Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Global Big Day 2017

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 - Riparia riparia @ Pile Bay a first for the year

  • 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.
Pectoral Sandpiper - Calidris melanotos

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
  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna autumnalis
  2. Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens
  4. Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster
  5. Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
  6. Great Egret - Ardea alba
  7. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
  8. Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
  9. Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
  10. Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
  11. Green Heron - Butorides virescens
  12. Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
  13. Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata
  14. Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
  15. Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva
  16. Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
  17. Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
  18. Stilt Sandpiper - Calidris himantopus
  19. Sanderling - Calidris alba
  20. Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
  21. Pectoral Sandpiper - Calidris melanotos
  22. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla
  23. Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus
  24. Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
  25. Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca
  26. Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipesF
  27. Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
  28. Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
  29. Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus
  30. Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
  31. Scaly-naped Pigeon - Patagioenas squamosa
  32. Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
  33. Common Ground-Dove - Columbina passerina
  34. Zenaida Dove - Zenaida aurita
  35. Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata
  36. Black Swift - Cypseloides niger
  37. Green-throated Carib - Eulampis holosericeus
  38. Antillean Crested Hummingbird - Orthorhyncus cristatus
  39. Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri
  40. Yellow-crowned Parrot - Amazona ochrocephala
  41. Orange-winged Parrot - Amazona amazonica
  42. Caribbean Elaenia - Elaenia martinica
  43. Gray Kingbird - Tyrannus dominicensis
  44. Black-whiskered Vireo - Vireo altiloquus
  45. Caribbean Martin - Progne dominicensis
  46. Bank Swallow - Riparia riparia
  47. Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia
  48. Grassland Yellow-Finch - Sicalis luteola
  49. Bananaquit - Coereba flaveola
  50. Black-faced Grassquit - Tiaris bicolor
  51. Barbados Bullfinch - Loxigilla barbadensis
  52. Carib Grackle - Quiscalus lugubris
  53. Shiny Cowbird - Molothrus bbonariensis