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    Super Moderator Jacki's Avatar
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    On our first trip to Aruba we stayed at ABC and ate at the restaurant there (now Ricardo's) and had a little yellow bellied bird (Bananaquit) who sat right on the table with us. I loved it! Thanks for the memory!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ



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    those little birds are "finches"

    if you live in a warm climate they are called "sugar birds"

    if you have hummingbird feeders (sugar and water) they will visit!!!

    paul has taken 32 oz empty powerade bottles
    cut off 1/3 (the top)
    punched holes in the top and attached a wire to the holes/bottle filled with water and 1/4 cup of sugar.
    the finches love it and visit often to drink from the containers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    On our first trip to Aruba we stayed at ABC and ate at the restaurant there (now Ricardo's) and had a little yellow bellied bird (Bananaquit) who sat right on the table with us. I loved it! Thanks for the memory!

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    I thought they were Bananaquit or chickadees http://www.world-birds.com/birds/v/bananaquit
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    (trying to stay on topic hahaha)
    i did not know that "Peg's bird" was called a bananaquit.
    we call ours finches and up north we did call them chickadees

    thanks for the info!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    I thought they were Bananaquit or chickadees http://www.world-birds.com/birds/v/bananaquit

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    those little birds were eating out of the jelly/jam packets once while we were at the very same restaurant at the ABC!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    On our first trip to Aruba we stayed at ABC and ate at the restaurant there (now Ricardo's) and had a little yellow bellied bird (Bananaquit) who sat right on the table with us. I loved it! Thanks for the memory!

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    We love those birds. At the Divi bar, they will sit right on top of the liquor bottles and peck at them. I'm sure they are after the sugar in the alcohol. I'm surprised they don't fly into a wall. This year we watched a bird go back and forth for about a 1/2 hour.
    Hopefully we'll be back in Spring 2018

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    This one was sleeping at the resort. Just happened to walk by and notice it from the pool to the room.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnSVE47LvD4

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    Love these little birds at Divi they are so cute. Not afraid or shy of people we saw a few nests in the small trees this year which were pretty cool and unique. One nest was very close to the pizza bar and spa where people are constantly walking by, not even hidden in branches. Seeing as Divi is one of the resorts with no straws probably explains why I kept catching one on my straw every time I left my patio, finally had to cover my straw to hide it when I went inside.

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    Used to love them at Radisson's Laguna at breakfast.... always called them 'sugar thief's'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    (trying to stay on topic hahaha)
    i did not know that "Peg's bird" was called a bananaquit.
    we call ours finches and up north we did call them chickadees

    thanks for the info!!
    My bird, may have been a Lesser Antillean Bullfinich. It was smaller than the black birds with yellow bellies. I looked at images on line and it was the best I could come up with.

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