Trinidad and Tobago

Friday 17 - Thursday 30 January 2003

Neil Arnold - Travelling Naturalist

Jogi Ramlal - Trinidad

Jerry - Trinidad (Driver)

Adolphus James - Tobago

Gladwin James - Tobago (Driver - Leader)


We were very well looked after in Trinidad and Tobago. My thanks go to the staff at Asa Wright Nature Centre and Blue Waters Inn, but especially to our leaders. I am grateful to you all for your good cheer and enthusiasm. I hope we'll holiday together again in the near future.

Neil Arnold

February 2003


FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY - Flight to Trinidad.

Jogi Ramlal, our guide met us at the airport and transported us to Asa Wright Nature Centre just in time for dinner.


Asa Wright

Weather - overcast, light rain developing into heavy showers. Calm.

Watching birds from the veranda at Asa Wright Centre is one of the best experiences in world birding. Today was no exception. Soon after 06.00 birds started to come into feed from the surrounding forest. Flycatchers, thrushes, hummingbirds, vireos, wrens, doves, orioles and honeycreepers were all represented. In the distance Channel-billed Toucans perched on prominent treetops as Grey-rumped Swifts flew overhead. Even a Red-rumped Agouti got into the act. By breakfast time we had noted thirty species of birds.

At 08.30 Jogi took us for a walk along the drive. He made a point of showing us a number of crop plants which were remnants of the centre's days as a commercial plantation. These included coffee, grapefruit, oranges, banana and nutmeg. He also found a variety of bird species including woodpeckers, woodcreepers and more flycatchers. Golden-headed Manakin was a favourite.

Birds were then viewed from the veranda. These included a perched White Hawk.

After lunch Mukesh led us on a walk along the Discovery Trail. We discovered that it was raining! Despite that we saw a good range of birds including White-bearded Manakins, a male Wattled Bellbird and White-necked Thrush.

At 16.00 the cloud-base lifted and a male Bellbird was found on a prominent perch. We were able to watch it through a telescope.

It had been a busy and somewhat confusing day but there would be plenty of chances to hone our identification skills in the days to follow.


Asa Wright

Weather - A dull morning with the odd shower and a sunny afternoon.

The early morning was spent reinforcing our knowledge of the feeding birds on the veranda. A new find was the rather local Trinidad Euphonia.

The day was to be spent driving to Blanchisseuse and back over the Northern Ridge. The raptor watching proved to be excellent. We noted Black and Turkey Vulture, Common Black Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Double-toothed Kite and a lone Ornate Hawk-Eagle. Other notable species included a Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-tailed and Collared Trogon, the stunning hummingbird Blue-chinned Sapphire and Speckled Tanager.

At Blanchisseuse we lunched on the beach watching Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Pelicans in a freshening wind. At the rivermouth White-winged and Southern Rough-winged Swallows took advantage of an abundance of flying insects.

The drive back to the centre was punctuated with a spectacular event. We stopped on a hillside which gave us panoramic views of the forest which was dotted with the orange of Immortelle trees. In one of these trees was a pair of Blue-headed Parrots. As they fed contentedly on the orange flowers we were able to watch them through the telescopes at x60 magnification. We looked around to see if David Attenborough was there - we felt he should have been!

Just before the evening- call over as the light faded a Short-tailed Nighthawk provided a wonderful flying display within yards of the veranda - it was a fitting ending to a great day.


Asa Wright

Weather - 4/8 cu, sunny, still.

A lone Scaled Pigeon was the highlight of the pre-breakfast watch.

Our intention was to walk the Lalaja Trace off the main Aripo Road. We had travelled two hundred yards when we came across a fine Grey Hawk and only a mile when we heard a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl calling. Even though we stayed in the area for an hour we never did see the owl. What we did see though was a variety of forest birds mobbing the owl, including Euler's and Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren, Long-billed Starthroat and a Collared Trogon.

We drove on only to be halted by the sight of a White Hawk circling in the valley below. Eventually we found two pairs of White Hawk, a pair of Common Black Hawk with an immature bird and a Turkey Vulture.

Eventually we reached the Lalaja Trace and were rewarded with encounters with Tropical Parula, Streaked Xenops, White-tailed and Violaceous Trogons.

