House For Sale – Winding Down Our Time in Costa Rica!

It has been seven years since we made our leap to Costa Rica and I guess we have recently come down with the “seven year itch.” We have decided to put our home up for sale! There has not been any particular happening that has driven us to this decision, but mostly a yearning for a change of scenery (“What?”, you say! “How could it get any better?”) and opportunities to do different things.

The view from our pool deck is spectacular!

Our time here has been full of adventures and if you have been following this blog for a while, you know quite well what I am talking about. We are very blessed to have had the opportunity to experience living in such a picturesque and amazing country as Costa Rica. The natural beauty of the diverse flora and fauna, the wonderful people we have met, the tranquility, and the great (mostly) weather are a few that top the list. There will be many things that we will miss — and a few that we surely won’t! No reason to dwell on the negatives, though.

The last month has been a busy time for us – focusing much of our time on cleaning and de-cluttering the house to get it ready to show. Needless to say, after so much work our muscles are sore and we could use massages, but the place looks great. The local real estate market has been heating up recently with much interest coming from the United States. I can’t imagine why people might want to get away from the states right now -Ha Ha! So, with the house now in show condition, all we need is a buyer… Check out the sales listing here. Perhaps you know someone who might like to have a Costa Rica get away.

Have you ever seen such an amazing rainbow?
We have some wonderful sunsets. No two are the same.

Baby Hummingbirds – Hatching to Liftoff

Several months ago, we noticed a mama hummingbird starting to build a nest in a Lipstick palm tree right next to our house. We had a great view into the nest from a second floor window that overlooks the palm. Quite intrigued, we kept a close watch and tried to document the progress with photos and video. Mama entertained us for many hours a day. We were constantly checking on her.

Hummingbirds are small, but their eggs are tiny! To give you a perspective, the opening of the nest above is only about 1.25 inches across. The eggs are about the size of jellybeans! The nest is amazing – built of very fine plant and leaf fibers. Mama also collects strands of spider web and uses them to add strength to the nest. To provide some camouflage, she attaches lichens around the outside. Apparently the nest of each species of hummingbird has its own particular look. This one is the Rufus-tailed hummingbird.

The two baby hummingbirds hatched around the 7th or 8th of October. Mama sat on top of the babies to keep them warm in between feedings and at night. She stopped doing this a few days before the babies were ready to leave the nest. We had several big storms during this time and we were so worried about them. The wind and rain were very strong and thrashed the palm leaves against each other. We thought mama would be thrown from the nest, but she managed to hang on!

The mother was very busy collecting food to feed her chicks. She returned to the nest every 15 minutes or so and stuck her long beak way down the babies’ throats to deliver the food.

Hungry birds are growing fast!

One day, Mama had to defend her babies from a lizard. She was flying around the lizard and squawking at it. Eddie ended up helping her out. He took a broom and used it to shake all the branches around the nest. The lizard took the hint and took off.

Their feathers are becoming distinct.

The above photo taken only a little more than two weeks after the eggs hatched and it was the last one we took since it was the day that the little guys flew out and away. We went upstairs to check on them a few hours after the photo was taken and the nest was empty. It is amazing how fast they developed! Below is a short video compilation showing the progression.

We read that the babies will hang around the nest for a day or two learning how to fly and for mama to show them where to find food. Shortly after we realized the babies had left the nest for good, we started to look for the cat. Fortunately, Rusty was easy to find and we locked him inside!

A gorgeous double rainbow. It was even more spectacular in person. It appeared in the early morning of December 31, 2020. Happy New Year! Hopefully, 2021 will be much better than 2020!