Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Jamaica Still........

I'd like to point out that these Caribbean blog posts began way before the worldwide Coronavirus issues began to affect all walks of our life and countries began locking down and restricting travel. It's not meant to be a frivolous story-telling on how good we did, but a factual account of what we saw and the events surrounding our visit. In fact, things were about to get very tricky in a day or so.......

I was up and out at dawn, walking down the road from the hotel to the lush, subtropical forest that envelopes the hillsides here. To be honest I found it quite tough going in the humid conditions, especially as the forest is so thick here and it really was dark and gloomy until the sun appeared over the hills but that wasn’t until I was walking back! 

San San Forest Road

However, I did get great looks at both Rufous-tailed and a pair of Sad Flycatchers, as well as several Caribbean Doves at a fruiting tree, and a nice couple of Ruddy Quail-Doves were walking along the leaf-strewn road in front of me! 

Caribbean Dove
Sad Flycatcher

I also saw a pair of Arrowhead Warblers this morning, along with Loggerhead Kingbird, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Tody, Black-billed Streamertail, White-eyed and White-chinned Thrushes, Jamaican Spindalis, numerous White-crowned Pigeons and Louisiana Waterthrush.

Arrowhead Warbler

White-chinned Thrush

After breakfast we drove over to Ecclesdown Road and checked out the site, at completely the wrong time of day. The highlights weren’t many but better views of Black-billed Streamertail, a nice Black-whiskered Vireo, Worm-eating Warbler and a few Yellow-faced Grassquits were the pick of the bunch. Feeling a little deflated we headed off to visit some other places and enjoy a bit of a late afternoon siesta. 

Jamaican birding style...

My mood was lifted considerably when I managed to call in a Jamaican Owl after dinner and had decent views but was too enthralled with the beast to take a photo! 

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