TRAVELLING NATURALIST TRIP REPORT
Trinidad and Tobago
15 - 28 January 2005
Neil Arnold The Travelling Naturalist
The 'Dry Season' turned out to be nothing of the sort. Jogi greeted us at the airport with the news that heavy rain had been falling for weeks. In fact many of the mountain roads had been affected by landslides. The trails at Asa Wright Centre were more like streams and the river was a torrent. Just before we left for the UK we heard that the rainfall figures for recent weeks had been the highest in the last one hundred and fifty years.
Having said that everyone had a great time in Trinidad. We took the philosophical attitude recommended by a guest from the United States:
'If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade'.
I'm glad to say that the weather whilst we were in Tobago was splendid, even on the day that we visited the rainforest.
My thanks go to all those whose hard work made the trip a pleasurable experience, but especially to Jogi and Adolphus for their expert leadership. My thanks also go to Rosemary for showing us so many butterflies.
I hope that Gladwyn will make a speedy recovery
I hope we will meet again soon.
SATURDAY 15 JANUARY
We flew from London Heathrow to Port of Spain, Trinidad via Barbados. Sadly the plane was delayed by two hours. At the airport we met Jogi, who was to be our leader in Trinidad.
We then drove into the mountains to the Asa Wright Nature Centre, arriving in time for a late dinner.
SUNDAY 16 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER Steady, sometimes heavy, rain.
The birds coming to the feeders beneath the verandah were very active from first light. Soon we were marvelling at the variety of bird life. After breakfast our intention was to walk the main drive of the Centre but heavy rain prevented us from doing so. We settled for a morning of quiet, steady observation of the birds at the feeding station and in the surrounding trees. This proved to be fascinating because the birds stayed to feed whereas on a hot day they would have sought shelter by mid morning. Many species of birds were recorded, including highly coloured woodpeckers, tanagers, honeycreepers and orioles. The hummingbirds were particularly entertaining, especially the diminutive Tufted Coquette. Other highlights included Red-legged Honeycreeper and both White-bearded and Golden-headed Manakin. Perhaps the most spectacular bird of the morning was a fine White Hawk which perched for some time just outside the Centre.
Our watching was not confined to birds though. Early in the morning the fruit on the tables was 'attacked' by bands of small bats. Red-rumped Agouti and a Golden Tegu (lizard) also took advantage of the available food source.
By lunch time we had noted over forty species of birds.
After lunch the weather improved, there were even some moments when it stopped raining! Molly, one of the Centre guides, led us on a walk along the Discovery Trail. Some of the highlights were Northern Waterthrush, a migrant warbler, White-necked Thrush a local member of the true thrush family, the delightful hummingbird Long-billed Starthroat and White-tailed Trogon. The star of the walk though was a roosting Common Potoo, a cryptic nocturnal species.
Once back on the verandah for tea it started to rain again so we resumed our watch in the dry. We were rewarded with Blue-headed Parrots, Blue-chinned Sapphire and Turquoise Tanager, whilst nearby was a Lineated Woodpecker.
At dusk we caught a glimpse of a Short-tailed Nighthawk hunting amongst the trees.
It was a fine evening so we took advantage of a night walk along the drive. A wide variety of invertebrates was noted including centipedes, harvestmen, stick insects and land crabs. Vertebrates were represented by frogs, geckos and roosting birds including two pairs of Great Antshrike and a Great Kiskadee.
It had been a fine start to our holiday.
MONDAY 17 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER Rain showers and mist on the S side of the mountain. Sunshine, 6/8 Cumulus on the N.
Once again we enjoyed early morning birdwatching at the Centre. Red-tailed Squirrel, Black-tailed Tityra and Striated Flycatcher particularly caught our attention.
After breakfast our intention was to drive to the coast at the village of Blanchisseuse. This was frustrated by the Army choosing to recover a heavy lorry that had fallen into the valley, consequently the road was closed.
The heavy mist at the peak of the road also interfered with our watching birds from a prominent lookout.
We reverted to 'Plan B' and spent the day on the windward side of the mountain, managing to walk sections of the Brasso Seco Road and the open section of the road to the coast. Towards mid-day the thermals encouraged birds of prey to take to the air. Turkey and Black Vultures were numerous as were Common Black Hawks. A pair of displaying Short-tailed Hawks were also seen at close range. Later in the day we discovered a perched Grey Hawk as a Bat Falcon flashed by overhead.
