Shorebirds in Abaco, Bahamas

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Sure, I can see most of the birds in the Bahamas while living within Florida, but not in such stunning surroundings! The Abaco Islands are in the northern end of the Bahamas, covering over 700 square miles and home to around 17,000 people. Trips Bahamas Birding natureAbaco is beautiful. My family and I were staying at the edge of a sand beach, facing a wide flat in a house charmingly named “Bone Ami.”

The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas. All in all, twenty six airplane flights this year, traveled around the world, to 11 countries, and not one single delay, or interruption of service, until the Bahamas. Next we traveled thru one of the neighborhoods looking for a specific pigeon, before stopping at what turned out to be one of my favorites, the Bahama National Trust “Retreat”. Bahamas Species – 58.

Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas

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Way back in February when I was enjoying a family-and-friends vacation on New Providence in the Bahamas I wisely hired the best – and the only – bird guide on the island, Carolyn Wardle , for half a day to show me around some of the hotspots and help me find endemics and other species I wanted to see. It was perhaps the oddest life bird I got in my too short time in the Bahamas, a bird that does not belong in the western hemisphere at all.

All Sea Turtles Finally Protected in the Bahamas

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Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species inhabit the Bahamas, and previously it was legal to kill any sea turtle species found there except one, the hawksbill. Tags: turtles Bahamas endangered species About time. Now, they are all protected.

Birding Lakeview Drive Ponds, Paradise Island, New Providence, Bahamas

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From 20 February through 25 February I was on a family-and-friends vacation on New Providence in the Bahamas. More specifically, I was on Paradise Island, the small, resort-laden and heavily developed island on the north end of New Providence, adjacent to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. A female Bahama Woodstar feeding from flowers that were actually on the grounds of the Comfort Suites. Trips Bahamas Lakeview Drive Ponds New Providence

The Little Big Year 2018: Best Birds of the Year!

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Trips Australia Bahamas Costa Rica England Little Big Year Mexico New Zealand Qatar Scotland South Africa WalesFor nearly 10 days now, I have been sorting thru all of the images from 2018. This is a daunting task in any normal year, but this one is a real exception. Over-all there were almost 80,000 photos taken, nearly 50 story’s posted on this website, and 10 countries, all with some amazing birds.

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White-Cheeked Pintails

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The White cheeked Pintail ( Anas bahamensis ), also known as the Bahama Pintail , is a dabbling duck that plies brackish waterways throughout its range. The Bahama Pintail is a truly beautiful duck with a divinely dappled fawn breast and spiky scalloping adorning plumage of black and rufous. Paradise Island in the Bahamas is, in my experience, a perfect place to spy these pintails. Birds Bahamas ducks waterfowl

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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North American breeders winging their way south for the winter may want to head for the Bahamas, where a new national park offers them protected habitat. News Audubon Bahamas California Condor Egypt European Kestrel geolocator Ghana International Bird Rescue logging migration power lines Prothonotary Warbler September 11th Tribute in LightWith fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news.

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Parrot, Parrot, Parrakeet, Hummingbird

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And if your life list includes Bahama Woodstar , you might want to get back out into the field. News Bahama Woodstar baseball Inaguan Lyretail Maricao State Forest Night Parrot NY Mets parakeet Puerto Rican Parrot splitBecause “duck, duck, goose” is a little too wintry (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) for a post written in the dog days of August. In Australia, ornithologists have finally gotten their hands on a Night Parrot , the first such capture in more than 100 years.

Learn To Love This Face

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In my first trip to the West Indies , I learned that the Bahamas boast an impressive array of wild native doves including the Caribbean Dove and White-crowned Pigeon. Birds Bahamas dovesThe various islands also support more adaptable civilized species like Mourning Dove , Common Ground-Dove , and Rock Pigeon. But one columbiform has clearly conquered the rest: in the Nassau area and perhaps beyond, the Eurasian Collared-Dove reigns supreme.

