We sought out Alejandro with the blue and white taxi and got him to take us to what we call ‘the farm’. This lies at the back of the hill that you can see in the distance from the front of the hotel. It is a 15 minute drive down the road and we arranged for Alejandro to pick us up a few hours later. It’s a nice walk up the hill and a great view from near the top.
There seemed to be fewer butterflies about than we had seen before at different times of year though we still saw 5 species of Swallowtail including Cuban Kite N. celadon and Dusky H ponceana, still no decent photos of the latter but maybe one day. We also saw 3 Chestnut Leafwing Cymatogramma echemus and Caribbean Banner Lucinia sida. There was a nice selection of Cuban endemic birds, Cuban Tody, Cuban Trogon, Cuban Emerald, Cuban Oriole and Great Lizard Cuckoo, the latter not quite endemic as it is also found in the Bahamas.
Some men were harvesting mangoes and loading them onto mules to bring back down the hill. The commonest butterfly up here was the Bush Sulphur Pyrisitia dina with small numbers of Florida Duskywing Ephyriades brunnea.
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