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ΤΙΜΗ: ENDEMIC AND KIRTLAND GARNISH 2023
March 18-23, 2023 chaired by Jesse Fagan
Another great trip to the Bahamas! It has been several years since my last visit, which was before the pandemic AND before Hurricane Dorian hit in early September 2019. The hurricane left a devastating impact on the local economy and habitats on Abaco Island. However, we saw a lot of resilience from the locals as restaurants and hotels reopened and the birds also seemed to be around.
We enjoyed visiting three of the most important bird endemism islands including Abaco, Eleuthera and Andros. On Abaco Island, you can see most of the endemics such as Bahama Woodstar, Yellow Throat, Swallow and Warbler, and we had great views of all four. Abaco also has some important local Caribbean endemics that we encountered such as the Cuban Parrot, West Indian Woodpecker, Cuban Emerald, and Cuban Pewee. Some of them are only found in Cuba and the Bahamas. We raided a rare Kirtland's warbler on Elefthera Island with great success. We found our last Bahamian endemic, the Bahama Oriole, very close to our hotel in Andros. It was also a traveling bird!
All in all, a very successful trip with mostly good weather, excellent birding (one of my highest ratings in the history of the species) and a fun group. Thank you all for your participation and support Field Guides, Inc. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. All the best in 2023 and beyond,
—Jesse Fagan and Motmot (Dahlonega, Georgia)
KEYS TO THIS LIST
One of the following keys may appear in brackets for each species as appropriate: * = Heard only, I = Introduced, E = Endemic, N = Nesting, a = Australian migrant, B = Northern migrant
Anatidae (ducks, geese and waterfowl)
BLUE WINGS TEAL (spatula difference)
All waterfowl on this trip were spotted on Eleuthera Island at Carey's Pond.
NORTH SHOULDER (clypeat shoulder)
A good bird for the Bahamas. perhaps the rarest waterfowl we have found at Carye's Pond.
AMERICAN VIGEON (US brand)
Carey Pond, Free.
DRINKS WITH A WHITE CHEEK (Anas bahamensis)
This was my first trip to see this species in the Bahamas, although it is more common further south in the Caribbean. However, the specific adjective escapes its presence here.
LESS LIGHTS (related to Aythya)
Lonely woman at Carey's Pond.
RED DUCK (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Small numbers at Carey's Pond.
AT LEAST lumpy (Tachybaptus dominicus)
It is seen in many places in Elefthera.
Columbidae (doves and pigeons)
STONE PIGEON (Columba Livia)
A WHITE-CROWNED DOVE (Patagioenas leucocephala)
Fairly common on most islands in the Bahamas.
EURASIAN PIGEON COLLAR (Streptopelia decaocto)
It was first introduced to the New World in the Bahamas, where about 50 birds escaped from captivity in the 1970s and quickly spread to the mainland.
COMMON PIGEON (Columbine passerine)
Good numbers on all islands.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
This is Elefthera.
IT RUNS SMOOTHLY AN (crotophaga ani)
It is seen on all the islands. The smooth ani is the resident of the Caribbean.
NAMBROW CUCKOK (Little Kokkios)[*]
LARGE LIZARD-KKUKULA (Coccyzus merlini)
We heard about Elefthera, but after some work we finally caught up with this amazing creature in Andros. One of the highlights of the trip.
BAHAMA WOODSTAR (Nesophlox evelynae)[MI]
The male looked good at the Levy Preserve feeders, but so did the females in the pine forest at Abaco.
CUBAN EMERALD (remember memories)
In a pine forest in Abaco and Andros.
Rallidae (Rays, Gallinules and Coots)
SLIDING CAMP (rattle rattle)
It is very well seen in the mangroves near our hotel in Andros.
A LOT (Carolina Przana)
Someone called and worked on the shore of Carey's Pond.
COMMON GALLINOULA (Gallinula galeata)
Both the guinea fowl and the tern were at Carey's Pond.
American turtle (American robin)
LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)
Seen on Abaco Island, including our hotel in Mash Harbour.
Recurvirostridae (stilts and avocets)
SLIM WITH BLACK NECK (Himantopus mexicanus)
Small numbers at Carey's Pond, Eleuthera.
Charadriidae (lovers και lapwings)
Seen in Governor's Bay.
SEMIPALMATIC INK (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Small numbers ashore at Governor's Harbor.