The walk along the Discovery and Chaconia Trails in the afternoon led us to sightings of a perched Double-toothed Kite and a Chestnut Woodpecker.

In the evening we enjoyed views of a female Tufted Coquette.


Asa Wright

Weather - 4/8 cu, sunny, odd shower, E2-3

The day started well with unparalleled views of ten Lilac-tailed Parrotlets in a tree near the veranda.

By 09.30 we were scanning the fields of the Aripo Research Station. The most exciting birds here were undoubtedly four Savannah Hawks, a Peregrine Falcon and a Zone-tailed Hawk. Colour was provided by the Red-breasted Blackbird. Lunch was taken at Manzanilla Beach. A Pearl Kite and several Short-tailed Swifts were predictable here but eighteen immature Scarlet Ibis perched in a tree were not.

On the slow drive along the beach road we saw Grey Hawk, Common Black Hawk, Yellow-headed Caracara and an Osprey. We stopped to search the vegetation near the estuary of the River Nariva. Bi-coloured Conebills, a male Black-crowned Antshrike and an American Pygmy Kingfisher made up a trio of birds that are usually difficult to find.

The Nariva Swamp held good numbers of Wattled Jacana, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Pied Water-tyrant and White-headed Marsh Tyrant.

As dusk fell we stood, rum punch in hand, admiring the evening flight of Yellow-crowned Parrots and Red-bellied Macaws. What a great way to end the day's birdwatching.


Asa Wright

Weather - 4/8 cu, fine, light breeze.

A colourful display was staged in the early morning by Lineated Woodpeckers, Orange-winged Parrots and Lilac-tailed Parrotlets.

Harold, a ranger, led us on a slow, stealthy walk along the Guacharo Trail to the Oilbird 'Caves', fascinating as the forest birds came to light. Good views of the skulking White-flanked Antwren and Black-throated Anthrush thrilled us all, as did the discovery of the most attractive Yellow-olive Flycatcher. Tropical Parula and American Redstart

also featured.

At the 'cave' we made our way over the large stones in the river to gaze at the seemingly primeval Oilbirds by the pale light of a torch. Though there were probably something like one hundred and fifty individuals in the cave, only a dozen could be seen from our vantage point. This Oilbird roost is probably the most accessible in the world.

As we made our way up the slope to the centre we noted Cocoa Woodpecker, Golden- olive Woodpecker and a pair of Red-crowned Ant-tanager.

Our next mission was to visit the roost of a couple of Great White-lined Sac-winged Bats.

Perhaps the easiest period of birdwatching followed as we sat watching Tufted Coquette, Coppertailed Hummingbirds and a Green Hermit visiting a flowering hedge adjacent to the car park.

At 16.30 we set off for the night drive. We arrived at the disused Wallerfield USAF air station in bright sunlight and drove to the Moriche palms. Almost immediately we came across a fine Moriche Oriole, which sat still for some minutes within fifteen feet of the telescopes. This is the first record of this rare species for the Travelling Naturalist. Sulphury Flycatcher, Red-bellied Macaws and Orange-winged Parrots then joined the throng. Dinner was served as the light faded.

The first event of the night was the emergence of hundreds of fireflies. We then turned our attention to the birds of the night, using a bright spotlight to look for the eye-shine so obvious on nocturnal creatures.

First we encountered White-tailed Nightjar and Pauraque taking off and flying near the vehicles. Eventually we managed to see them at rest on the ground. Then we heard the calls of a Tropical Screech-Owl. In moments Jogi had found it sitting in the open on a tree; every detail was visible.

As we continued our search eerie images in the light turned out to be Southern Lapwings in flight.

Our final offering was two Common Potoo, one too well hidden in the grass to be seen well. A calling Grey-necked Woodrail eluded us so we had to make do with a sighting of a huge Cane Toad!


Asa Wright

Weather - 3/8 cu, sunny, light breeze.

We made an early start. By 07.10 we were at Aripo watching a Peregrine Falcon and by 07.55 we were watching another one at Wallerfield.

The Wallerfield area gave forth a good variety of birds including a flock of Palm Swifts, a Bran-coloured Flycatcher, a Merlin, three Red-legged Honeycreeper, a Common Ground-dove and a stunning male Ruby-topaz Hummingbird. A nearby farm also produced a Solitary Sandpiper and Southern Beardless Tyrannulet.