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BBOTY – Red-legged Thrush

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Still slightly groggy, I was determined not to miss my first daylight in The Bahamas. It was around 08.30 on New Year’s morning. With a handful of target birds to choose from, one species was placed clearly at the top of my “wanted” list. A movement between the palm stalks caught my attention and there he was. A Red-legged Thrush. It turned out to be my first bird of the year and when asked to contemplate my Best Bird of the Year , it was the first to spring to mind.

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“OCEANS” opens on Earth Day!

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The “See ‘OCEANS,’ Save Oceans” initiative; Disneynature’s pledge to make a contribution in honor of everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 has already translated to more than 790 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas—and that number is still growing! “OCEANS” Motion Picture Opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

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See OCEANS, Save Oceans!

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See OCEANS, Save Oceans ” is an initiative developed with The Nature Conservancy where a portion of each ticket sold for the film’s opening week April 22-28 will help establish new marine protected areas in The Bahamas. “We Through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy will help establish new marine protected areas in The Bahamas.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2017)

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Corey spent Saturday journeying back to New York from the Bahamas and most of Sunday recovering. Another weekend, another opportunity to advance your causes, goals, and bird lists. How did that work out for you this weekend? With winter on the wane, my chance to visit with our local Short-eared Owls seemed to be slipping away, so I rectified that with a quick sundown sojourn. Fortunately, before he left he saw some great birds on Friday.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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Ask any birder–migration is joy. It’s endless frustration that suddenly erupts into wild excitement, a reason to get up in the morning, a goal for the mind and a bandage for the soul as we muddle through winter and pandemic.

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2017?

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Corey has been blitzing the Bahamas in his endless quest for Caribbean endemics, so wish him luck on those last holdouts. Yesterday, a small gang of Common Grackles rolled up to my bird feeder. For the rest of the day, everywhere I looked, grackles flew from tree to tree, strutting arrogantly with baleful eyes and mechanical whistles.

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Uncommon Yellowthroats

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The Bahama Yellowthroat lives, well, on a collection of Bahaman islands. The Yellowthroat group is an odd collection of bird species. The one migratory species, aptly named the Common Yellowthroat , can be seen almost anywhere in North America. Another one, the Masked Yellowthroat , can be found in five unconnected resident territories over much of South America. Both are marsh-dwelling species.

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The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

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When we returned to Tucson, from the Bahamas, I was approaching a milestone number, 1300 bird species, and drove myself hard, climbing, hiking, searching, and driving all over the state of Arizona looking for those last eight birds. Bahamas Totals: 58. We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”. It ended with little fan fare; in fact I did not even go chasing birds on the last two days of 2018, as I am just plain tired.

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Evidence of earlier humans in Madagascar is unconvincing but interesting

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There is a virtual flock of new and interesting bird science news all of the sudden, including the rediscovery of an extinct Bahama Nuthatch. But here I want to note, and for now, dismiss, a find from Madagascar. It was always thought that humans first inhabited the island of Madagascar about four or five thousand years ago or so. It was after that date that many of the great and strange animals of that island went extinct, presumably because of human hunting.

My Birding Goals for 2017

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That I have trips to Puerto Rico, Austria, and the Bahamas planned in the first two months of the year makes me a bit more confident than usual that I can make it again this year. Though I have those three trips planned I still don’t think reaching 50 will be too easy as the Bahamas does not have much new for me and I’ve seen lots of European birds already. Thank all that is good and holy in the world that the abomination that was 2016 is finally in the books.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Orange Is the New Beak, and a Dead Parrot (No Joke!)

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Or maybe you’re visiting Belize, Guatemala, Paraguay, or the Bahamas? If you’ve got some downtime between barbecues and fireworks (or, outside of the U.S., obsessing over World Cup matches), here’s some bird news to peruse: Loss of suitable habitat , instead of insecticides, seems to be the culprit in declining numbers of grassland birds. Know what else kills grassland birds? Ill-timed mowing … which a petition aims to stop in New York’s Hudson Valley. Meanwhile, in San Jose, Calif.,

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The Whistle Blowers

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They are found in the Bahamas, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, Antigua, Barbuda and Jamaica. Known breeding localities are now limited to only a few of the islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Antigua/Barbuda.

