Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Bird #27: Grassland Yellow Finch

Common Name: Grassland Yellow Finch/ Grass Canary
Scientific Name: Sicalis liteola     
Description: 4.75 inches; Males: upperparts olive yellow with streaks; underpart yellow; Females: same color as the males but duller- juveniles has streaks on the breast.
Habitat: seed eaters can be found in pastures, agricultural fields etc.     


Sunday, 24 March 2013

Bird #26: Least Sandpiper

Name: Least Sandpiper
Scientific Name: Calidris minutilla      
Description: 5-6.5 inches; small sandpiper; yellowish-green feet; underparts white with marking on breast; white rump with a little black in tail feathers; upperparts brownish; thin bill with a slight  drooping tip; Breeding: upperparts mottling reddish brown plumage.
Habitat: mud flaps
Least Sandpipers are non-breeding migrant to the island. Large flocks can be seen on mud flaps throughout the island.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Bird #25: Great Blue Heron

Common Name:  Great Blue Heron

Scientific Name: Ardea herodias

Description: 45-54 inches; a wing span of over 6 feet; large blue grey bird; long legs, thighs reddish brown, long necks mainly reddish brown upper and white to buff under with black streaks; large head with  a black strip above the eyes which extends to plumes to the back of head; large yellowish dagger shape bill. In flight: two tone coloration lighter Blue grey with darker grey –black on the outer parts of the wings.

Habitat:  Wetlands – fresh and brackish water swamps, ponds; a non-breeding visitor to the island; Birds were observed at all major swamps on the island and a few small ponds. One of if not the largest birds that visits the island person, persons seeing one of these birds for the first time are shock at its size and grace in flight. 


Friday, 15 March 2013

Bird # 24: Green Heron

Common Name: Green Heron/Green Back Heron/Gaulin

Scientific Name: Butorides virescens

Description: 16-19 inches; short neck;  greyish green back and wings  with white – buff highlights ; underparts chestnut –brown with white – buff strips on neck; black crown; yellowish legs; long ,dark dagger shape bill. Breeding: Leg bright orange

Habitat: Found mainly but no absolutely around wetland; feed on fish, crustaceans, insects etc.

Breeding Plumage

Breeding Plumage

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Bird # 23: Antillean Crested Hummingbird

Common Name: Antillean Crested Hummingbird
Scientific Name: Orthorhyncus cristatus
Description: 3.25-3.75 inches; tiny humming bird; short straight bill upperparts green; Males: Green iridescent crested, underparts blackish; Females:  no crest;  underpart whitish grey;  Juveniles:  no crest.
Habitat: gardens, flowering plants and trees; very wide spread throughout the island