Other bird species included colourful species like Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Blue Dacnis, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Orange-winged Parrots and Collared Trogon. In contrast the less flamboyant birds were represented by Euler's and Olive-sided Flycatcher, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet and Streaked Xenops. Many more bird species were heard but not seen in the misty conditions.
The sunshine encouraged butterflies to take to the wing and lizards to bask.
As we were drinking our rum punch on the verandah two Short-tailed Nighthawks gave us a dazzling aerial display as they hawked for insects. One came close to entering the verandah.
Once again the day had been thoroughly entertaining.
TUESDAY 18 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER On the mountain-rain.
On the flat lands-4/8 Cu. Sunny, breeze.
The highlight of the pre-breakfast watch was a pair of perched Blue-headed Parrots.
By 09.00 we were at the Aripo Livestock Station, the grounds of which consist of fields, many of which have low lying marshy areas, light woodland and scattered mature trees. The grassland revealed Red-breasted and Yellow-hooded Blackbirds, Carib Grackle and Blue-black Grassquit. We then discovered a skulking Pinnated Bittern, sadly though a passing Army helicopter caused it to retreat into deeper cover. The other surprising find was two male Grassland Yellowfinch, a common bird in mainland South American but seemingly a newly arrived species in Trinidad. The wetter areas held Least and Solitary Sandpiper, North American visitors, Southern Lapwing, and Wattled Jacana. Other herons included a lone Cocoi Heron, Striated Heron and Cattle Egrets. Isolated trees sheltered a female Peregrine, a female Merlin and three Savannah Hawks, whilst hundreds of Black Vultures flew overhead. At the woodland edge we noted two Striped Cuckoos, a Lineated Woodpecker and Pale-vented Pigeon.
We then moved on to Manzanilla Beach where we ate lunch. As it was being prepared we scanned the area finding Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown Pelicans, an Osprey, a Pearl Kite and a flock of Short-tailed Swifts.
At 14.00 we drove slowly along the coast road principally searching for birds of prey. Yellow-headed Caracara, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Grey Hawk, Common Black Hawk and two more Ospreys were noted.
The roadside wetland areas also yielded two Limpkin in flight, three Black-crowned Antshrike and a Ringed Kingfisher.
By 15.30 we were at the Nariva Swamp. Here we had fine views of White-headed Marsh-tyrant and Pied Water-tyrant, two attractive pied flycatchers. Wetland species included Little Blue Heron, Great and Cattle Egrets, American Purple and Azure Gallinules. The latter, often a difficult bird to see well, was viewed through the telescopes.
17.00 was rum punch time. We stood on the roadside watching over a stand of palm trees. Soon small flocks of Yellow-crowned Parrots and Red-bellied Macaws flew in, perched for a while and then secreted themselves in the foliage.
It was a very varied day and during most of it we were in the dry; we even had sunshine.
WEDNESDAY 19 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER A very wet morning.
A very wet afternoon. A very wet evening.
The early part of the morning was spent walking down the steep trail to the caves beneath. It teemed with rain. On our arrival at the river we had to wade through ankle deep water to reach the cave. Were it not for a well made path and hand rails it would have been an impossible exercise. It is usually possible to enter the cave but the river was in spate so that was out of the question. From the entrance of the cave we were able to view two birds that were illuminated by a torch. So what were we watching? Oilbirds, a rather primitive, nocturnal bird which feeds on the seeds of the oil palm. It was a great privilege to see this unique bird species even if the viewing conditions were not optimal. Usually the path to and from the cave is a very attractive area for the most elusive forest birds but not in the pouring rain. After the rain we dried out ready to try a walk in the afternoon. Well most of us did, one intrepid couple walked down the Bamboo Trail towards the river. Much to their surprise they discovered a Spectacled Owl mantling its prey. The owl was most obliging, staying where it was while some of us came to offer our admiration. It was probably the same owl that had been discovered a week earlier in a weak state, fed and released
The rain continued unabated.
In the afternoon the whole group walked to a nearby building, in the roof space of which were eight Greater White-lined Sac-winged Bats at roost. We were able to watch them at close range.
After that we showed our true British nature by going out in the pouring rain again. We walked along the main drive towards the road. Mukesh, one of the centre guides, led us. He gave us a fascinating insight into many of the local plants, telling us about their ecology, local names and practical uses. He also demonstrated the method by which opossums extract land crabs from their holes. No details are given here as they are not suitable for those of a nervous disposition! We had a great time and returned to the centre just as tea and cakes were being served.