Gray Kingbird: An Awesome Parking Lot Bird

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Populations in the eastern part of its range, including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Lesser Antilles are resident while those in the western part of its range such as Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas are migratory. Parking lots in Miami-Dade county offer a mostly standard assortment of birds compared to the rest of the United States.

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The Razorbill Invasion of Florida

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As the storm was pulled northward across Cuba and the Bahamas, it began to temporarily weaken, lose convection, and suffer from dry air intrusion before it began interacting with an incoming trough. Perhaps more due to being underbirded, there have been no reports of Razorbills from Cuba or the Bahamas (both would be first national records). Razorbills ( Alca torda ) have invaded the coastal waters of Florida on an unprecedented scale this December of 2012.

Come@Me: Snowy Owls are Superior in Every Way to Great Gray Owls

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Snowy Owl irruptions are relatively predictable and often huge, with birds arriving as far south of their normal breeding range as Florida and the Bahamas. Owls are mystical beasts that are well loved by both birders and those who casually look at birds. There are many species that captivate those looking at them: Burrowing Owls , Barn Owls , a variety of fishing-owls, Stygian Owl , Elf Owl , the list goes on and on.

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Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

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Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean. Oh, the joys of slipping through the pages of a new book that has just arrived, the Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle and Sharpe. I am checking the References and one name, expectedly, stands out: Bond, J. Is it even possible to bird the Caribbean without the feeling that James Bond birds over your shoulder, telling you: That may be an incorrect ID, recheck that one?

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Great Gray Owl in Keene, New York

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And, honestly, I feel a little guilty saying that traveling to Puerto Rico, Austria, and the Bahamas so far in 2017 is what has kept me from seeing not only a Great Gray Owl but New York’s first Clark’s Grebe and the young Ross’s Gull that was visiting Tupper Lake. Little Grebes and Least Grebes more than made up for not getting the Clark’s Grebe and Wallcreeper , Puerto Rican Tody , and Bahama Woodstar seem like a fair trade for Ross’s Gull.

Birding at the Tip of Florida: A Bit of Everything

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La Sagra’s Flycatcher , Thick-billed Vireo , Western Spindalis , and Bahama Mockingbird are the most regularly occurring, but other species show up to like Loggerhead Kingbird and Bahama Woodstar.

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New York City’s First Eurasian Collared-Dove

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove , as Larry has already ably pointed out , has spread rapidly across North America since its release in the Bahamas in the mid-1970s.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Forest Park

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Austria, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and a brief visit to California have kept me in new birds and it has been wonderful. This year has been a good year for me in terms of travel. But there is still little more in birding that I like than birding my local haunts and seeing what there is to see. At Forest Park on Good Friday I caught up to a Red-breasted Nuthatch and got to watch and digiscope it as it foraged through the understory.

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Seeing Eye Kitten (and her blind sister)

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If you have room in your home and heart for this special pair, please get in touch with the Grand Bahama Humane Society!! Last month my husband and I were in the Bahamas on holiday when we spotted 2 tiny wild kittens. I contacted the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. We’ve dealt with many animal welfare agencies around the world, but have never encountered one so responsive, helpful and positive as the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.

Birding Cuba, or Observación de aves en Cuba

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Cuban Emeralds, a near-endemic found in Cuba and the Bahamas, perched at a distance from the Bee Hummingbirds. I just returned from a glorious birding trip all over Cuba, so I am just going to ignore the pile of spring bird books on my dining room table (most of which arrived while I was gone), and write a bit about my favorite Cuban birds. Of course, it’s the colorful and tiny birds that get the most attention when one thinks of Cuba.

