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#81
Ontario - Canada
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Originally posted by PABirder
hvbaskey, a list maybe?
Will start off with Mexico (as I still have to enter Costa Rica and Panama into eBird.

Cabo San Lucas (with Guide, Maria Elena Muriel)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16285938

Puerto Vallarta (with Guide, Alejandro Martinez)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16286147

When I enter the other two ports, will share the lists

Heather
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#82
Ontario - Canada
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Bird list from our Port of Call - Colon, Panama. We birded Gatun Locks, Gatun Spillway (Dam) and then the majority of the day in Achiote (San Lorenzo National Forest). eBird took all the entries, except 1 - it did not have the Western Slaty Antshrike in the database

Gonzalo Horna was found via "birding pal" and he was really great!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16446843

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#83
Ontario - Canada
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Originally posted by hvbaskey;41366728

Puerto Vallarta (with Guide, Alejandro Martinez)

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Heather
One of my favourites from Puerto Vallarta:

http://ponyshots.smugmug.com/Travel/...C_0971_2-L.jpg

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#84
Texas
253 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
I'm back to Jamaica in 2 wks and have hired Wendy Lee again to bird Cockpit Country. She tells me there are two of us on the Independence booked with her that day. So, Bruce if you are out there lurking, I'll see you on the 12th.

Cinda
#85
colorado
68 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Birding through the Panama Canal – Azamara Quest, Jan 5-17, 2014. Miami to San Jose, CR
Stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn a couple miles from the airport, and up early for the vultures, kestrel ,starlings, Blue Jay, grackle, Mourning Dv, Ring Billed Gull in the field behind the hotel. Laughing/Ringbill/Herringl gulls off the ship, Royal Tern, Double crested and Neotropic Cormorants both, soaring Black Vultures.
Nothing across the water, until we got about 30 miles offshore from Cartagena, when the Brown and Masked Boobies started riding the air currents around the ship and diving on injured /stunned fish.
Cartagena: hook a ride on one of the shuttles to the visitor center behind the Duty Free at the end of the dock, or walk it – a good quarter mile on the hot concrete. There is a couple of acres of woods behind, a beer stand out front for when you get dehydrated birding, and internet access – 5 bucks for 2 hours. The woods had 3kinds of parrots, grackles, some kind of chicken sized Tinnamou?, brown throated parakeet flock, keel-billed toucans, Macaws, some kind of sparrow sized bird I never got a good look at, a flock of flamingos with a Double Stripe Thickknee hanging around. Last time I had a spotted Woodpecker pair to watch. There’s a cage of off limits birds – this time a Ring necked Pheasant, a few Black bellied Whistling Ducks, more thickknees, and a great orange bird that I forget…. Bring a couple of rolls from breakfast to use for bait – they put out some fruit for the toucans and parrots. Peer under the bushes. Develop a rhythm – go through the woods slowly, have a 2 dollar beer in a shady chair facing your bait, then repeat. A couple of hours of this, and you’ll be good. Down by the water, you’ll generally see mangrove swallows and some swifts.
Panama Canal: both vultures and Frigate Birds, Brown Pelicans, some parakeets, Great tail grackles, half a dozen swallows (Mangrove, Purple Martins, Gray, Rough winged). Snowy Egret, great blue heron, Black crowned night heron, little blue heron, 8 white pelicans soaring over Gatun Lake, some kind of medium hawk hovering, a yellow head Caracara, and a lot of pigeons with not one single dove in there. Saw all of these hanging over the rail (veranda room). In Panama City: another Yell Caracara, social flycatcher, boat bill flycatcher, tropical kingbird, reddish egret, both pelicans, frigates soaring, both vultures, grackles, Laughing Gulls. Had some King Vultures last time….
Golfrito: not bad birding. Up early and got flycatchers and swallows off the balcony, a couple of egrets, one lonely flyby of a big Ringed Kingfisher, and the usual grackles and doves. Walked down to the end of the pier, through the fence, and up the road a hundred yards to a two tracks going to the left down to a creek. The creek had Black Vultures and another Yell Caracara picking up scraps. I scared up a Bare necked Tiger Heron next to the road at a distance of 15 feet, had a variated Seedeater perched on the fence, and was passed several times by Cherie’s Tanagers flying around. Heard several birds in the bushes, but no luck pishing, etc.
Quepos: tour of Manuel Antonio Park with knowledgeable guides. Saw the camo frogs, a hummingbird nest with 2 young, a Buff-Throated Saltator, a Pygmy Kingfisher near the pond, then when we were having a little snack, I looked up and a Hoffman’s Woodpecker landed on a dead palm stump. Not bad…. All the official guides are college grads and pretty good – the official tours will bring a spotting scope.
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#86
Toronto
126 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
My husband and I are going to St. Martin for a week in October and are wondering if anyone knows of a birding guide who would be willing to bird with us for a day?

