I called up the area on the iPad and Sergio gave showed me where to go in La Parguera. Next morning we set out again to little town. We drove up and down the road Sergio pointed out and found nothing remotely resembling a lumber yard. We drove in the opposite direction. Nothing. We tried again on the road and while passing the Puerto Viejo Cafe and Convenience Store, we saw grackles go into a tree in the parking lot. Sergio had mentioned that the birds also could be seen at a store that sold pasteles, so perhaps this was that place. While I looked into the tree (and found a Eurasian Collared-Dove staring back at me), Shari went into the store to buy some soda and ask about the lumber yard. They didn't know anything about a lumber yard, but the proprietor, when he heard we were looking for birds, said that he'd been feeding them for thirty years. He took us to his side yard and showed us the elaborate bird bath/fountain he'd set up for the birds. There weren't any birds around then, but he said to come back around 4 o'clock and there would be plenty of them.
|Yellow-shouldered Blackbirds & SHINY COWBIRD (female)|
Photos: Shari Zirlin
|Yellow-shouldered Blackbirds, Shiny Cowbirds, Greater Antillean Grackles & House Sparrow|
We watched for about a half hour, took the address so Shari could send him some photos. He didn't act as though many birders came to his yard and didn't seem to think the blackbirds were anything special. It's all what you're used to.