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The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It: A Book Review

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And, while friends have told that me that I can go to the Bahamas and easily see the warbler in January, it turns out that is not true, the bird is elusive in its winter habitat as well (which is not Jack Pine, by the way). The second section of the book, The Present, describes the current state of research on the Kirtland’s Warbler in the form of you-are-there stories about projects investigating the bird’s nesting success requirements and diet, both in Michigan and the Bahamas.

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion: Coming to a Town Near You!

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove ( Streptopelia decaocto ) was first released in the New World on the island of New Providence, in the Bahamas. In the mid-1970s, a local breeder was burglarized and a few of his birds escaped, after which the breeder released his remaining stock of about 50 birds 1. Since its introduction, this dove has spread quickly across the North American continent.

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Birding from New York to North Carolina

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Last year it was New Providence in the Bahamas. This is the third year that my family and some our close friends did a vacation together. Two years ago it was Culebra, Puerto Rico. This year, traveling in April instead of February, we decided to do a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. To get there we would need to get out of New York, through New Jersey into Delaware, and then on through Maryland and Virginia until finally reaching our destination.

Upcoming Potential ABA-countable Exotics from Florida

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By comparison, other species such as Eurasian Collared-Dove spread from the Bahamas to Florida and then onward to the rest of the country within a very short time frame.

Birding by Volunteering

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In the Bahamas I swam in a pod of feeding dolphins. Well, it’s official. Over a decade since I was last there, I am finally heading back to Africa late this year. Not forever mind, I’ll still be living here in New Zealand and carrying on as its beat writer here (I may even write about New Zealand again some time). But my long wait to see antelope, zebras and everything in between is finally over.

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Florida’s Tropical Pigeon, the White-crowned Pigeon

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Bringing a distinctly tropical, Caribbean influence into the resident avifauna of extreme southern Florida, the White-crowned Pigeon ( Patagioenas leucocephala) is one of the few species that have managed to colonize the southern tip of the state from the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas — the center of its range, although there are also populations in coastal Mexico, Central America, and the Lesser Antilles.

Surfing and Birding

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As Sandy hovered over the Bahamas, we got some really strong north-easterly winds for a day. Ok, so just to prove that you can do birding anywhere and anyhow, check this out. Two of my favorite pastimes are birding and surfing. Even though I’m probably more accomplished at other pursuits – like table-tennis! – these are my mistresses. These are the two things I like to do more than anything else.

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Timing is Everything: Spring & Summer South Florida Targets

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The last three potential targets, Western Spindalis , La Sagra’s Flycatcher , and Bahama Mockingbird , are perhaps also the most desirable for those trying to see new birds in the ABA area. Although many South Florida specialties can be seen throughout the year such as White-crowned Pigeon and Snail Kite , most visiting birders decide to come in the months of April and May in search of summer migrants or secretive birds that only vocalize during the breeding season.

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The Parakeet of City Streets, the Monk Parakeet

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Monk Parakeets are established not only in New York City, but in at least seven states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Texas), Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Quebec, Canada in North America; Belgium, Italy, England, and Spain in Europe; cities in South America (where they are considered introduced since these are not rural areas), and possibly even Japan.

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Jamaica Birding Trip 2013 Part II

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With quick use of the tape and a short burst of song, I had an immediate response and got to observe this flycatcher at length — the call is quite different from that of the closely related Bahamas race of La Sagra’s Flycatcher which I have heard in southeast Florida. Heading out of Ecclesdown Road on the second day of my trip, I had nailed all of my targets save four species ( Caribbean Dove , Yellow-billed Parrot , Jamaican Owl , and Stolid Flycatcher ).

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Winter Wood-Warblers in Southeast Florida

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Black-and-white Warbler by Carlos Sanchez With the northern Bahamas just to the east and Cuba just to the south, southeast Florida biogeographically sits on the northern edge of the Caribbean and so the wintering wood-warbler species are mostly those typically found further south in the islands. Carlos Sanchez is an excellent birder, a Miami resident, and a polyglot.