Tuesday, November 06, 2007

October 29 to November 2 - Saint Kitts island

The wife and I took a few days off and visited the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts, formerly known as Saint Christopher. This island is in the Lesser Antilles section of the Caribbean, and is southeast of Puerto Rico.
There is very little published info on the birds of the island, and even less about the birding spots. I did manage to locate this fine birding report by a British ornithologist. It was helpful to get an idea of what birds might be seen during my trip.

I stayed at a hotel on North Frigate Bay, and walked to the areas of Muddy Point, as well as, the Frigate Bay Salt Pond. This map illustrates where I was.

All totaled I saw 51 species of birds, most of which are regular North American shorebirds and warblers. Some of my favorites were the Brown Booby, which I had previously seen once on Key West in Florida and once on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Also nice to see were the birds less common to my home state.
These being the Snowy and Wilson's Plovers.

Finally another bird I enjoyed seeing again is the honeycreeper like Bananaquit:

Overall a nice trip, and some good birds were seen on this non-birding trip.

Here is the complete list:
Pied-billed Grebe, Brown Pelican, Brown Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Great Blue Heron,Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Green Heron , Black-crowned Night-Heron , Yellow-crowned Night-Heron , Blue-winged Teal, Osprey, American Kestrel , Merlin , Peregrine Falcon , Common Moorhen , Black-necked Stilt , American Avocet , American Golden-Plover , Black-bellied Plover , Semipalmated Plover , Wilson's Plover , Killdeer , Snowy Plover , Wilson's Snipe , Short-billed Dowitcher , Greater Yellowlegs , Lesser Yellowlegs , Spotted Sandpiper , Ruddy Turnstone , Red Knot , Sanderling , Semipalmated Sandpiper , Western Sandpiper , Least Sandpiper , Pectoral Sandpiper , Stilt Sandpiper , Royal Tern , Zenaida Dove , Common Ground-Dove , Belted Kingfisher , Gray Kingbird , Bank Swallow , Barn Swallow , Yellow Warbler , Northern Waterthrush , Bananaquit , Black-faced Grassquit , Lesser Antillean Bullfinch.