Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Birding the Third Weekend of November




The birders on the island had a wonderful weekend with one of them racking up fifty-one (51)species in just a few hours of birding.  His checklist included such rarities as an American Coot, a Grey Heron, a Lesser Scaup, a Ring-necked Duck, a Red Knot, a Long-billed Dowitcher, a Northern Waterthrush and the threatened West Indian Whistling-Duck.  The best part of his checklist is that he was in the company of a visiting birder whose life list may have had a big boost from that outing. 

Another visiting birder, that was with us for a couple of weeks, jokingly allowed me to know that he will soon overtake my year’s list.  His list for Barbados now stands at seventy-one(71) species.  Some of his new lifers are the Barbados Bullfinch, Blackpoll Warbler and Eared Doves. 

My weekend was not as fulfilling.  My species count only totaled twenty-eight (28)species for the two days.  On Saturday I was finally able to get photos of the Long-billed Dowitchers in the east of the island.  On Sunday, my morning started at Six Men’s on the west coast of the island.  Every year a large flock of Sanderlings winter at this location with some tagged ones among the flock.
There were fifty-eight Sanderlings on the beach and among them was
tagged-bird Y2L.  This was the second year I reported Y2L and the third year it was reported in Barbados.  I contacted banded birds (www.bandedbirds.org) and reported the sighting.

Another highlight of the trip was the return of the Ruff.  I first spotted it a week or so ago, it was not seen after that, but now it is back.  I also missed a Green winged Teal at that same northern location.  It was only realized by another birder/photographer, as he was reviewing his photographs from that day.

All in all, it was a fair weekend of birding for me.

 Table below of the birds seen this weekend

Common Name
Scientific Name
Bananaquit
Coereba flaveola
Barbados Bullfinch
Loxigilla barbadensis 
Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola
Black-faced Grassquit
Tiaris bicolor
Blue-winged Teal
Anas discors
Carib Grackle
Quiscalus lugubris
Caribbean Martin
Progne dominicensis
Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis
Common Gallinule
Gallinula galeata
Common Ground-Dove
Columbina passerina
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Streptopelia decaocto
Grassland Yellow-Finch
Sicalis luteola
Gray Kingbird
Tyrannus dominicensis
Greater Yellowlegs
Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs
 Tringa flavipes
Little Egret
Egretta garzetta
Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps
Sanderling
Calidris alba
Scaly-naped Pigeon
 Patagioenas squamosa
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Calidris pusilla
Shiny Cowbird
 Molothrus bonariensis
Short-billed Dowitcher
Limnodromus griseus
Snowy Egret
Egretta thula
Stilt Sandpiper
Calidris himantopus
White-rumped Sandpiper
Calidris fuscicollis
Wilson's Snipe
Gallinago delicata
Zenaida Dove
Zenaida aurita








Monday, 17 November 2014

Birding the Third Weekend of November (Photographs)

SB Dowitcher
LB Dowitcher with Peeps



Cattle Egrets sunning

Tag Y2L Sanderling at Six Men's



Sanderling at Six Men's

Part of the Flock at Six Men's

Shorebirds in the north

Ruff in flight

Ruff

Friday, 14 November 2014

Bird #87: Blackpoll Warbler




Common Name: Blackpoll Warbler
Scientific Name: Setophaga striata
Description: 5-5.5inches; upperparts greenish yellow; feet orange yellow; white wing bars; chest yellowish with faint side streaks; underparts whitish, undertail white; eye stripe whitish . Breeding Male: black cap; white cheeks; black mustache stripe. Breeding Female: crown blackish streaks.
Habitat: Forest and wooded areas.
Statue: Passage Migrant.
Blackpoll Warbler makes one of the longest migrations of any North American Song Bird, a total of about 2,000 miles from western Alaska to the Venezuela and Guyana. This small bird arrives on our island around the 1st October through to early November.

References:
Websites:
·         Wikipedia
·         All about Birds
·         BirdNote.org