It kept on raining. So far on the trip the evenings had been fine but not this evening. The night walk was cancelled and Mukesh showed us a collection of his slides.
THURSDAY 20 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER Fine all day. 4/8 Cu. Sunny, NE 2. Light rain in the evening.
We made an early start in order to 'beat' the heat of the day.
By 07.40 we were at Wallerfield, an abandoned USAF Second World War airfield. The wide open spaces, dotted with scrub, grassland and light forest make up a wildlife haven.
Almost as soon as we arrived at the area dominated with mature Moriche Palms we found the rare Moriche Oriole. We then spent some time watching a collection of local bird species including Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Sulphury Flycatcher, Palm Swift and the stunning Ruby-topaz Hummingbird. We then enjoyed brief glimpses of Barred Antshrike but the even more elusive White-bellied Antbird failed to reveal itself. Once again Violaceous Trogon and Rufous-tailed Jacamar came to our notice. Yellow-breasted Flycatcher and Blue Dacnis were seen in the woodland. Overhead were Black and Turkey Vultures, Short-tailed Hawks, Savannah Hawk and a Peregrine.
Perhaps the most surprising sighting of the day was that of an Indian Mongoose dashing across the road.
We then visited a local village where we stopped to buy a drink and admire a nesting colony of Yellow-rumped Caciques. We also discovered a huge locust which was at least twelve centimetres long; it was quite a sight.
Lunch was taken at the Aripo Livestock Station. Once again we searched for Pinnated Bittern but this time we failed in our quest. We did have fine views of Green-rumped Parrotlet, however.
The rest of the afternoon was spent 'doing our own thing'. It was a perfect afternoon for photography.
At dusk we were visited by three Short-tailed Nighthawks. By the way, that was before the rum punch was delivered.
Some stalwarts braved the rain and went on the night walk.
FRIDAY 21 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER a.m. Overcast, showers, bright intervals. p.m. Steady rain.
The morning was spent walking part of the Lalaja Trace, a broken down road into the hills. A wide variety of birds and butterflies were noted including White-flanked Antwren, Golden-crowned Warbler and Cocoa Woodcreeper (heard). We were particularly impressed by good views of Tropical Parula. Despite the rain we had a very enjoyable walk.
In the afternoon the highlights of our walks were sightings of Golden-olive Woodpeckers, Little Hermit, Cocoa Woodcreeper and Turquoise Tanager.
At 16.00 we set off for Wallerfield. It rained. Thankfully we found a shelter under which we were able to enjoy our rum punch and evening meal. It was from here that we saw a pair of Red-breasted Macaws flying to roost. Thankfully, just as we set out to look for night birds, the rain stopped. We were soon peering into the bushes at a Tropical Screech-owl that had given its position away by calling loudly. It was briefly illuminated by a spotlight. As we watched another owl called from the other side of the runway. We then re-entered the vehicles and drove slowly along the runways, sweeping the spotlight to and fro in order to find other night birds. We were fortunate as we managed to see Common Potoo, Pauraque and the smaller White-tailed Nightjar in flight and at rest. As we left the rain started again!
SATURDAY 22 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER 6-7/8 Cu. Sunny spells. Heavy showers. A fine evening.
As usual we started the day on the verandah. The highlight of our watch was a single pass by a lone Ornate Hawk-eagle taking advantage of early thermals.
By 10.30 we were at Waterloo, a tidal area on the west coast of the island. Despite a heavy downpour we were able to scan the area with our telescopes, finding a variety of herons, gulls, terns and waders. The most unexpected bird was a second-winter Ring-billed Gull, sitting quietly amongst a mass of Laughing Gulls. A flock of fishing Black Skimmers provided the most spectacular event of the morning, however. As lunch time approached we drove to the other side of the bay to seek shelter in an open barn. The tide was reaching its highest point. As we arrived at the lunch spot we noticed that a number of small waders were feeding in the puddles in the gravel car park. We were able to leave the vehicles and watch these birds at a range of ten metres. We had fine views of Western, Semi-palmated and Spotted Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones and Semi-palmated Plovers. This was fortunate as the other smaller waders were massed hundred of metres away from us.
Our next port of call was the Sumaria Trace, a road which runs alongside a marshy area close to the Caroni Swamp. The highlights here were Moorhen, American Purple Gallinule and Yellow-chinned Spinetail.
