we are still in Mindo, seeing some amazing birds!! You would not believe the colours of the hummingbirds! This afternoon we watched a toucanet feeding it,s baby. We have met some very friendly gringos here - spent today with a couple from New Mexico who are building a house here - it is 3000 sq ft with decks all around. They are also building a small house for a full-time caretaker - both houses together will cost about $80,000!! They are also birders and took us to some good sites , as well as trails on thier own 50 acres.
The weather has been warm, 20 degrees or so (T-shirts, maybe long sleeves at night)- the days generally start out sunny, or overcast but it usually rains about 2pm for an hour or so and again in the evening. Ecuador has been having power problems as it was a very dry summer and there was not enough water for the hydroelectric dams so power is out for a couple of hours each day - during the day so no problem for us.
Have been really enjoying lots of fresh fruit, some new to us and the food generally is good.
Speaking of that, it,s time for dinner.
Take care and don,t forget to write to us!
Malcolm and Elinor