Your Weekly ‘Tiny Moment’

I think we’ve all seen baby birds do the ‘feed me-feed me’ shake.  Young birds, just out of nest, are old enough to fly about but not quite old enough to feed themselves. And so, the babes are programed to still beg their parents for food like they did when still nestlings. They do this by striking a distinctive pose;

Fluffed up…Wings low and out to the side…Mouth WIDE open…Whole body shaking.

When the parents see this pose, they’re programmed to shove a meal into the offspring’s gaping mouth.

This morning I watched a young Lazuli Bunting do the ‘feed me-feed-me’ shake; only this baby was standing on a pile of millet seeds in my bird feeder!  The baby waited for one of its attentive parents to pick up one of those millet seeds and pop it into its mouth. The dutiful parent…probably doing the bird equivalent of an eye-roll…obliged the request and popped in a seed.

I suspect this behavior won’t be tolerated on for very long.

(from SVBC member Benjamin ‘Patch’ Patchett in Mt. Aukum, California)

Lazuli Bunting: photo from eBird

Hey, SVBC members…send your Tiny Moments to us and we’ll post them! Send to: (Greg Homer)


alison.w.olivier@gmail,coim (Alison Olivieri)

Another ‘Tiny Moment’

This ‘Tiny Moment’ happened in California. It happened in California but the tiny moment involved one of our favorite San Vito birds. Here’s how it happened.

My wife Helen and I, recently returned from Costa Rica, were enjoying the outdoor charms of a nearby public park. From the backyard of a neighboring house came an oddly familiar sound;

‘Hey, that sounds like a White-throated Crake’ said Helen.

‘It sure does.’

After a bit of detective work the call of the White-throated Crake turned into the sound of an electric grass trimmer. Oops; but it was a very pleasant reminder of home.

Listen to the actual call of the White-throated Crake by clicking on the link below:

Let me know if you think the sound of the Crake is reminiscent of a grass trimmer.

(From Greg Homer)

Sunday Morning Bird Walk: Wilson Garden–April 3

Please join the San Vito Bird Club for a Bird Walk.

When: Sunday, April 3 at 7:00am-9am.

Where: Meet outside the Wilson Garden Recepcion office. Binoculars available as needed.

We normally have a couple of breakfast options for sale after the walk; not sure that’s going to happen this week. It could happen…stay tuned. If not, coffee and tea will be available following the walk.

April is prime migratory bird season down here. Swainson’s Thrushes, Piratic Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, a variety of warblers and vireos could be out.

There is no charge for this bird walk if you are a San Vito Bird Club member. If you’re not, Sunday might be a good time to join.

Hope to see you there.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a migrant from North America. Photo by Gail Hull.

Bird Walk at Finca Cantaros: Sunday, March 13th

Please join the San Vito Bird Club on our next birding walk.

When: Sunday, March 13th at 7am-9am.

Where: Meet at the front gate of Finca Cantaros. We will be escorted through this beautiful and unique property. Part of the walk will include a search for the ‘pato magico/magic duck’ on the lake!

Anything else?: Binoculars and field guides will be available. Please leave your pets at home.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Magic Duck

Happy 70th Anniversary…San Vito!

The San Vito Bird Club sends out our congratulations and very best wishes to the town of San Vito on its 70th Anniversary. We encourage you to participate in an entire week’s worth of historical, cultural and dining-related activities, Feb. 21-28.

Attached below is the schedule of activities to commemorate and celebrate this historic milestone

(scroll to see all 3 pages)

Please Join the San Vito Bird Club for a Half-and-Half

On Sunday, Feb. 13th please join the San Vito Bird Club for a Half-and-Half Bird Outing.

(Half-and-Half means this outing is half bird WALK and half bird SIT.)

Meet up near the entrance to the Magic Road (you may contact me…Greg Homer…if you don’t know the location of the Magic Road. 7:00am to 8:30am

  1. We will walk a few hundred meters down the Magic Road, birding along the way. Expect to see a variety of seedeaters, tanagers and flycatchers. This is the first HALF.
  2. We will then reverse course and along the way have a relaxing SIT in a lovely flat spot just inside Nacientes Encantadas (a protected property of Asociación Ambiental Finca Cántaros). Five or so folding chairs will be provided, Bring a light folding chair if you have one. This is the second HALF.
  3. Bring some water (snack?) and proper footwear. The Magic Road can be a bit goofy; rocks and gravel.

Hope to see you there. We’ll have fun and we’ll see some nice birds.