By 15.15 we were sitting in Charles (Everard) Madoo's boat ready to explore the mangrove lined channels and open lakes of the Caroni Swamp. Before we set off we were delighted to see two stunning Red-capped Cardinals. Before long the boat was pushed slowly into the back so that we could see a fine Cook's Tree Boa asleep on an overhanging mangrove branch. We were then shown two Common Potoo at roost. As we continued on our trip we glimpsed the vivid red plumage of Scarlet Ibis feeding in the depths of the mangrove stands. Perhaps the most unexpected sighting was that of a very skulking Rufous-necked Wood-rail.
Once again the rain had stopped and the sun shone just at the point at which we needed its aid. As the day lengthened we moored alongside a small island in a large lake. Two hundred metres away was one of the islands which was used as a roost site by hundreds of herons and ibis. Small flocks of herons started to fly into roost soon to be followed by flock after flock of brilliantly coloured scarlet Ibis. Eventually the count of ibis reached about twelve hundred. I say 'about' as it is hard to count, write down the numbers and drink a rum punch simultaneously!
We had undoubtedly just had one of the most exciting experiences in the life of a naturalist.
SUNDAY 23 JANUARY
ASA WRIGHT CENTRE
WEATHER Fine, 1/8 Cu. sunny, NE 3
After our usual session on the verandah, we had breakfast and then set off for Tobago.
On landing in Tobago we were met by Adolphus. We were expecting to be met by Gladwyn, his son, who was to be our leader. Adolphus was obviously shaken as he related the events of the morning. Gladwyn had been driving to church when his car was hit head-on by another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle died but, thankfully, Gladwyn survived. He was in hospital with serious injuries to an arm and both legs and possibly internally. Obviously we were willing to change our plans to make life as easy as possible for Adolphus.
Instead of making for our hotel we drove to the nearby pools at the Crown Point Sewage Works.
There was a wealth of wildlife to enjoy at this venue. Black-bellied Whistling-duck and White-cheeked Pintail were sitting on the grassy banks. It was almost as though they had been waiting for us. Usually these species are to be found deep in the mangroves but a combination of heavy rain and spring tides had forced them out into the open. We also noted a selection of herons and waders. Two Broad-winged Hawks, a Yellow-headed Caracara and a small group of Caribbean Martins were also hunting in the area. Nearby was a flooded field which held more wetland species, including an adult Yellow-crowned Night-heron and an American Wigeon.
Lunch was taken at the Grafton estate, an abandoned plantation. The estate was home to a number of bird species including Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Blue-backed Manakin, Barred Antshrike and Fuscous Flycatcher.
Our last port of call was the Hilton Lakes, a series of artificial lakes surrounding the Hilton Hotel. As soon as we arrived we discovered another flock of Black-bellied Whistling-ducks, three Least Grebe and a drake Ring-necked Duck.
The drive to Blue Waters took us past a trail of devastation caused by the hurricane of September 2004 and the recent heavy rains. There were signs of landslides in abundance, some involving the destruction of houses and a number of lives.
By 17.00 we had arrived at the hotel.
MONDAY 24 JANUARY
WEATHER 4/8 Cu, sunny, NE 2
The first job of the day was to 'make friends' with the flock of thirty six Ruddy Turnstones which inhabited the beach, and , on occasions the bar of Blue Waters.
By 09.00 we were at King's Bay Trace, a wide track leading to the coast. Rufous-tailed Jacamar seemed to be the most obvious bird of the walk, four pairs having been recorded. Blue-backed Manakins were also much in evidence. Black-faced and Blue-black Grassquits were very active in the grassland areas. The real action started, though, when we found a group of fruiting fig trees. They were full of birds, including Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Brown-crested Flycatcher, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned and Red-rumped Woodpecker, White-fringed Antwren, Scrub Greenlet, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Blue-crowned Motmot and Bare-eyed Thrush. Broad-winged and Great Black Hawks were also seen overhead.
In the afternoon time was spent lying on the beach, swimming and canoeing.
TUESDAY 25 JANUARY
WEATHER 4/8 Cu. Sunny,NE 2
At 09.00 we boarded Frank's boat to sail to Little Tobago. En route we sailed over the Angel Reef. Here we were able to view the corals and fish through the glass bottom of the boat. We then went on to land on the island. As we climbed the well-made steps to the ridge we noted a number of forest birds including Ruby-topaz Hummingbird and Chivi Vireo. On reaching the look-out we were immediately taken with the aerobatics of the Red-billed Tropicbirds. A little later we were to see this fine bird on the nest; in fact we were able to stand within a metre of the bird without it taking the slightest notice of us. From our vantage point we were also able to see nesting Brown and Red-footed Boobies. While we watched the Magnificent Frigatebirds swooped down on flying tropicbirds and boobies in an attempt to make them regurgitate their hard won catches.