It was then time to visit the shop in Cumuto where you can enjoy a cool drink and the spectacle provided by a nesting colony of Yellow-rumped Caciques. We then moved on to the Arena Forest for an early lunch and masses of forest birds, including two new ones to our collection: Blue Dacnis and Short-tailed Hawk

A restful afternoon followed. A beautiful Ashy Vine Snake was found outside 'Reception' at teatime.

Dinner was followed by a night walk led by James. A wide variety of creatures competed for our attention with land crabs, a fish(!) and a fine Spiny Tree Lizard.


Asa Wright

Weather - 4/8 cu, sun, 0

One of the most pleasing aspects of the pre-breakfast watch was the sighting of a huge Owl Butterfly (Caligo sp) feeding on fruit at the bird table.

By 09.30 we were at the Trincity Ponds, a 'water treatment works'. As soon as we alighted from the vehicle we saw a huge Spectacled Cayman - we let Jogi lead the way! The ponds abounded with wetland species including both Snowy, Cattle and Little Egrets, Striated and Blue Herons, Black-necked Stilts, Moorhen, and Least Grebe. The spectacular Yellow-hooded Blackbird also caught our eye.

By the time we had reached Waterloo on the coast the weather had closed in a little but the tide was just right, gently falling. It was difficult to know where to start looking. Laughing Gulls, three species of terns, cormorants, pelicans, herons and waders abounded. As the tide changed a flock of thirty Skimmers took to the air, some of which skimmed after fish. We eventually discovered ten species of waders including thirty Willet and thirty Short-billed Dowitcher. Unfortunately a flock of some three hundred and fifty 'peeps' were too far away for identification. We did, however find a small flock of Semi-palmated Sandpiper at close range. While all this was going on three Osprey were fishing in the bay.

At 15.50 we set off with James Madoo on our boat trip in the Caroni Swamp. Once again the tide was perfect so we were able to watch birds on the muddy shores of the mangrove-edged lagoons. Green and American Pygmy Kingfishers, some three hundred Blue-winged Teal, waders and herons were some of the highlights. The herons included sixteen Yellow-crowned Night-heron.

We were also lucky enough to see several adult Scarlet Ibis feeding in the shallows in good light. Eventually though we anchored in a lagoon overlooking two islands. As the shadows lengthened we watched some two thousand five hundred Ibis and hundreds of herons fly into roost on the islands.

For about ten minutes an immature Peregrine Falcon soared overhead. Eventually it swooped on an ibis which landed on the water. The falcon swooped again but this time the ibis sheltered in the mangrove and the raptor went away 'empty handed'.

The boat trip was a fine way to end the day. It is undoubtedly one of the most exciting bird spectacles in the world.


Asa Wright

Weather - 4/8 cu, fine, light breeze.

It seemed as though we had seen most of the bird species that visit the feeding area in front of the veranda. We were wrong though. First we found a Northern Waterthrush feeding on the path. Then it was obvious that something was troubling many of the birds as they became alarmed and gathered around an area of scrub. When this happens the cause is usually a snake, bird of prey or an owl. We decided to leave the veranda and see for ourselves. We soon solved the mystery for there was a fine Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl in all its glory.

Just as we were about to leave Jogi identified a female White-winged Becard that was flycatching in a tree near the veranda.

We took our leave of Jogi and Jerry and flew to Tobago where we were met by our guide, Adolphus.

Within an hour and a half we were welcomed to Blue Waters Inn, Speyside by a flock of Turnstone and a band of Rufous-vented Chachalaca.

After lunch and a rest we took an early morning walk along the Starwood Road, a rough track that runs along the hillside overlooking the Inn. Wonderful views of Barred Antshike, Black-faced Grassquit, Brown-crested Flycatcher and a Peregrine Falcon was our reward.


Blue Waters Inn

Weather - 4-7/8 cu, sunny, odd shower, NE 2or 3 ?? - 5

A pre-breakfast walk afforded us good views of Northern Waterthrush, Blue-black and Black-faced Grassquit, a Blue-crowned Motmot and Rufous-vented Chachalaca.

