In theory, it would work but the problem here is that many people don't put out hummingbird feeders. In today's report, I'll share with you TWO amazing hummingbird stations that are located near or in Monteverde's major attractions, Monteverde Cloud Forest National Park(the Hummingbird Gallery) and Selvatura(the hummingbird and butterfly garden).
|male Purple-throated Mountain-gem|
Some of the green ones slipped our radar during our first observations because the pretty purple and blue ones stole the show! So give yourself time and let your brain naturally sort itself all out.
|female Violet Sabrewing|
Our next day trek was scheduled for Selvatura and the hanging bridges hike. This is a great place for ziplining. Transportation to this location was part of the entrance package. We also mentioned we were birders at our lodge and received free hummingbird passes.
And at this point (and I'm going to be honest here), we headed to our next destination. I was not impressed with the help at Selvatura Park. It was overpriced and the workers didn't seem to care at all about their jobs. Nor did they know anything other than how to collect money. The ONLY reason why we were there was to see their hummingbird garden and go for the hike to hopefully spot the Three-wattled Bellbird. I don't think it was worth the 30 some dollar package price. However, I will say that this park is ALL about the ziplining and it looked legit. The guides for the ziplining were also legit as I eavesdropped on their conversations. They were excited about what they did and the visitors they served. The nature part is just back drop apparently:)
|female Green Thorntail|
However, the hike was beautiful. I added several birds to my lifelist. When our hike was done, I handed the hummingbird garden pass to the bored ticket taker. We spent quite a bit of time in the garden watching the spectacular hummingbird show. We went stretches without seeing these birds and then in two days, we had hummingbird overload!
So when it came time to ID'ing rain forest hummers, I was once again challenged by ID. Behavior and interaction were also key into understanding these birds better.
|female Purple-throated Mountain-gem|
At the feeders, hummingbirds would perch on your fingers while they fed. Some species were more trusting than others. The Green-crowned Brilliant was VERY trusting.
|male Green-crowned Brilliant|
Most people, whether they like birds or not, are fascinated by hummingbirds. They are a group of birds only found in the Americas(including the surrounding islands). And some are in very very special places. I am currently researching ONE hummingbird in a remote area that I hope to find this year. Another hummer that I look forward to chasing is up in the Andes Mountains. It's a chunky hopper that lives in another remote region. So you might be thinking, "What was your favorite hummingbird from this area?" Ok. I'll bite.
|male Green Thorntail|
|female Green-crowned Brilliant|
Here are several of our checklists from our journeys in and around Monteverde.
In Monteverde, the town itself, click here.
For Monteverde Cloud Forest, click here.
For Selvatura Park, click here.
Just a quick note about the hummingbird nectar used at Selvatura Park as we seemed to have had some comments on Facebook questioning the liquid solution used. As most of you know in the US, we use 3 cups water to one cup of sugar. In winter here in the Southwest, we up that sugar content by a little more to help our hummers deal with the cold nights. No dye should ever be used with the mix. The red platforms on the feeders will attract the hummers PLUS they are smart birds. The solution here is not honey but it's instead, sugar that has not been bleached. In the US and many other countries, we "bleach" our sugar with bone char from cattle to give it that desired white look. Gross but true. Sugar in its natural state is brown and that is why the water is brown in these feeders:)
Until next time......