On the way back to the hotel we encountered a Hawksbill Turtle.
Once again the afternoon was 'free'. It was not, though without incident. The snorkellers had good views of Hawksbill Turtles and a flock of Ruby-topaz Hummingbirds were noted at a flowering tree.
WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY
WEATHER 4/8 Cu. Sunny NE 2
By 08.45 we had reached the Main Ridge Forest, a rainforest reserve set up in 1765. To start with we watched from the road, finding Great Black Hawk, White-fringed Antwren, Collared Trogon and White-necked Thrush. We also came across a Prothonotary Warbler, a visitor from North America; unfortunately, though, it only stayed in view for a moment.
At 09.30 we entered the Gilpin Trace, a narrow footpath through the rainforest. Not only was the sun shining but the trace was in reasonably good condition underfoot. The first bird we saw well was the secretive Rufous-breasted Wren and then the equally elusive Stripe-breasted Spinetail. As we walked quietly through the forest we encountered three wonderful White-tailed Sabrewing. We then found Cocoa Woodcreeper and two Plain-brown Woodcreepers. A female and then a pair of Plain Antvireo then came to our notice. Many of the birds were high in the canopy enjoying the sunshine but we did manage to find Blue-backed Manakin, American Redstarts and a Yellow Warbler. Yellow-legged Thrushes were calling from the thicker undergrowth but we failed to lay eyes on one.
Once out of the forest we drove to Bloody Bay where we searched the riverbank. Eventually we found a sparkling Green Kingfisher.
We had lunch at a lookout from which we could scan the ridge and the sea. It was hot and few birds were active.
After lunch we walked a short trail through secondary forest. This was somewhat frustrating as we heard Olivaceous Woodcreeper and White-throated Spadebill but could not find them in the dense foliage.
As we approached Blue Waters we found a Green Heron resting by the riverside.
Three of the group had decided not to join us in the forest. One had a good morning on Little Tobago, two others went birdwatching locally and discovered Belted and Green Kingfisher, amongst other gems.
THURSDAY 27 JANUARY
WEATHER 2/8 Cu, sunny, NE 1
The morning was spent at leisure. In the afternoon we drove to the airport and flew to Trinidad in time to catch an early evening flight to London.
FRIDAY 28 JANUARY
We arrived early at Heathrow and sped off to our homes.
Aripo Livestock Station ARI
Asa Wright ASA
Blanchisseuse Rd BLA
Blue Waters BLU
Caroni Swamp CAR
Hilton Pools HIL
King's Bay Trace KIN
Lalaja Trace LAL
Little Tobago LIT
Main Ridge MAI
Nariva & Manzanilla NAR
Pigeon Point PIG
Sumaria Trace SUM
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Peak Counts [ ]
Little Tinamou Heard BLA
Least Grebe Three HIL
Red-billed Tropicbird Breeding LIT
Red-footed Booby Breeding LIT
Brown Booby Breeding LIT
Anhinga / American Darter One CAR and four PIG/HIL
Olivaceous/Neotropical Cormorant Five WAT
Brown Pelican One hundred and fifty WAT and common TOB
Magnificent Frigatebird A few TRI and common breeder TOB
Great Blue Heron Two WAT and two PIG
Cocoi/White-necked Heron One ARI
Cattle Egret Widespread TRI and TOB
Great [White] Egret Eight NAR, two WAT and three PIG
Tricolored Heron Common CAR  and four PIG
Little Blue Heron Widespread in wetlands,  CAR
Snowy Egret Mainly Car  and WAT 
Striated Heron Ten in wetlands TRI
Green / Green-backed Heron One BLU
Yellow-crowned Night-heron One WAT, one CAR,one PIG and two BL
Pinnated Bittern One ARI
Scarlet Ibis Wonderful views CAR 
Black-bellied Whistling-duck Twenty six PIG and Ninety five HIL
American Wigeon One PIG
White-cheeked Pintail Fourteen PIG
