Update on our Lyre-tailed Nightjars: All summer our Lyre-tailed Nightjars have been observed around the guest houses. Two males were calling and one male was regularly perched on one wall while a female perched on a different wall. The female can offer something of a show as she occasionally jumps straight up for almost two meters and emits a loud “pok” and then settles to her perch again, giving the overall impression of a very large kernel of popping popcorn. On the evening of 31 July we saw two females on the same wall, perhaps one being the offspring of the adult female. One also made the "pok…pok" sound.
July was the month of male and female Crested Quetzals beginning to nest again at RLG. These beautiful birds return in early summer every year to nest and rear their speckled fledglings which look like Scaled Fruiteaters, except with quetzal-green backs.
The end of July brought us very vocal Cloud-Forest Pygmy-Owls, Club-winged Manakins along Parrot Hill Trail, and a pair of Crested Guan along Brother’s Trail. Daily we saw Tayras, Sickle-winged Guans and Toucan Barbets as well as many doves, tanagers and brush-finches at our banana feeders.
Finally, July also welcomed long-time supporters and Las Gralarias Foundation newsletter editors Roy and Laurie Averill-Murray who arrived to spend six weeks volunteering at the reserve. They will report on their work in future issues of our newsletters.
If you missed their Spring/Summer issue of The Hum, you can link to it here to catch up on more news.
1 August 2016 – Three--yes, THREE!!!!--White-faced Nunbirds were seen on one branch along – where else? – Nunbird Ridge Trail. Two were probably juveniles since the species is known to nest in May (from the one nest ever documented).
Space issues prevent me from adding our summer mammal, amphibian and reptile observations, but those should show up in future issues. Stay tuned!