Looking around the gardens of our Alajuela Airport Hotel, we counted no less than 8 active birds nests! There are Motmots, Yiguirros (clay robins or pigeons), Thrushes and more all looking to make homes. The Motmots are the most interesting as they like to make nests in holes. We found a motmot busily making a nest in the side of a large hole that we had dug to improve drainage and were about to fill in. We had to stop! We have nests in trees, nests on gutter downspouts, nests in our lemon tree outside our Restaurant, nests on our motion sensor floodlights at the front gate, nests around our pool, in our baby Eucalyptus tree and an ostentatious triple decker mansion being built in a Christmas palm near the main walk to Reception!!! We know there are more but these are the most obvious!
Clearly the local avian population has been reading our online comments about being a Garden Oasis near the San Jose Costa Rica Airport!!!
So far only one nest has actually completed its function successfully with the hatching of three Yiguirros. About three weeks later we watched as the mother taught them how to fly. What a big first step to take after being cramped up in the nest for weeks! Another has bluish eggs (not sure what type as the mother is very elusive) and the other nests are either too high up or are still in the process of being built.
For us at Hotel La Rosa, this is a great sign as it shows that even with thousands of guests a year, we are able to maintain a balance with nature and in fact provide a suitable green area for them to breed and feel sufficiently secure. We hope that many of these birds come back next year to continue the cycle! In the mean time, for the summer and fall months, we still have our giant bird bath – our swimming pool, which is a favorite of a surprisingly large number of our local birds who can frequently be seen splashing around on the steps or in some cases actually diving into the pool for a bath.
Come join us at La Rosa and you can too enjoy our property, pool, and gardens with all the flora and fauna it supports!