Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pericos

Spanish for "parakeets". We have a pair that appears to be constructing their nest in an abandoned termite nest in one of the trees next to our house. It's kinda cool sitting out on the porch drinking our Costa Rican coffee in the morning, and eating delicious Balocco Italian cake, while we watch this pair take turns hollowing out the termite nest.

They're quite deliberate in everything they do. One perico stands lookout while the other works on burrowing out a hollow in the nest. After awhile they switch.

The pair arrived a couple of months ago and have steadily been spending more and more time near the termite nest. This week, they finally "broke ground". It was like they were feeling out a new neighborhood before pulling the trigger on buying a home. They're quite chattery when they arrive in the morning, but hardly make a sound when they start work. They're language is fairly sophisticated, using a wide variety of calls to communicate different things.

As the hot, dry Guanacaste summer progresses, we'll keep you up to date on any chick sightings. I'm heading for the beach and a cold Pilsen. ¡Pura vida!

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