By 09.30 we were sitting in the glass-bottomed boat with our skipper and leader Frank. Soon we were admiring a great array of coral species and their associated fish. Some twenty species of fish were identified. We then made our way to Little Tobago Island. We had to walk uphill through the forest to reach the northern side of the island. A pair of Ruby-topaz Hummingbirds were the stars of the walk. Once on the northern side of the island we watched seabirds soaring around their nest sites. Eventually we were able to locate nesting Brown and Red-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds and even an Audubon's Shearwater tucked away in its nesting burrow.

Magnificent Frigatebirds flew overhead, at one point forcing a Brown Booby to regurgitate its catch. A passing Broad-winged Hawk added spice to the occasion.

The late afternoon walk featured an Osprey, an immature Great Black Hawk and a Yellow-crowned Night-heron.


Blue Waters Inn

Weather - Strong wind overnight (Neil's solution " Keep taking the tablets") 6-8/8 cu.

Sunny spells - heavy showers NE3 - 5.

Delight of delights, our first port of call in the day was the Crown Point 'water treatment works'. More wetland species. Those that made the greatest impression were the Anhinga, Black-crowned Night-heron, Green Heron and White-cheeked Pintail. The nearby scrub and mangroves provided views of both male and female White-fringed Antwren, a Northern Waterthrush and a brief encounter with a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

By the time we reached the Grafton Estate the weather was overcast and humid. Fuscous Flycatcher, three Rufous-tailed Jacamar at close range, more antwrens, Cocoa Woodcreeper and Red crowned Woodpecker were delightful, whilst Blue-backed Manakin was heard distantly and a Stripe-breasted Spinetail was seen fleetingly.

A sharp squall hit the glass-bottomed boat as we set off for Buccoo Reef. Once over the reef we noted many species of reef fish, including Common and Lipstick Parrotfish which we hadn't seen at the Angel Reef. We were also thrilled to see a fully grown Hawksbill Turtle.

As we passed by a small sandy islet we were able to admire five very active Sanderling and a flock of Laughing Gulls, Brown Pelicans and Royal Terns which were nesting on the higher slopes. The sun came out to encourage sessions of snorkelling and swimming.

Before returning to Speyside we popped into the Hilton Hotel complex to look at the ponds. The discovery of a flock of fifteen Black-bellied Whistling Duck was very gratifying. Just as we arrived at Blue Waters Inn the heavens opened!


Blue Waters Inn

Weather - 2-3/8 cu. Sunny, hot, light breeze.

By 07.45 we were entering the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, an area of mountain rainforest. For once it was not raining. Good views of Broad-winged Hawk and two brilliant Red-legged Honeycreepers got us off to a good start.

We were soon entering the forest on the Gilpin Trace. It was good to see that it was not too muddy. At first there was little sign of birds, there was even a scarcity of song. Initially though an Olivaceous Woodcreeper and a bathing White-tailed Sabrewing performed for us. Eventually more species came to light including White-necked and Yellow-legged Thrushes, Plain Antiviveo, Golden-olive Woodpecker and Rufous-breasted Hermit. At one point we witnessed the noisy 'dance' of the Blue-backed Manakin. We were constantly surrounded by the calls of Strip-breasted Spinetail but only glimpsed it once; then we saw one individual clearly, if briefly. This many not have been the most 'birdy' trip to the Trace but the experiences of being inside the rain forest was, as usual, awe-inspiring.

A brief trip to Bloody Bay enabled us to watch a pair of Green Kingfishers on the river, despite very extensive and intrusive construction work.

We then made our way back to the Inn in time for a swim. A steel band featured at dinner.


Blue Waters Inn

Weather - 3/8 cu, sunny, a breeze.

A little ad-hoc birding produced notable sightings of Northern Waterthrush and an Osprey.

We then made our way to the airport to fly to Trinidad and then on to London Heathrow.


Arrived Heathrow, complete with good memories and luggage!

