Last June when I was in Aruba I saw Bananaquits building and
then Tearing apart their nest after a pair of Troupials
stole their eggs. I was fascinated by the fact that the birds
tore down their nest and in all likelihood recycled the many
deversified parts.I took these pictures from December 2008 until
March 2009. I stay [on the island] three months in the
winter and three months in the summer. The palm tree is now
bare of all traces of their presence.
building the nest.
raid the Banaquit nest.
Bananaquits dismantle the now-eggless nest.
there was no trace left of the nest.
John, for this fascinating glimpse into the lives of these Aruba
and Jeff Wells