of a song I learned in Sunday
School here in El Salvador: Pajarito Canta Tú
|Sometimes the most beautiful song comes from a little bird,|
perched just outside of your office window.
Bird Spot: The Lutheran Church Offices in San Salvador