Friday, 24 February 2017

Great Backyard Bird Count 2017

Ruddy Turnstone @ Oistins

I was unable to take part fully in the 20th Great Backyard Bird Count which took place over the last weekend, but still tallied 46 species at the end of it.  I got out on the first day, Friday 17th, and the last day, Monday 20th.  I added 1 species to my year bird count and four images to my Photographic Big Year challenge.  

Friday 17th   

Two Least and a Semipalmated Sandpiper @ WSR 
I opened my 2017 GBBC account with an afternoon visit to the Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge (WSR) and a private location in the East of the island.  I recorded 23 species at WSR including a continuing family of Black-crowned Night Heron1 and a Belted Kingfisher2. The other birds were Lesser Scaup3, Great Egret4, Little Egret5, Little Blue Heron6, Cattle Egret7, Green Heron8, Common Gallinule9, Least sandpiper10,  Semipalmated Sandpiper11, Spotted Sandpiper12, Solitary Sandpiper13, Greater14 and Lesser Yellowlegs15, Common Ground Dove16, Caribbean Elaenia17, Gray kingbird18, Northern Waterthrush19, Yellow Warbler20, Bananaquit21, Barbados Bullfinch22 and Carib Grackle23.

0ne of three Stilt Sandpipers seen on first day
A new bird for the year, a Stilt Sandpiper24, was the highlight of my second stop.  It took my current year tally to 59 species .  A handsome Grey Heron25 was still showing well, it was a staple at this location for over a month and is a fine example of this Eurasian heron.  These were among the 8 species added to my GBBC count ending the first day with 31 species.  Here are the other species: Ruddy Turnstone26, Black-bellied Plover27, Scaly-naped Pigeon28, Eurasian Dove29, Zenaida Dove30 and Eared Dove31. 

Monday 20th

Belted Kingfisher @ Six Men's Bay
Monday, the final day of the GBBC, I was able to make two stops in the morning and two in the afternoon.  In the morning I added 6 species- Magnificent Frigatebird32, Sanderling33, Belted Kingfisher34, Caribbean Martin35, Masked Duck36, Black-whiskered Vireo37 and Sora38The afternoon’s 2 locations added Blue-winged Teal39, Pied-billed Grebe40, Great Blue Heron41, Rock Pigeon42 (a year bird), Antillean Crested Hummingbird43, Shiny-cow Bird44, Black-faced Grassquit45 and Snowy Egret46.

I would have loved to participate more fully in the 20th GBBC but there will always be next year. Enjoy your birding!

 Here are a few more images
One of two Great Blue Herons @ Chancery Lane
Black-whiskered Vireo
Yellow Warbler