I didn't really spend
too much time birding. And I really missed my scope (with the
new restrictions on luggage weight I left it home) at the observation
tower. I ended up with 20 identified species. Nine of them were
life birds for me.
House Sparrow BOO)
Carib Grackle (life)-
one guide I had said they weren't on the island, and one guide
said they were. I know a grackle when I see one, so I felt confident
in claiming it.
(life)- a group of these were feeding on a rabbit in the middle
road in Arikok National Park. One was an adult and the
rest (about 4) were
juveniles (brownish, not black).
Baltimore Oriole- seen at the Casibari Rock Formation
Parakeet (life)- seen both at Casibari and at Bubali.
American Kestrel- seen in the area near Ayo Rock Formation
Rock Dove (BOO)- not listed in either of my guides, but I sure
Seen at Bubali:
Striated Heron (life)- seen from the observation tower in a
Caribbean Coot (life)
(life)- also seen elsewhere.
Yellow Warbler- female
Pied-billed Grebe- close enough that I was able to see the bill
There were a number of birds that I could not identify at Bubali
because they were too far away. I probably saw a number of Least
Grebes, but won't claim them because it would be a lifer for
The entrance to Bubali next to the Treatment Plant was totally
grown over. I hadn't expected it so wasn't dressed properly.
We got the jeep in about 50 feet and that was it.
A marvelous place that I hope to return to in the future. Maybe
then I can bring my scope.
Gary "Boomer" Morris