|Sanderling - Calidris alba @ Oistins molting|
Here is the break down from the Cornell Global Big Day 2017 held on May 13. It was a very overcast day, the treat of rain was always around but I registered my first bird at 4:55am and the last one at 5pm turning in seventeen checklists and tallying 495 individual birds. I recorded 53 species, which was seven species over my previous best in 2016. This was also the highest individual count, up five from 2015 and the highest Global Big Day count for the island, up one from 2015. I recorded four year birds moving my year tally from seventy – four to seventy – eight.
Misses and Surprises
I missed a few birds-
- Blackpoll Warbler- I knew this would have been a toss-up but after seeing this late migrant one week before I was hoping to see it again but did not.
- West Indies Whistling Dusk – A single bird at a private pond in St. Philip. This bird was at this location for a few years now it even has ducklings with a Black- whistling duck so I figured that it would have been an easy find but it was not there.
- Red-billed Tropicbird – I did not see a single RBTB at its nesting cliff.
- Southern lapwing – This bird was scarce for most of the year but I saw it on May 4th and figured that it was back, but I did not see it on bird count day.
- Willet – there was a Willet at Chancery Lane for most of the week prior to the count so I was astonished not to see it.
- Bank Swallow – I saw this bird at my second stop of the day, Pile Bay, among a group of Caribbean Martins.
- Pectoral Sandpiper – I was not expecting to see this bird this early in the year, this is normally seen during the winter migration in the latter part of the year.
It was a most productive Global Big Day even though this is normally the worst birding period of the year.
|Here is a full list
of birds seen (Year birds are in red) and a link to more images