We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We took a two- or three-hour hike each day of our trip. That doesn't sound like much, but it's mountains so it's uphill all the way. Sore legs.
We took one jungle birding hike with Mano, who knows all of the plants, trees, and birds. His granny was a herbalist, so he picks all sorts of leaves and makes you eat them for health. Why not?
He gives his walking stick a bath in the sea each evening to keep it happy. "Happy, happy, tank God for dis day" is the Caribbean mantra, isn't it?
Had we more time, I would have done some serious birding, but we saw many of the common critters. Some, of course, are our northern summer breeders in their wintertime vacation home.
We also saw a bat cave filled with thousands of fruit bats. At dusk, the fruit bats zipped through our little porch and filled a night-blooming tree outside the dining room, sucking nectar and pollinating the blossoms. Remarkable creatures for sure, and a wondrous sight.
My list below the fold, for those interested.
Laughing Gull Frigate Bird Brown Booby Mangrove Cuckoo St. Lucia Warbler Bullfinch Spotted Sandpiper Scaly-breasted Thrasher Kestrel Caribbean Grackle Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Little Blue Heron Saltator Bananaquit Eared Dove Crested Hummingbird St. Lucia Wren St. Lucia Pewee Cattle Egret Purple-throated Caribbean Hummingbird Caribbean Dove Caribbean Gray Kingbird - I forgot a few others
Things we did not see, but which were around: Broad-Wing Hawk, Osprey. To see a rare St. Lucia Parrot takes very good luck.
"His granny was a herbalist, so he picks all sorts of leaves and makes you eat them for health. Why not?" Umm, I could think of several reasons. Like, that birds poop on them? Nah, I'm just kidding you, eat away.