On Saturday June 13th 2015, I registered my 119th local lifer and 74th Barbados bird for the year. It was a very small bird, spotted first by the dynamic duo of local birding, Dr. Webster and Mr. Roach in the parish of St. Lucy. The bird is a Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris). It is between 5.5 – 6.25 inches in length, with white underparts, brownish- grey upperparts, nape and crown reddish-brown, white forehead and throat and a breast band which is black in adults but brownish in juveniles.
The Collard Plovers breeding range stretches as far north as Mexico, and South to Argentina and a few islands of the Caribbean.
It is labelled as an irregular visitor to Barbados in the book “Birds of Barbados an annotated Checklist” which has a registered twelve records dating from June 1959 to August 2007. Sightings were also confirmed post publishing of the book.
It was a very hard bird for me to photograph because of its small size and its hyperactive behavior. Its foot speeds and quick burst of speed is unlike any bird I have ever seen before. Below are the photographs I took.