Thanks to anyone who can give us suggestions.

Connie
#87
San Antonio, TX
145 Posts
Joined May 2007
Ann,

http://www.birdingpal.org/StMaartenMartin.htm

Here's a start. Couldn't find more -- but there is one birdingpal (volunteer) contact who might be able to either take you out him/herself, or tell you about other resources available on the island.

Cheers!
April
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April
San Antonio, TX
#88
Toronto
126 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by agru
Ann,

http://www.birdingpal.org/StMaartenMartin.htm

Here's a start. Couldn't find more -- but there is one birdingpal (volunteer) contact who might be able to either take you out him/herself, or tell you about other resources available on the island.

Cheers!
April
Thanks April, we'll follow up on this right away.

Connie
#89
Manassas VA
14 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Let's try to keep this thread alive . . . it's a real good resource for specific islands.

I just kind of walk around on the private and other islands while The Bride gets a lounger in the shade with a Corona and a book!

So far have been to the following with some of the highlights:

Princess Cay - Black-Faced Grassquit (M), Bahama Woodstar, Comomn-Ground Dove

Cococay - Bananaquit, Black-Faced Grassquit (F), Common-Ground Dove, hundreds of Laughing Gulls

Maya Cay (excursion from Roatan) - White-Crowned Pigeon

St. John's (excursion from St. Thomas USVI) - Zenadia Dove, Pearly-Eyed Thrasher

I am cruising to Cococay again in March 2015, Labadee in October 2015, and Hawaii in April 2016.

Thanks -

Jerry
Manassas VA
#90
Southeastern PA
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Joined Jul 2005
Gidewey52, you made me pull my diary out for St. John (USVI) - back in 2006, I saw bananaquits, black-necked stilts, white-cheeked pintails, ground doves, brown boobies, frigatebirds, and several Antillean crested and green-throated Carib hummingbirds.
#91
Manassas VA
14 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
PABirder:

Looks like I need to get back to St. John! Good finds . . .

I'll let you know what I see on Cococay and Blue Lagoon Island (Nassau) in April.

Jerry
Manassas VA
#92
Ontario, Canada
14 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Hi,
My day at the beach in Labadee Haiti in March 2012 produced 11 species, the following bird sightings:

Brown Pelican
Red-tailed Hawk
White-winged Dove
Gray Kingbird
Black-whiskered Vireo
Cave Swallow
Northern Mockingbird
Palmchat (Endemic to Hispaniola)
Bananaquit
House Sparrow and
Village Weaver
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#94
Manassas VA
14 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Returned from our RCCL cruise on Enchantment of the Seas. Went to Cococay (RCI's private Island) and to Blue Lagoon Island on our stop at Nassau.

Cococay

I took a two-hour walk on the Nature Trail. Weather was great - sunny and not too hot. I have pictures of everything except the Bananaquit, Hummingbird and Mockingbird. There were also a couple of other species that flew by and hid in the bushes. Too fast to get an ID.

Indian Peafowl
Prairie Warbler
Laughing Gull
Blackfaced Grassquit
Palm Warbler
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Bananaquit
Great Egret
Green Heron
Northern Harrier
UNK Hummingbird (flew by me pretty fast)
UNK Mockingbird (heard but couldn't locate in tree)

Blue Lagoon Island

I just wandered around for about an hour. They have a boardwalk that wraps around the lagoon/beach and goes to an un-improved part of the island (woods), but they had it closed off. I spoke with a worker and he said that they closed it off because of possible liability issues. It is a bit remote and they were afraid that someone could get hurt and nobody would know. Oh well. He said that they have counted 13 or 18 (can't remember exactly what he said) species on the island - some woodpeckers, hummingbirds, etc., that would be found in the wooded area that was closed off.

Ruddy Turnstone (all over the place - fun to watch)
Common Ground Dove
Laughing Gull
Ring-Billed Gull

Had a good time - the Indian Peafowl, and Ruddy Turnstone are lifers for me.