Ring-necked Duck A drake HIL
Turkey Vulture Common TRI
[American] Black Vulture Very common TRI lowlands
Osprey Widespread near the coast (13) TRI. Three TOB
Grey-headed Kite One NAR
Pearl Kite One NAR
White Hawk Two ASA
Common Black-hawk Common TRI (13)
Great Black-hawk One KIN and one MAI
Savannah Hawk Common in lowland TRI (12)
Grey Hawk One BLA and one NAR
Broad-winged Hawk Widespread TOB (4)
Short-tailed Hawk Two BLA and two WAL
Zone-tailed Hawk One in the lowlands TRI
Ornate Hawk-Eagle One ASA
Yellow-headed Caracara Six ARI/NAR, two WAT and one PI
Merlin A female ARI
Bat Falcon One BLA
Peregrine Falcon One ARI, one WAL and one LIT
Rufous-vented Chachalaca Common TOB
Limpkin Two in flight NAR
Grey-necked Wood-rail One heard Arima Valley
Rufous-necked Wood-rail One seen briefly CAR
Common Moorhen One NAR, five PIG and twenty HIL
Azure Gallinule One, seen through the telescope, NAR
[American] Purple Gallinule Eight NAR and four SUM
Wattled Jacana Widespread in shallow wetlands
Southern Lapwing Common in wetland fringes
Grey Plover Eight WAT
Semipalmated Plover Twelve WAT
[Hudsonian] Whimbrel Ten WAT
Greater Yellowlegs Fourteen WAT and five PIG
Lesser Yellowlegs Five PIG
Solitary Sandpiper At least three ARI and two PIG
Spotted Sandpiper Common in wetlands (25) TRI. Five PIG and other scattered records TOB
Willet Twenty WAT
Ruddy Turnstone Fifteen WAT and up to thirty six BLU
Short-billed Dowitcher Two WAT
Semipalmated Sandpiper Fourteen seen well WAT, probably hundreds more on the mud flats
Western Sandpiper Ten seen well WAT, probably many more on the flats
Least Sandpiper At least five ARI
Ring-billed Gull A second winter bird WAT
Laughing Gull Common WAT
Royal Tern Fifty five WAT
Black Skimmer Twenty WAT
Scaled Pigeon One BLA
Pale-vented Pigeon Scattered records TRI and TOB
Common Ground-dove Six WAL
Ruddy Ground-dove Noted daily
White-tipped Dove Common TOB
Grey-fronted Dove A pair ASA
Red-bellied Macaw Twenty eight NAR and six WAL
Green-rumped Parrotlet Three ARI and two KIN
Blue-headed Parrot Groups of six and two ASA
Yellow-crowned Parrot Three NAR
Orange-winged Parrot Common throughout
Smooth-billed Ani Common
Striped Cuckoo Two ARI, heard elsewhere
Squirrel Cuckoo Four records
Tropical Screech-owl Two WAL
Spectacled Owl One ASA
Ferruginous Pygmy-owl Heard daily
Oilbird Two seen well ASA
Common/Grey Potoo One ASA, one WAL and two CAR
Semi-collared/Short-tailed Nighthawk Seen on three evenings ASA (4)
Common Pauraque Seen well WAL
White-tailed Nightjar Seen well WAL
Band-rumped Swift Common TRI
Grey-rumped Swift Several ASA
Short-tailed Swift Very widespread TRI and TOB
Fork-tailed Palm-swift Common WAL
Rufous-breasted Hermit Only ASA
Green Hermit Only ASA
Little Hermit Only ASA
White-tailed Sabrewing Three sightings MAI
White-necked Jacobin Common ASA
Black-throated Mango Scattered records
Ruby-topaz Hummingbird Seen well WAL, LIT and BLU
Tufted Coquette Wonderful views ASA
Blue-chinned Sapphire Uncommon ASA
White-chested Emerald Very common ASA
Copper-rumped Hummingbird The most commonly seen hummingbird on the trip
Long-billed Starthroat Uncommon ASA and BLA
White-tailed Trogon Two records ASA/BLA
Collared Trogon One BLA and one MAI
Violaceous Trogon Common TRI
Ringed Kingfisher One NAR
Belted Kingfisher One BLU
Green Kingfisher One BLU and one Bloody Bay TOB
Blue-crowned Motmot Common throughout
Rufous-tailed Jacamar Widespread in the forests
Channel-billed Toucan Common in the forests TRI
Red-crowned Woodpecker Noted GRA and KIN
Red-rumped Woodpecker One ASA and two KIN
Golden-olive Woodpecker A pair ASA
Chestnut Woodpecker A male ASA
Lineated Woodpecker One ASA and one ARI
Crimson-crested Woodpecker One BLA
Plain-brown Woodcreeper Two MAI
