The Good, the Bad(ass) and the Intern

As in human society, the animal kingdom knows a large number of different characters and personalities. The shy wallflower, the brave hero, the creative artist, the pragmatic handyman, the chaotic rebel, the organized entrepreneur, the list goes on endlessly. As anyone with an above average interest in nature has done at one point in his or her life, I sometimes wonder which animal I would be. After a long contemplation and analysis of my own personality, considering the romantic idea […] Read more »

And finally: the sounds of the scoundrel!

In order to complete what quite unplanned became a mini-series on the Bananaquit, I need to post a little hint of their vocalizations. They produce a very complex song, which to my ears does not sound that melodic. But if you listen carefully to a Bananaquit in the wild, you’ll start to notice different, but distinct patterns. It is their way of transmitting, often lifesaving, messages. The ones that weaved their nest into the bare electricity wires in our unused […] Read more »

That little yellow scoundrel again!

I cannot help it. I like these birds. Although very common, they never stop to amaze me. Take this picture, for example. I never knew these birds have forked tongues! If you take a look at the literature, the Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) is described as nectarivorous (nectar eater). I came across anatomical descriptions indicating tongues with bristles at the tip, because that’s what you supposedly need to extract nectar from flowers. Well, either the one I got in front of […] Read more »

Little yellow scoundrel + 3!

Last week I wrote a bit about the Bananaquit. It is as if our resident birds were aware of that, because they offered me the opportunity to complete the story, visually. Just check out the video fragment below. Just some loose wires sticking out from the ceiling of a small hallway we never use were selected to attach the cradle for the next generation to. After frantic building activity by the male (and critical evaluation by the female) the eggs […] Read more »

Little yellow scoundrel

This easily recognizable bird is probably the most common bird on our Island. It has discovered a lot of tricks to make its life easier. One of those has to do with nest construction. It is much easier to attach your nest to some conveniently located lamp on the porch of a human being. Safer. And with building materials readily available, in the form of that cleaning mop clumsily left outside by that stupid human being. Easily dislodged and beautifully […] Read more »