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Old Saturday 29th March 2008, 13:53   #1
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Barbados - April '08

Heading to Barbados for a week end of April. Any updates on worthwhile sites?

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Old Saturday 3rd May 2008, 15:58   #2
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Good sun, swim, snorkel, eating, walking, people. Birding not the best. Of course I'm not the best birder either so certain there's many species I missed.

They've done a good job with the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. We had the place to ourselves. Designed to be seen by general public (wide flat paths). All new facility. You feel as though you are at a zoo more than a sanctuary. On the afternoon of our visit not much diversity. Other place of interest was Welchman Hall Gully. It has 90% of the Island's flora/fauna.

In total I listed 18 species.
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I went there recently too. Highlights were semi-palmated sandpipers and plovers, a purple heron, and a number of other small as-yet-to-be-determined waders. Also the ubiquitous Bananaquit, plenty of egrets (snowy, little and cattle) and a moorhen.

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You should hopefully see Yellow Warblers (Golden Warblers - island race) at Graeme Hall.
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Anyone going to Barbados should look for the Bullfinch, which was recently elevated to species status, and little egret, which there has its first breeding colony on this side of the atlantic.

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Also the 2 species of hummer - Green-throated Carib and the smaller Antillean Crested
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Highlights were semi-palmated sandpipers and plovers, a purple heron, and a number of other small as-yet-to-be-determined waders.
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I'm guessing that the 'purple' heron should be classed as yet-to-be-determined, as, wouldn't a purple heron be a major rarity there? Though as cattle egrets and even little egrets have made it, who knows.
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I'm guessing that the 'purple' heron should be classed as yet-to-be-determined, as, wouldn't a purple heron be a major rarity there? Though as cattle egrets and even little egrets have made it, who knows.
Yes, Purple heron would be a major rarity, which should be described in a short paper for Journal of Caribbean Ornithology. More likely and somewhat of the same colors would be little blue heron, tricolored heron, and great blue heron.

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My mistake chaps - I think these purple coloured ones are known as Green Herons.

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My mistake chaps - I think these purple coloured ones are known as Green Herons.

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