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  •  I do appreciate that. (7+ / 0-)

    Maybe I'll call them something nicer.

    Nice to see you, LoE.

    •  Oropendula is the local name. (5+ / 0-)

      Because they are golden, and for the pendulous nests they build, looking like hundreds of fat gourds in a colony tree that stands above the canopy.

      Beautiful and intelligent birds, acting much like a jay in the North does.

      •  Thanks for the info. (2+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, ypochris

        There are a lot of them here, They are strangely beautiful.

        •  We saw many trees full of their nests (1+ / 0-)
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          One Pissed Off Liberal

          in the pasture lands around Arenal volcano, when we took a boat across the reservoir and rode up to Monte Verde.

          That is actually a trip I would recommend, assuming you are accustomed to riding for many hours. Choose a strong horse and a guide that knows the plants and birds. The mud, up to the horse's bellies, is brutal - thus the spirited horse. And it is quite steep. Although some people recommend riding DOWN the mountain, as they think it is easier on the horse (questionable), I very strongly advise against it. Of course, if you don't know how unpleasant it would be to ride down a very steep mountain for half the day, I don't recommend riding up the mountain either...

          As beautiful as the trip through the rainforest was, the town of Monte Verde itself I thought sucked. First, the restaurants at the top of the trail wouldn't let our guide join us for a meal, so it left me with an empty stomach and a bitter taste in my mouth. Then there were so many rude tourists blocking the way that you literally couldn't walk down the sidewalks, and had to take your chances on the narrow, busy streets. Prices were high and I didn't see much that justified it. And it wasn't even the season for Quetzals. We took the first bus out.

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