Still making me smile – a year later

Blessings Panama

These photos are almost a year apart – we missed it by 2 days.  These kids love being together.  Sure, they have disagreements, but they MUST make up.  And the working it out process usually takes about an hour before they are ready to be together again – I wish I could get over things that quickly.  It has been fun watching them all grow up over the past year.  Before we know it, I will be the runt in this photo.  Scott’s foot is bigger than mine, Tres’ is the same size, Boty’s is two sizes smaller than mine and Patrick has a way to go, but he is only five.  Love ’em!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Two

Panama Birdwatching

A couple of days ago we had a visit from one of our rarest migratory birds, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  This bird is very rare for the Western Caribbean Slope, where we are located.   Very few reports have been made for this species in this part of the country.  There are more reports for it as a rare migratory species for the Western Pacific Slope of Panama.

Panama Bird Migration

This time we got to see both a male and a female.  Ramon saw a male exactly one year and 2 days ago.  Last year was the first time we saw this hummingbird in this part of the country. This little visitor is one of the many migratory birds we are seeing now. So far we have seen the male each day for almost a week around the same general area.

Unfortunately the glowing red color of the throat is not visible in my pictures.  In person it is possible with the right angle of sun hitting the ruby patch in his throat.  Even without the sun hitting his throat he is a very pretty bird.  Ruby-throated Hummingbirds reproduce in Canada and the United States, and migrate to Mexico and Central America during the winter.  If you want to learn more about this amazing little bird you can check on:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/ruby-throat-hummingbird/

http://birds.audubon.org/birds/ruby-throated-hummingbird