Friday, 11 May 2018

Global Big Day 2018

West Indian Whistling Duck seen during GBD 2018
Global Big Day 2018 is in the bag and it was another success.  Internationally over 28,000 person in more than 250 countries, recorded in excess of 6900 species of birds from the more than 74,960 checklist submitted to ebird.  These stat were all higher than last year’s total.  
Here, in Barbados, we had two participants, Dr. John Webster and myself.  Together we equaled 2017 total of 53 species with John recording 50 species and I 49.

Here is a list of the 53 bird species seen during the Global Big Day:

  1. Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Dendrocygna autumnalis
  2. West Indian Whistling Duck - Dendrocygna arborea
  3. Masked Duck - Nomonyx dominicus
  4. Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps*           
  5. Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
  6. Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens
  7. Great Egret - Ardea alba
  8. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
  9. Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
  10. Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
  11. Green Heron - Butorides virescens
  12. Eurasian Spoonbill - Platalea leucorodia
  13. Osprey - Pandion haliaetus*
  14. Purple Gallinule - Porphyrio martinica*
  15. Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata
  16. Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
  17. Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva
  18. Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
  19. Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
  20. Sanderling - Calidris alba
  21. Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
  22. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla
  23. Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus
  24. Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
  25. Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria#
  26. Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca
  27. Willet - Tringa semipalmata
  28. Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes
  29. Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
  30. Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii#
  31. Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus
  32. Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
  33. Scaly-naped Pigeon - Patagioenas squamosa
  34. White-crowned Pigeon - Patagioenas leucocephala#
  35. Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
  36. Common Ground-Dove - Columbina passerina
  37. Zenaida Dove - Zenaida aurita
  38. Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata
  39. Green-throated Carib - Eulampis holosericeus
  40. Antillean Crested Hummingbird - Orthorhyncus cristatus
  41. Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri
  42. Caribbean Elaenia - Elaenia martinica
  43. Gray Kingbird - Tyrannus dominicensis
  44. Black-whiskered Vireo - Vireo altiloquus
  45. Caribbean Martin - Progne dominicensis
  46. Northern Waterthrush - Parkesia noveboracensis*
  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. Shiny Cowbird - Molothrus bonariensis
  53. Carib Grackle - Quiscalus lugubris
* - Birds seen only by Dr. Webster on the day
# - Birds seen only by Me on the day

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Global Big Day 2018: a birding world record from

This Black-throated Mango is one of the incredible 1,545 species of birds reported from Colombia on Global Big Day. Photo by Juan Diego Castillo/Macaulay Library.

Birds are incredible. Their power to inspire and amaze brings people together across every imaginable boundary. Global Big Day is the embodiment of this worldwide connectedness: a single day to celebrate birds in every place on Earth. On 5 May, Global Big Day, 28,000 people ventured outside in 170 countries, finding 6899 species: 2/3rds of the world’s bird species in one day. This is a new world record for birding and more birds seen by the Global Big Day team than any one person has ever seen in an entire year. Incredibly, more than 10% of species were reported by only one person, showing the impact that you have. This record belongs to every single person who took part. Thank you, and congratulations.
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Global Big Day

I tallied 49 species in yesterday's Global Big Day.  I will give a break down later in the week along with images etc.  I hope you all had a great big day and please share with us how your day went, high points of the count and final tally,  in the comments. Have a great day.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Birding for Warblers - April 21st

Shiny Cowbird  from last weekend
The morning of April 21st was wet and cold, it rained intermittently throughout the night and early morning. I started my journey at 5:15am it was still dark outside but some birds, not just the neighborhood roosters, were up and calling.  I made my way to the islands only remaining Red Mangrove swamp in hope of seeing stop-over migratory song birds, mainly warblers, on their northerly flight to breeding grounds in North America from wintering in South America.  This time of year (late April /early May)  is the best time to find them, but don’t be misled this is not a Point Pelee spring migration type of birding experience.   (Point Pelee is a national park in Canada which is famous for song birding during spring migration in April and May )type of birding experience.  Very few song birds stop on the island during spring migration but bad weather increases the likelihood of stop overs so it is like finding a needle in a haystack.
That was my first attempt at finding the proverbial needle in the haystack and I came up empty.  At the end of my birding I tallied 27 bird species, sadly none of which were migratory song birds. I will try to make weekly visits right through to mid-May, hopefully I will record a migrant or two at the end of it all.

Here a list of the birds seen:
  1. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
  2. Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
  3. Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
  4. Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
  5. Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
  6. Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
  7. Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
  8. Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)
  9. Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
  10. Scaly-naped Pigeon (Patagioenas squamosa)
  11. Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
  12. Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina)
  13. Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita)
  14. Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus)
  15. Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus)
  16. Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
  17. Orange-winged Parrot (Amazona amazonica)
  18. Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica)
  19. Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis)
  20. Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus)
  21. Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis)
  22. Yellow Warbler (Golden) (Setophaga petechia [petechia Group])
  23. Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)
  24. Black-faced Grassquit (Tiaris bicolor)
  25. Barbados Bullfinch (Loxigilla barbadensis)
  26. Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)
  27. Carib Grackle (Quiscalus lugubris)