Warderick Cay and Shit Birds

Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

April 11, 2009 - Warderick Wells North Anchorage
Whatta beautiful morning.  After a hardy breakfast of ham and eggs, biscuits and coffee we lounged in our cockpit waiting for the day to begin.  The little Bananaquit came visiting, hopping around on the cup holders, the side of Dave's cup and on the table looking for his sugar.  Dave handed up a small bowl of sugar and the Bananaquit came back to feast on the sugar - getting sugar all over his beak and the table.  Satisified - he flew off to join his friends for the day in the bushes to entertain the new cruisers arriving.
A few minutes later he and his friends returned to look for sugar.  They hopped on the binnacle then over to the cup and then on to the top of the computer screen but ....alas no sugar.   Off they flew.
Around 11:30 we left the boat - dinghied around the area although the current was running quickly into the anchorage.  I had closed the companionway but all the hatches and portals were open to the breeze.  After hiking around the island we settled into the chairs up on the porch of the Park Service  building overlooking the water.  Met another couple traveling on a 36 Pearson out of Wisconsin.  They were heading back up the Exumas to the Abacos.  We spent a wonderful afternoon talking with them and enjoying the soft breezes across the water.
We returned to Spindrift around 4:00 to get ready for Happy  Hour at 5:30 on the beach.  Bring our drinks and something to share.  All the moorings are occupied in the North and South Anchorages so hopefully there will be a good crowd.  From what I understand, cruisers don't miss pot lucks or happy hours!   Tomorrow we're having Easter Dinner potluck on the beach - ham and turkey provided - the rest is up to us.  I've decided on sweet potatoes since I have a large can of them!
Returning to Spindrift I went down below and noticed a suspect amount of what looked like watery, sugary poop!  And it was on the nav station, on the table and kitchen counter and an apple in the bowl had been pecked through thoroughly.  Dave said they had sat on the corner of the sink in the head also.   Tell-tale signs.
I guess the little Bananaquit-shit birds made there way through the hatches - once in the head they figured they couldn't get anywhere because the door was closed so came up and in through the forward hatch and feasted and pooped their way thru the boat! 
When I popped my head up through the hatch, five little Bananaquit-Shit birds were sitting on the life lines ready to move in.  Right now there is one in the cockpit looking around for a handout.  As I'm sitting here, he is heading for the companionway  - ready to make himself at home down below.  I had to swing my arm at him to get him out of here.  They are no longer welcomed!
Should have known better about feeding wildlife!
Ahhhh....but life is good.
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Fried Shitty BIrd - yummy!
I wonder if Giada DeLorentis from the Foodnetwork has a recipe for frying those little buggers...I'm sure it would involve panchetta and parmigiana Romano cheese

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