The coral tree (Erythrina fusca) is in full bloom right now, and it is a busy place! All the birds, from the small hummingbirds to the large Montezuma oropendolas seem to love it. Even the insectivorous woodpeckers are drawn to it to feast on the flies, bees, and wasps that adore the flowers. Here is the view of it from our back veranda.
|This particular tree has orange flowers.
|It has a full canopy with lots of room to grow even more. That's it behind the small banana plants. You can see the tomatoes in our raised beds, plus some coconut palms.
|A few spent blossoms on the ground.
|A very complex structure. I think some insects get trapped in it.
|That's a Montezuma Oropendola in the center of the image with the blue patch on its face.
|And here it is showing off its yellow tail.
|Larger than an American crow, smaller than a raven, these oropendolas are the largest member of the New World Blackbird family.
For a few more weeks yet, the birds will feast at the Coral Tree Cafe.