Species lists



(T) Trinidad

(TO) Tobago

AR Aripo/Arena Forest

AW Asa Wright incl Lalaja Trace

B Blanchisseuse and North Ridge

BU Bucco Reef

BW Blue Waters

C Caroni Swamp

CP Crown Point Ponds

G Grafton Estate

LT Little Tobago

M Main Ridge incl Gilpin Trace

N Nariva and Manzanilla

T Trincity Ponds

WA Wallerfield Area

WO Waterloo

Little Tinamou Heard AW (T)

Least Grebe Eleven T (T)

Audubon's Shearwater An adult in a nest LT (TO)

Red-billed Tropicbird Only LT, breeding (TO)

Red-footed Booby Only LT, breeding, including a white phase bird LT (TO)

Brown Booby Only LT, breeding (TO)

Anhinga / American Darter At least thirty-five CR and the Hilton (TO)

Olivaceous/Neotropical Cormorant Thirteen WO and C (T)

Brown Pelican At all coastal locations (T)(TO)

Magnificent Frigatebird Coastal (T) (TO)

Great Blue Heron Confined to N. WO (T) and the Hilton (TO)

Cocoi/White-necked Heron

Cattle Egret Widespread (T) and (TO)

Great [White] Egret In all coastal wetlands (T) (TO)

Tricolored Heron Only at WO and C (T), where common, and CR (TO)

Little Blue Heron Only at WO and C where very common (T) and scattered waters (TO)

Snowy Egret Small numbers T, WO, larger flocks C (T) and one CP (TO)

Little Egret One adult T (T)

Striated Heron Ten (N) and six WO - C (T)

Green / Green-backed Heron Sixteen CP (TO)

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Sixteen C (T) and single birds BW and CP (TO)

Black-crowned Night-Heron Five CP (TO)

Scarlet Ibis Eighteen imm. N, four imm. WO and some 2500 coming into roost C (T)

Black-bellied Whistling-duck Fifteen at the Hilton (TO)

White-cheeked Pintail Ten CP (TO)

Blue-winged Teal Flock numbering at least 300 C (T)

Turkey Vulture Common (T)

[American] Black Vulture Abundant (T)

Pearl Kite One, distantly, N (T)

Double-toothed Kite One B and one AW (T)

White Hawk At least two pairs AW (T)

Common Black-hawk At least two pairs AW and one N (T)

Great Black-hawk An imm. And one adult BW and an adult M (TO)

Savannah Hawk Confined to AR, W and N (T)

Grey Hawk One AW and one N (T)

Broad-winged Hawk Two B (T), one LT and two M (TO)

Short-tailed Hawk One WA (T)

Zone-tailed Hawk One B and one A (T)

Ornate Hawk-Eagle One B (T)

Yellow-headed Caracara Six records in the lowlands (T)

Merlin One WA (T)

Peregrine Falcon Five records in lowlands (T) and one BW (T)

Rufous-vented Chachalaca Numerous (To), especially at BW where they gave us a 05.00 morning call!

Grey-necked Wood-rail Heard at dusk W (T)

Common Moorhen Three T (T) and nine CP (TO)

Wattled Jacana At all vegetated fresh water sites (T) (TO)

Black-necked/South American Stilt Four T (T)

Southern Lapwing At all major wetlands (T) (TO)

Grey Plover Three WO and eight C (T)

Semipalmated Plover Ten (WO) (T)

[Hudsonian] Whimbrel Ten WO (T) and on CP (TO)

Greater Yellowlegs Twelve WO (T)

Lesser Yellowlegs Six C (T) and one at the Hilton (TO)

Solitary Sandpiper One WA (T)

Spotted Sandpiper The most widespread wader species (T) (TO)

Willet At least thirty WO (T)

Ruddy Turnstone Nine WO (T), four BU and twenty-seven BW (TO). The Blue Waters flock were often to be seen in the bar! (Even before we'd had a drink!)

Short-billed Dowitcher At least thirty WO (T)

Sanderling Four on the sandbar BU (TO)

Semipalmated Sandpiper Ten seen well WO - but there was a flock of some 350 'peeps' at long range remained unidentified.

