SE Dom. Rep. february 2016
We stayed at the Dreams La Romana, a short walk from Bayahibe, for the first two weeks of February. It wasn't a birding holiday, but I settled the wife on a sunbed and did a circuit of the hotel perimeter most mornings.
The gardens were immaculate and just outside the fence was the scrubby jungle. The weather was 28-30 degrees every day, we had 3 showers in the fortnight which lasted about 30 minutes each !!
All the birds seen were seen in or from the hotel, we did 3 trips, the best being to see the breeding Humpback Whales, but I only added GWE and Laughing Gull, both in Santa Domingo harbour.
The birds, in no particular order :
Antillean Palm Swift - everywhere, flocks over the swimming pools using the thatched sunshades to catch food.
Cattle Egret - wherever there are cattle
Snowy Egret - on the beach and rocks
Turkey Vulture - everywhere
Bannaquit - common in the gardens
Hispaniola Woodpecker - loudest bird in the gardens
Antillean Mango - hummingbird in every tree in flower
Brown Pelican - fishing of the beach
Smooth Billed Ani - small flock seen once
Yellow Faced Grassquit - common in garden
Magnificent Frigatebird - constantly in the air over Bayahibe
Prairie Warbler - twice
Belted Kingfisher - over the sea and fishing in the pond in the garden
Hispaniola Palm Crow
Common Ground Dove
Hispaniola Lizard Cuckoo - in the scrub and occasionally in the gardens
Ruddy Turnstone - on the beach at Bayahibe
American Kestrel - Bayahibe
Village Weaver - with their hanging nests
Great Blue Heron - in off the sea
Greater Antillean Bullfinch - in the scrub
Greater Antillean Grackle
Black Whiskered Vireo
Red Legged Thrush
Yellow Crowned Night Heron - in the little eco area
White Crowned Pigeon - easier to hear than see
Broad Billed Tody - in the scrub by the tennis court
Kildear - on the football pitch
Northern Waterthrush - on the rocks by the beach
Red Tailed Hawk - one mobbed by palm swifts
Black and White Warbler
Black Crowned Palm Tanager
Black Faced Grassquit
Also on trip to the local school :
Hope this helps if anybody else is considering the Dom. Rep.
We really enjoyed it, and the birding was easy and relaxed, some days not much, then others with no apparent difference in weather, birds everywhere !!!
I tried tape luring the Tody for the first time and had 3 or 4 within seconds !!