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Coming to Barbados Feb 2 - Feb 9, 2013 (1 Viewer)

cdmazoff

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Hello All.. I'm coming to Barbados and wanted to do some birding.. I am quite upset about Graeme Hall being closed.

I will be staying in Prospect Bay at the Waves.... If anyone wants to team up for a day that would be great..

Other than that.. where are some good spots to go when I get there.. Mostly I will be snorkelling; but I also want to do birding

CD
Victoria BC
 

njlarsen

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Barbados
Take a look at this page: http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Barbados for 5 locations mentioned (including Graeme Hall).

The only endemic species currently recognized (Bullfinch) is likely to be around your hotel, and make sure you notice the Grackles (could be a future split). Additionally, be aware that European visitors are quite likely, like the one flock of Wigeons I heard about a couple of years ago with 3 Eur. ones among about 12 birds.

Niels
 

njlarsen

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Barbados
One more thing that needs to be mentioned: learn to see the difference between for example Little Egret and Snowy Egret, this is the best place on the west of the Atlantic to see Little. Likewise, Grey Heron is possible and as mentioned above, other species with European origin

Niels

PS: notice the African Green Monkey running around.

Niels
 

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
Why is it that Barbados turns up plenty of european birds compared to other islands in the Caribbean ?

Steve
 

njlarsen

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Two things: the island is further east, it has some wetlands where especially herons, ducks, etc can rest for a while, and most important, there is a higher density of bird watchers than any other island in the Lesser Antilles.

The second "best" set of islands is Guadeloupe, at least in part due to more birders/

Niels
 

njlarsen

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Barbados
Looks right. Sora is not that rare in winter in Barbados as far as I know

Niels
 

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