Nearly every night here on the island there’s a short, brutal downpour — the type that can wake up us statesiders with our hearts pounding and the conviction that the roof is coming off. Imagine a cartoon where the character steps outside and has a bucket of water thrown on him — that’s what they’re like.
You’d think with all this water, it would be easily available to all the critters, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. One of the crucial components that brought the bananaquits back to the feeder was adding a dish of water along with the sugar dish. So every morning, when I refresh the sugar in the dishes that were brought in and washed the night before, I always make sure to fill up the water dish as well. The idea seems to be a hit.