Birds for the Month
In June, birders on the island recorded 52 species, including four first for the year and a few rare birds. The four first were a Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor), Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii), Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris) and a surprise appearance by a Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens). At the end of June 89 species of birds were recorded on the island.
Rare Birds by Parish * denotes a continuing Bird(s) (Birds from last month)
- Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)*
This bird is has been around since August 2019.
Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) – seen on the 14th at the
Mount Gay Distillery Pond with Black-bellied
autumnalis) by Mr. L. Larsen. This bird is expected at this time of year.
- Collared Plover
(Charadrius collaris) – this tiny plover was seen on the cliff above River Bay
on the 28th.
- Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) was seen on the 28th at River Bay
|American Coot (White Shielded)|
- American Coot ((White Shielded) Fulica Americana)*, 4 at The Walkers Reserve, with a pair actively involved in nest building, and one at Bawdens, an aggressive male paired with a Red shielded female.
- American Coot ((Red Shielded) Fulica Americana) the rarer of the two American Coot on island. One bird is at Walkers Reserve and the other is paired with a White Shielded at Bawdens as mentioned above.
- Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) – this is for sure the bird of the month. Photographed in a private residence on the St. Peter coastline. It is rare to see migratory warblers at this time of year with only one June-July record for this species in the West Indies, from St. Barthélemy on June 2, 2019.
- Long-billed Dowitcher
(Limnodromus scolopaceus)* one bird seen with two Short-billed Dowotichers by
John Webster on May 30th. Separating the two Dowitchers is always difficult so
I reached out to Guillermo Rodriguez Lazaro of the blog Sub-alpine birding, who
wrote a post on identifying dowitchers using the Underwing pattern, he
confirmed that one of the birds was indeed a Long-billed Dowitcher. The bird hanged around for a few days
and then moved on.
- Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) was seen in the cow
pasture at Golden Grove.
- White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) The first report for the year was on February 4th by Quincy Clarke. Seen on June 1st at Green Point.
- Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) seen at Oistins, sitting on a buoy way out to sea.
- Pearly-eyed Thrasher (Margarops fuscatus) – a photo and a short video of this bird drinking water were posted on Facebook on the 17th for identification. It is the second reported sighting of this species for the year.
June ended with an increase in birding activity. It no doubts will continue as we approach the business end of the year, the start of the southern migration.