Funeral por Judith Ippolito: Date and time

Está cordialmente invitado a participar en el servicio religioso, y/o la reunión social para recordar y celebrar la vida de Judith Ippolito. Por favor, no se sienta obligado a asistir, si no se siente cómodo.
Siéntase libre de compartir esta información, pues no tenemos los contactos de todos.

Misa funeral por Judith Ippolito
 Lugar: La Iglesia Católica en San Vito Fecha: jueves 27 de enero de 2022 Hora: 15:00 h.

Recuerdo (reunión social)
 Lugar: La Cascata del Bosco Fecha: 29 de enero de 2022 Hora: 9:00 am


You are cordially invited to participate in the religious service and/or the social gathering to remember the life of Judith Ippolito. Please don’t feel obligated to attend either if you don’t feel comfortable.
Feel free to share this information, we don’t have everyone’s contact information.

Funeral Mass for Judith Ippolito
Place: The Catholic Church in San VitoDate: Thursday January 27, 2022Time: 3:00 p.m.

Remembrance (social gathering)
Place: La Cascata del BoscoDate: Saturday January 29th, 2022Time: 9:00 a.m.

A Fond Farewell: Judith Ippolito

Mere sadness does not come close…not close at all…to convey how we feel about the recent passing of long-time friend and San Vito Bird Club member Judith Ippolito.

Our most genuine and profound condolences go out to Judith’s family–especially to our neighbor and very good friend, her loving husband Joe Ippolito.

We all have special memories of Judith, I am sure; her appreciation of nature…her dedication and hard work in many Spay & Neuter clinics…hearing her relay stories about the joys and perils of working on the farm. Most of all, I suspect, we all remember Judith for her unfailing joy of life, her glorious smile, her unequaled, flowing, raven-colored hair and her sense of humor.

Both a secular memorial and a Requiem Mass will be offered. Dates and times of these services will be forthcoming.

Allow me to share a most fond memory in this article (I tend to weep easily and would prefer to share it now). My wife Helen and I were visiting Joe and Judith at their home for lunch. We were quite new down here and our friendship was just blooming. During coffee, Helen started to talk about Ariadna’s little dog Africa (many of you will recall Africa). Helen stated that Africa reminded her of one of the Muppets…Gonzo. Judith was drinking coffee at this point and when she pictured Gonzo the Muppet, she laughed so hard she spit coffee all over Helen. Joe was a bit shocked but Helen and Judith just laughed and laughed and then laughed some more. That coffee proved to be a christening of our love and friendship.

Please enjoy the photos below of our dear, dear friend…Judith Ippolito,

The look of love.
Caring for animals.
Beautiful family.
Chicken dinner?

Like Ornaments to Hang on Your Tree

We love birds. Merry Christmas.

Ring-necked Duck (female): Finca Cantaros–Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Blue-winged Teal hybrid: Finca Cantaros–Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Swainson’s Thrush: Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Chestnut-sided Warbler: Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Mouse-colored Tyrannulet: Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
White-crested Coquette (female): Finca Cantaros–Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
White-tipped Sicklebill: Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Common Pauraque (Cuyeo): Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Golden-olive Woodpecker: Photo courtesy of David Rodriquez Arias
Yellow-breasted Chat: photo courtesy of Randall Jimenez
Rosy Thrush-tanager: photo courtesy of Randall Jimenez
Double-toothed Kite: photo courtesy of Randall Jimenez

Birding in Your Pajamas

Get up…go outside…breathe deep…sweat…enjoy nature. As you probably are aware that is our mantra here at the San Vito Bird Club, So really…please do that.

But there may be times when, oh…you have the sniffles…a blister on your foot…a bad case of lethargy. If these or similar symptoms hit you, we now offer you a reasonable alternative to the *see above*.

Here are three options that allow you to go birding, from the couch, in your pajamas.

#1: Watch birds in South Africa

Follow this link to see a live streaming bird feeder in Pretoria, South Africa. The sheer number of birds and the diversity of birds is quite astounding. You’ll see Weavers, Hoopoes, Starlings, Lovebirds, old world Barbets, the Mousebird, the Go-Away Bird and much, much more. As a bonus the blogger displays the species names for you on the screen. The live stream continues at night when you might see bats and South African nocturnal mammals.

#2: Hummingbirds of Ecuador

This is place I’ve actually been to; Satchatamia Lodge in Mindo, Ecuador. The hummingbird feeders are kept spotlessly clean. Expect to see close to 20 different hummingbird species including our very own speedy and powerful, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird.

#3: Panama Birds at a Feeder, courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

You’ll recognize most the birds on these Panama feeders…but not all!

Enjoy these live streams but get off the couch, put on your hiking clothes and GET OUT THERE!