Monday, October 12, 2009

A Walk in the Woods [Put the Lime in the Coconut]

The woods in our region are bursting with color, an event that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has spent an October in the northeastern US. The air is crisp and cool downright cold, the sky a swath of pale blue above that darkens towards the horizons, punctuated by dozens of airy, aimlessly wandering clouds.

I haven't posted about any bird sightings or movements from our area as I haven't paid attention to what's been going on in our yard, or our region, for the first 10 days of October. Yeah, it's kind of tough to do when you're offline and 2,300 miles away. Not that it's tough to find an Internet connection on Trinidad and Tobago, they're there if you really want one, it's tough to be distracted from what's all around you.

blanchisseuse-Arima Road, TrinidadThe view along Blanchisseuse-Arima Road, Trinidad.

The woods we've been walking through aren't the temperate maple-oak assemblages we call home, but tropical mash-ups that include teak and nutmeg covered with hundreds of epiphytes and wrist-thick vines. We hunted among the foliage for glimpses of trogons, bellbirds, and manakins in the rainforest. Tropical Kingbirds, Great Kiskadees, and Ruddy Ground-doves lined the streets while Magnificant Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, and Brown Boobies soared above rocky coves as well as those lined with sandy beaches and palm trees.

Castara Bay, TobagoCastara Bay, Tobago.

I'll be recounting our trip over the next few weeks, narrating our adventures, giving recommendations based on our experiences, and of course presenting as many sights and sounds as I can. Stay tuned, but please be patient: I have lots of pictures and eBird checklists to process!



Nate said...

Eagerly awaiting Trinidad reports!

nishiki_85 said...

Yes, looking forward to your T & T posts.

noflickster said...

Thanks, Nate and nishiki_85!

I'm looking forward to writing about T&T, though I'm realizing it would have been easier to do on site rather than in the wintery October weather of the southern tier. Fun to reflect on from here, but hard to get in the tropical mindset when the wood stove is fired up and you're under three+ layers!

Laura K said...

Great opening to fascinating topic, I'm sure.

I too, find it is harder to find the time/space to write about your adventures once you are removed from the scene. In-situ reporting is SOOOO much better and more inspired, and I'm thinking it'd pay to book another day on each trip at the tail end -- ONLY for writing.

Then I think to myself. Wait a minute: knowing that there's new birds out there in that jungle I haven't seen before would I REALLY stay inside and write?


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