KILLDEER (Screaming Charadrius)
On the island of Andros.
Scolopacidae (sandids and allies)
STONE MEDAL (Translator of Arenaria)
Seen on Abaco Island near the ship and again on Eleuthera.
Laridae (gulls, terns and gliders)
THE LAUGHING SEA (Leucophaeus atricilla)
DECZARSKA MEWA (Larus delawarensis)
One was on the island of Elefthera.
Little Seagull (Brown hair)
The mysterious gull we had in Governor's Harbor was probably this species. I have had immature LBBG here many times but was surprised to see an adult bird. They look very similar to the yellow-legged gull, but this species would be very rare in the New World. My dick looked "big" but I think the real possibility is that it was LBBG.
ROYAL TERNA (Thalasseus maximus)
Small numbers around Governor Harbor and Andros.
LARGE FRIGATE (The frigate zooms in)
Fairly common around Marsh Harbor.
Phalacrocoracidae (cormorant and kudły)
DOUBLE-SIDED CORMOURA (Nannopterus auritus)
On the island of Abaco.
NEOTROPICAL CORMORAN (Brazilian Nannopterus)
This species is slowly spreading north into the Bahamas. Breeding was first recorded in New Providence in 1998. Occurred in Eleuthera at Carey's Pond.
BROWN PELICAN (Pelecanus occidentalis)
One on the island of Andros.
Ardeidae (herons, egrets and bitterns)
BIG BLUE QUESTIONER (Ardaea of Herodias)
Small numbers in Elefthera and Andros.
BIG QUESTIONER (Ardea white)
Fairly common throughout the islands.
LITTLE BLUE HERON (blue heron)
Only one on Abaco Island.
TRICOLORED HERO (tricolor egret)
It is seen in Elefthera and Andros.
HERO OF VEIL (The cowboy will go)
Only one in Andros.
GREEN QUESTIONER (Butorides virescens)
One at Carey's Pond, Eleuthera.
YELLOW WREATH LIGHTING (Nyctanassa violacea)
Also one at Carey's Pond.
Threskiornithidae (ibisy i warzęchy)
WHITE IBIS (Eudocimus albus)
Small groups walking on the grassy lawns of Andros.
USE A SPOON (Platalea ajaja)
One on the island of Andros.
Cathartidae (New World vultures)
Türkiye VUL (Aura Cathartesa)
Surprisingly it was found on all the islands!
OSPREY (Pandion Chaliaios)
Abaco and Andros are single.
Accipitridae (hawks, eagles and kites)
Red-tailed Hawk (SOLITUDINIS) (Buteo from Jamaican Solitude)
This species inhabits the pine forest on the island of Abaco.
Winter belted worm (Megaceryle alcyon)
Wintering birds have been observed on Elefthera Island.
WEST INDIAN WOODPECKER (Melanerpes superciliaris)
We encountered this West Indian endemic on the island of Abaco.
Woolly Woodpecker (Eastern) (Dryobates villosus girls)
One was seen in a pine forest on the island of Abaco.
Falconidae (falcons and caracaras)
AMERICAN (CUBAN) KESTRELA (Falco sparverius sparverioides)
Good photo near our breakfast spot on Abaco Island.
Merlin (falcon dove)
An unusual species that winters in the Caribbean.
Psittacidae (Parrots of the New World and Africa)
cuban parrot (BAHAMAS) (Amazona leucocephala bahamensis)
Fantastic view of the Bahama Palms coast on Abaco Island. This subspecies nests in limestone cavities instead of tree cavities.
Tyrannidae (tyranny flytraps)
CUBAN PEWEE (Contopus caribaeus)
Seen in a pine forest on the islands of Abaco and Andros.
MUCHOŁAPKA THE FESTIVAL (Chief of the Temple)
Common in various habitats (groves and pine forests) on the islands of Abaco and Andros.
ROYAL GRAY (Dominican Tyrant)
Few have returned to the island of Andros. This species mostly leaves the northern Bahamas during the winter months.
ROYAL KING (BELGERHEAD) (Tyrannus caudifasciatus bahamensis)
Good on the island of Abaco, but again on Andros.
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers i Erpornis)
BIAŁOOKI VIREO (yellow gray)
One on Abaco Island.
WIREO HICK WORKS (Vireo crassirostris crassirostris)
Very common on all islands.