Olivaceous Woodcreeper Heard MAI
Cocoa Woodcreeper One ASA and one MAI
Stripe-breasted Spinetail Two MAI
Yellow-chinned Spinetail One NAR and one SUM
Streaked Xenops One BLA
Great Antshrike A pair ASA
Black-crested Antshrike Three NAR
Barred Antshrike Widespread
Plain Antvireo three MAI
White-flanked Antwren Two LAL
White-fringed Antwren One GRA, one BLU and one MAI
White-bellied Antbird Heard WAL
Black-faced Antthrush Heard ASA
Scaled Antpitta Heard BLA
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet One BLA and one LAL
Forest Elaenia Noted at ASA,BLA,WAL and LAL
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Two TOB
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher A pair ASA
Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Two WAL and one MAI
White-throated Spadebill Heard MAI
Bran-coloured Flycatcher One WAL
Euler's Flycatcher One BLA
Olive-sided Flycatcher One BLA
Tropical Pewee Common ASA/BLA
Fuscous Flycatcher Three GRA
Pied Water-tyrant Common in marshy areas TRI
White-headed Marsh-tyrant Common in marshy areas TRI
Brown-crested Flycatcher two KIN and three LIT
Great Kiskadee Common TRI
Boat-billed Flycatcher Three records in the hills TRI
Streaked Flycatcher One ASA
Sulphury Flycatcher Two WAL
Tropical Kingbird Common throughout
Grey Kingbird Two WAT and common TO
Black-tailed Tityra A pair ASA
White-bearded Manakin Seen well ASA and LAL
Blue-backed ManakinNine sightings in the forests TOB
Golden-headed Manakin Excellent views ASA, BLA and LAL
Bearded Bellbird One heard in the distance ASA. The birds have moved to dense forest down the valley, it would seem.
White-winged Swallow Common in wetlands TRI
Caribbean Martin Five PIG
Grey-breasted Martin Widespread TRI
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Thinly distributed TRI
Rufous-breasted Wren Seen well ASA,LAL and MAI
House Wren Very common
Tropical Mockingbird Common
Yellow-legged Thrush Heard MAI
Cocoa Thrush Common TRI
Bare-eyed Thrush Common throughout
White-necked Thrush One ASA and one MAI
Grassland Yellowfinch Two males WAL. This species is newly arrived in TRI.
Blue-black Grassquit Common
Black-faced Grassquit Four KIN
Red-capped Cardinal Two CAR
Greyish Saltator A pair ASA
Bicoloured Conebill Two CAR
White-lined Tanager Common TRI and TOB
Red-crowned Ant-tanager A pair ASA and LAL
Silver-beaked Tanager Common TRI
Blue-grey Tanager Common throughout
Palm Tanager Common throughout
Violaceous Euphonia Common in the forests TRI
Turquoise Tanager Up to four ASA
Bay-headed Tanager Common TRI
Blue Dacnis Three records in the forest TRI
Green Honeycreeper Common ASA
Purple Honeycreeper Common ASA
Red-legged Honeycreeper One male ASA
Bananaquit Common throughout
Tropical Parula Two BLA and two LAL
Yellow Warbler One MAI
American Redstart One BLA and two MAI
Northern Waterthrush Widespread in damp sites
Prothonotary Warbler One seen briefly MAI
Golden-crowned Warbler One LAL
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Seen well ASA
Chivi Vireo Seen briefly LIT
Golden-fronted Greenlet Three sightings TRI
Scrub Greenlet One KIN
Crested Oropendola Common. Noted daily
Yellow-rumped Cacique Five in the lowlands TRI
Moriche Oriole Three WAL
Yellow Oriole Scattered records ASA,WAL and NAV
Yellow-hooded Blackbird Common NAV and SUM
Red-breasted Blackbird Common ARI and NAV
Carib Grackle Common in the lowlands TRI
Shiny Cowbird Common in agricultural areas
Giant Cowbird Two sightings ASA
Cocoa Mort blue
Frangipane Hawk Moth
AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES:
[Pacific] Green Turtle
Cook's Tree Boa
Lizard Tropidurus plica
Tree frog species
Gtr White-lined [Sac-winged] Bat
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