Laughing Gull Only numerous at WO (T) and BU (TO)

Large-billed Tern One WO (T)

Royal Tern Twenty-five WO (T) and about eighty BU (TO)

Sandwich Tern One WO (T) and at least twenty BU (TO)

Black Skimmer Twenty WO (T)

Scaled Pigeon One AW (T)

Pale-vented Pigeon Widespread in forest (TO)

Common Ground-dove Two WA (To)

Ruddy Ground-dove Very common (T)

White-tipped Dove Only recorded (TO)

Grey-fronted Dove Only AW (T)

Red-bellied Macaw Forty-five coming into roost N and fifteen WA (T)

Green-rumped Parrotlet Four AR and two WA (T)

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet Excellent views of up to ten birds AW (T)

Blue-headed Parrot Two at close range B (T)

Yellow-crowned Parrot Twelve N (T)

Orange-winged Parrot Widespread and common in forests (T) (TO)

Smooth-billed Ani In flocks (T) and (TO)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Glimpsed CP (TO)

Squirrel Cuckoo Two N and one AW (T)

Tropical Screech-owl Wonderful view of a single bird WA (T)

Mottled Owl A bird caught in headlights near AW was thought to be this species

Ferruginous Pygmy-owl Heard widely - good view AW (T)

Oilbird Twelve of the colony seen AW (T)

Common/Grey Potoo Two in the spotlight WA, one in daylight C (T)

Semi-collared/Short-tailed Nighthawk Single birds seen at close range AW, 19th & 20th (T)

Common Pauraque Four seen in spotlight - excellent views WA (T)

White-tailed Nightjar Ten - one seen well on ground - in spotlight WA (T)

Chestnut-collared Swift Two B (T)

Band-rumped Swift Small numbers AW (T)

Grey-rumped Swift Noted daily AW (T) and a few M (TO)

Short-tailed Swift Common in the lowlands (T) (TO)

Fork-tailed Palm-swift Twenty WA (T)

Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Four at dusk 20th at AW (T)

Rufous-breasted Hermit At AW (T) and M (TO)

Green Hermit Only at AW (T)

Little Hermit Scattered records (T)

White-tailed Sabrewing Two M (TO)

White-necked Jacobin At least two daily AW (T) and one M (TO)

Black-throated Mango Common and widespread (T)

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird A male WA (T) and a pair LT (TO)

Tufted Coquette One of the gems AW (T)

Blue-chinned Sapphire Two B and one AR (T)

White-chested Emerald Daily AW (T)

Copper-rumped Hummingbird Noted daily (T) (TO)

Long-billed Starthroat One AW (T)

White-tailed Trogon One B and one AW (T)

Collared Trogon One B and one AW (T). Heard M (TO)

Violaceous Trogon Noted on four days AW, B, (T)

Green Kingfisher A glimpse C (T) and a pair well seen Bloody Bay (TO)

American Pygmy Kingfisher One N and one C (T)

Blue-crowned Motmot Widespread in forests (T) (TO)

Rufous-tailed Jacamar Two B (T) and three G, two M and three Bloody Bay (TO)

Channel-billed Toucan Two AW (T)

Red-crowned Woodpecker A pair G (TO)

Red-rumped Woodpecker A female BW (TO)

Golden-olive Woodpecker Widespread (T) One M (TO)

Chestnut Woodpecker Three records AW (T)

Lineated Woodpecker Widespread (T)

Plain-brown Woodcreeper One AW (T)

Olivaceous Woodcreeper One M (TO)

Cocoa Woodcreeper Common (T), One G (TO)

Stripe-breasted Spinetail Heard AW (T) and seen G and M (TO)

Yellow-chinned Spinetail Eight sightings N and two TR (T)

Streaked Xenops One AW (T)

Great Antshrike A pair AW (T)

Black-crested Antshrike A male N, a female C (T)

Barred Antshrike Common (T) (TO)

Plain Antvireo Two M (TO)

White-flanked Antwren Two males AW (T)

White-fringed Antwren Common G and M (TO)

White-bellied Antbird Heard AW and W (T)

Black-faced Antthrush One AW (T)

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet Three WA and A (T)

Forest Elaenia Widespread (T)

Yellow-bellied Elaenia Common (T) (TO)

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Regular AW (T)

Yellow-olive Flycatcher One AW (T)

Yellow-breasted Flycatcher One AW (T), common G and M (TO)

Bran-coloured Flycatcher One WA (T)

Euler's Flycatcher One AW (T)