VIREO ŻÓŁTOGARDŁOWE (Vireoflawifrony)
One was seen on Abaco Island.
NORTH KONTOCHELIDONI (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Rare on the island of Andros, where few of them struggled with the westerly wind.
BAHAMA SWALLOW (Tachycineta cyaneoviridis)[MI]
Seen well on Abaco Island but again at Fresh Creek, Andros.
BARDENIAN SWALLOW (village swallow)
Seen in Abaco and Eleuthera.
BLUE AND GRAY BLACK (polyoptila blue)
It was heard and seen in the grove of Andros.
EUROPEAN STERLING (common starling)
It is currently expanding to the Bahamas. we saw a couple on Abaco Island. I saw the first people on the island of Eleftheri only a few years ago.
Mimidae (birds and pitchers)
GRAY CAT (Dumetella carolinensis)
TARGET BAHAMAS (Mimus of Gundlach)
Well seen in Elefthera, but also quite common in Andros.
NORTH OBJECT (we imitate multilinguals)
Common to all islands.
Turdidae (thrushes and allies)
RED MESSA (BAHAMAS) (mold wire)
The couple was spotted looking cute on the island of Abaco.
Passeridae (Old World sparrows)
Only one in Elefthera.
WEST SPINDALIS (BLACK-CURGE BAHAMAS) (Spindalis zena zena)
This particular subspecies has been observed on the island of Andros.
WEST SPINDALIS (BAHAMAS GREEN COMB) (Spindalis zena townsendi)
It has been seen many times in the groves and pine forests of the island of Abaco.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
BAHAMA OLIVE (northern jaundice)[MI]
We met good numbers near our hotel in Andros. The population seems fairly stable as the palms are available for nesting.
REDWinged Κως (Agelajusz phoenix)
Parulidae (New world warbler)
OVEN (Seiurus aurocapilla)
Singles on many islands.
Worm-eating little bug (Helmitheros vermivorum)
One was on the island of Elefthera.
NORTH AQUARIUS (Parkesia noveboracensis)
On the island of Elefthera and Andros.
BLACK WHITE GAJNICKA (variant from Mniot)
BAHAMA YELLOW NECK (Geothlypis rostrata)[MI]
The male was seen very well near the Bahama Palms Shore on Abaco Island.
COMMON YELLOW-THROAT (Geotylip hair)
AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla)
KIRTLAND GARNISH (Setophaga kirtlandii)
A nice look at this rare species that winters in Elefthera in a secret place.
CAPE MAY GAJNICZKA (Setophaga tigrina)
Small numbers on all islands.
NORTH PAROULA (Setophaga americana)
ΜΠΛΕ GAJNICKA CHERNOGARDŁA (Setophaga ceruleuscens)
Only one female on Abaco Island.
PALM GARNISH (palm food)
Olive wedge (Setophaga pityophila)
This species is only found in Cuba and Abaco Island in the Bahamas, in a pine forest.
PINE GARNISH (Setophaga pinus achrustera)
YELLOW FIRE (MYRTH) (crowned beetroot)
A small number of birds wintering on the islands of Abaco and Eleuthera.
Yellow suede (DOMINICA/STODDARDI) (Setophaga dominika dominika)
BAHAMA GAJNICZKA (Setophaga flavescens)[MI]
This Bahamian endemic has been seen many times in a pine forest on Abaco.
ranger meadow (setophage discoloration)
Cardinalidae (cardinals and allies)
LALAKI STEM (Passerina cyanea)
Small numbers on the island of Elefthera.
Thraupidae (Tanagers and allies)
BANANAQUIT (PREMIUM) (Coereba flaveola bahamensis)
This characteristic subspecies has been observed on most islands.
THE GREAT ANTILLES GUIL (Melopyrrha violacea)
A good look at Bahama Palms Shore (Abaco) and again at Andros.
BLACK FACE GRASSKIT (Bicolor Melanospiza)
It is well seen on many islands.
GREEN SEA TURTLE (Chelonia mydas)
We saw some of these when the ship landed on Abaco Island.
Total for the tour: 96 bird taxa and 0 mammal taxa
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synonyms for tour guide
On this page you'll find 7 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tour guide, such as: chaperon, cicerone, docent, escort, guide, and sherpa.
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field guide (noun)
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