On to Labadee, Falmouth and Georgetown in October!

Jerry
Manassas VA
#95
Texas
253 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Well, I did something I never thought I would do. I joined a 'Carefree Birding cruise' with Ken & Linda on the Equinox last March. James Currie was along with his cameraman Jeff filming episodes for his Nikon Birding Adventures which is on Destination America channel. He also was the Enrichment Speaker. We hit 6 ports and 6 birding sites. It is not your usual birding group. There were 18 of us and we birded: Cartegena on a private ranch, Colon on the old US Fort with Carlos Bethancourt from Canopy Towers, Puerto Limon rural area with local guide; Queen Elizabeth Botanical Park, Grand Cayman; Cozumel; and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize.

It was a blast and I may do it again someday.
Cinda
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#96
Ontario - Canada
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Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by texcin
Well, I did something I never thought I would do. I joined a 'Carefree Birding cruise' with Ken & Linda on the Equinox last March. James Currie was along with his cameraman Jeff filming episodes for his Nikon Birding Adventures which is on Destination America channel. He also was the Enrichment Speaker. We hit 6 ports and 6 birding sites. It is not your usual birding group. There were 18 of us and we birded: Cartegena on a private ranch, Colon on the old US Fort with Carlos Bethancourt from Canopy Towers, Puerto Limon rural area with local guide; Queen Elizabeth Botanical Park, Grand Cayman; Cozumel; and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize.

It was a blast and I may do it again someday.
Cinda
Hi Cinda - what is a carefree birding cruise? were the tours pre-arranged, how did you get your group together? pre-cruise?

I did the Panama Canal (see earlier threads) and birded 4 ports, but we did it on our own, as we could not find any birders on the roll call

Heather
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#97
beautiful Jersey Shore
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Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by texcin
Well, I did something I never thought I would do. I joined a 'Carefree Birding cruise' with Ken & Linda on the Equinox last March. James Currie was along with his cameraman Jeff filming episodes for his Nikon Birding Adventures which is on Destination America channel. He also was the Enrichment Speaker. We hit 6 ports and 6 birding sites. It is not your usual birding group. There were 18 of us and we birded: Cartegena on a private ranch, Colon on the old US Fort with Carlos Bethancourt from Canopy Towers, Puerto Limon rural area with local guide; Queen Elizabeth Botanical Park, Grand Cayman; Cozumel; and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize.

It was a blast and I may do it again someday.
Cinda
This is a GREAT idea. Not everyone wants a hard-core birding experience, but what birder wouldn't want to look for birds in a new, exotic place? And have deck buddies looking for boobies (the feathered kind)? I will be checking this out for sure. If anyone else participates in one of these trips, I hope they will also share.

Thanks, Dena
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#98
Texas
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Joined Feb 2009
Originally posted by hvbaskey
Hi Cinda - what is a carefree birding cruise?.... we could not find any birders on the roll call
Heather
Carefree Birding is a company (2 very personable individuals/ Ken & Linda) that arrange birding groups on different cruises. Google them. They have a website.
I have always made my own arrangements, so this was definitely different for me. James Currie from "Nikon Birding Adventures" was the lead in our group of 18. Each port had a local guide prearranged. Ken & Linda are a blast.

Originally posted by smooth_sailin
This is a GREAT idea.
Thanks, Dena
That's what gave Ken the idea. There is a whole write up about it on their website. I had heard about it from a couple that I birded with in Jamaica. Also Kevin Karlson was leading a birding group @ Galveston (TX) Featherfest and he mentioned that he lead some of these trips for Ken & Linda, so I checked it out.

Happy birding everyone,
Cinda
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#99
Ontario - Canada
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Joined Dec 2004
Thanks Cinda for the information

So far, we have just arranged our own birding via birding pal.org (a very useful site) and/or Trip Advisor. We are off to the Eastern Med in 3 weeks time and post-cruise, we have arranged to Bird Tuscany, Italy (woot woot!).

We are tentatively booked for the Southern Caribbean (B2B) for the Holidays 2015 and will definitely be booking some birding trips (likely through birding pal), as our Panama Canal trip was absolutely amazing birding 4 ports (out of 6).

Heather
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Ontario - Canada
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Originally posted by Ann Lundby
Thanks April, we'll follow up on this right away.

Connie
Connie, did you reach a guide for St. Maarten?
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