Olive-sided Flycatcher One AW (T)

Tropical Pewee Common (T)

Fuscous Flycatcher Two G (TO)

Pied Water-tyrant Common A and A (T)

White-headed Marsh-tyrant Common A and N (T)

Dusky-capped Flycatcher One AW (T)

Brown-crested Flycatcher Common BW (TO)

Great Kiskadee Common (T)

Boat-billed Flycatcher Only AW (T)

Streaked Flycatcher Regular AW (T)

Sulphury Flycatcher Only WA and A (T)

Tropical Kingbird Common (T) (TO)

Grey Kingbird Local (T) (TO)

White-winged Becard A female AW (T)

Black-tailed Tityra Only AW, where common (T)

White-bearded Manakin Common AW, B and A (T)

Blue-backed Manakin Two males M (TO)

Golden-headed Manakin Common AW and B (T)

Bearded Bellbird Seen well AW (T)

White-winged Swallow Common lowland (T)

Grey-breasted Martin Common only at WA (T)

Southern Rough-winged Swallow Widespread in lowlands (T)

Rufous-breasted Wren Elusive but seen well (T) (TO)

House Wren Common (T) TO)

Tropical Mockingbird Common (T) (TO)

Cocoa Thrush Common (T)

Bare-eyed Thrush Common (T) (TO)

White-necked Thrush Excellent AW (T) and M (TO)

Long-billed Gnatwren Seen well AW (T)

Blue-black Grassquit In grasslands (T) (TO)

Black-faced Grassquit Common (TO)

Greyish Saltator Only at AW (T)

Bicoloured Conebill Three N and one C (T)

White-lined Tanager Common (T) (TO)

Red-crowned Ant-tanager Several AW (T)

Silver-beaked Tanager Common (T)

Blue-grey Tanager Common (T) (TO)

Palm Tanager Common near palms (T) (TO)

Trinidad Euphonia A male AW (T)

Violaceous Euphonia Common AW (T)

Turquoise Tanager Local (T)

Speckled Tanager Small flocks AW and B (T)

Bay-headed Tanager Local (T)

Blue Dacnis A pair A (T)

Green Honeycreeper Regular AW (T)

Purple Honeycreeper Regular AW (T)

Red-legged Honeycreeper Three WA (T) and two M (TO)

Bananaquit Common throughout (T) (TO)

Tropical Parula Two sightings AW (T)

Yellow Warbler Only two records (T)

American Redstart A pair WA (T)

Northern Waterthrush One AW (T) and widespread near water (TO)

Rufous-browed Peppershrike Heard AW (T)

Chivi Vireo Heard M (TO)

Golden-fronted Greenlet Common in forest (T)

Scrub Greenlet Common (TO)

Crested Oropendola Common (T), more local (TO)

Yellow-rumped Cacique Twenty Cumuto (T)

Moriche Oriole A fine male WA (T)

Yellow Oriole Widespread (T)

Yellow-hooded Blackbird Ten TR (T)

Red-breasted Blackbird Common A, N and C (T)

Carib Grackle Common (T) (TO)

Shiny Cowbird Common (T) (TO)

Giant Cowbird One WA (T)


Gtr White-lined [Sac-winged] Bat Seen at roost AW and A (T)

Red-tailed Squirrel Common in forests (T) (T)

Red-rumped Agouti Common AW (T)

Amphibians & Reptiles:

Marine/Cane Toad One WA (T)

Spectacled Cayman Two TR (T)

Hawksbill Turtle One Angel Reef (TO)

Cook's Tree Boa One C (T)

Gecko species Widespread (T) (TO)

Golden Tegu Common AW (T)

Whiptail species - Vine Snake One AW (T)


Spotlight Parrotfish

Blue Parrotfish

Striped Parrotfish

Rainbow Parrotfish

Common Parrotfish

Lipstick Parrotfish

Queen Angelfish

Trumpet Angelfish

Yellow Goatfish

Spotted Goatfish

Creole Wrasse

Yellow-headed Wrasse

Blue Tang

Sergeant Major

Black Durgon

Brown Chronis

Four-eyed Butterflyfish

Round Robin

Bicoloured Damsel

Trumpet Fish


Sand Diver

Great Barracuda

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