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a bird list from Trinidad June 7-14, 2001

2003-02-23 - 1:12 p.m.

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Personal triumph: Observing not one but two Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in one day, a noisy bird which I have heard often but which previously eluded me in Veracruz and Arizona. (It is an endangered species in Arizona but I had heard but not seen this fascinating bird in Veracruz.)

Note: I do not usually list birds that are "heard only" but in the case of the Gray Hawk, which I have observed in Veracruz, Mexico; southern Arizona, and southern Texas, I felt confident enough to record it on the basis of voice only -- especially as it was responding to a Gray Hawk tape and mimicking it perfectly. All other species in my list are species that I actually saw. A visitor could probably see more species by visiting when over-wintering migrants are present.

The bird list:

  1. Least Grebe
  2. Neotropical Cormorant
  3. Anhinga
  4. Magnificent Frigatebird
  5. Pinnated Bittern
  6. White-necked Heron
  7. Great Egret
  8. Snowy Egret
  9. Little Blue Heron (various plumages)
  10. Tricolored Heron
  11. Cattle Egret
  12. Green Heron (called Striated Heron in Trinidad)
  13. Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  14. Scarlet Ibis
  15. Black Vulture
  16. Turkey Vulture
  17. Gray-headed Kite
  18. American Swallow-tailed Kite
  19. Pearl Kite (a tiny guy)
  20. Plumbeous Kite
  21. Common Black-Hawk
  22. Savannah Hawk
  23. Gray Hawk -- heard only
  24. Short-tailed Hawk
  25. Zone-tailed Hawk
  26. Yellow-headed Caracara (one of our sightings involved a cute young YH Caracara considering a run-over snake on the highway but getting chased away by an adult Plumbeous Kite before it could do anything about it -- this all occurring directly overhead)
  27. Purple Gallinule
  28. Common Gallinule/Common Moorhen
  29. Limpkin
  30. Southern Lapwing
  31. Black-necked Stilt
  32. Wattled Jacana
  33. Yellow-billed Tern
  34. Large-billed Tern
  35. Black Skimmer
  36. Rock Dove
  37. Scaled Pigeon
  38. Eared Dove (with young in nest)
  39. Common Ground Dove
  40. Plain-breasted Ground Dove
  41. Ruddy Ground Dove
  42. Gray-fronted Dove
  43. Red-bellied Macaw
  44. Green-rumped Parrotlet
  45. Lilac-tailed Parrotlet
  46. Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazon) -- at last I can count the Yellow-Crowned
  47. Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus)
  48. Orange-winged Parrot (Amazon)
  49. Squirrel Cuckoo
  50. Little Cuckoo
  51. Striped Cuckoo
  52. Smooth-billed Ani
  53. Common Barn Owl
  54. Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
  55. Common Pauraque
  56. WHite-tailed Nightjar
  57. Common Potoo
  58. Oilbird, a cave-dwelling bird
  59. Short-tailed Swift
  60. Fork-tailed Palm-swift
  61. Rufous-breasted Hermit
  62. White-necked Jacobin
  63. Black-throated Mango
  64. Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (in the right light, don't miss this one)
  65. Tufted Coquette
  66. Blue-chinned Sapphire
  67. White-chested Emerald
  68. Copper-rumped Hummingbird
  69. Long-billed Starthroat
  70. White-tailed Trogon
  71. Violaceous Trogon (common, if you want to see Trogons, you will see this one)
  72. Collared Trogon
  73. Blue-crowned Motmot
  74. Green Kingfisher
  75. American Pygmy Kingfisher
  76. Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  77. Channel-billed Toucan
  78. Red-rumped Woodpecker
  79. Golden-olive Woodpecker
  80. Lineated Woodpecker
  81. Yellow-throated Spinetail
  82. Streaked Xenops
  83. Straight-billed Woodcreeper
  84. Buff-throated Woodcreeper
  85. Streak-headed Woodcreeper
  86. Great Antshrike
  87. Black-created Antshrike
  88. Barred Antshrike
  89. Silvered Antbird
  90. White-bellied Antbird
  91. Southern Beardless Tyrannulet
  92. Scrub Flycatcher
  93. Yellow-bellied Elaenia
  94. Bran-colored Flycatcher
  95. Tropical Pewee
  96. Euler's Flycatcher
  97. Pied Water Tyrant
  98. White-headed Marsh Tyrant
  99. Great Kiskadee
  100. Boat-billed Flycatcher
  101. Streaked Flycatcher
  102. Piratic Flycatcher
  103. Sulphury Flycatcher
  104. Tropical Kingbird
  105. Gray Kingbird
  106. Fork-tailed Flycatcher
  107. White-winged Becard
  108. Black-tailed Tityra
  109. Bearded Bellbird
  110. White-bearded Manakin
  111. Golden-headed Manakin
  112. Gray-breasted Martin
  113. White-winged Swallow
  114. Southern Rough-winged Swallow
  115. Rufous-breasted Wren
  116. Tropical House Wren
  117. Long-Billed Gnatwren
  118. Bare-Eyed Thrush
  119. Cocoa Thrush
  120. Tropical Mockingbird (finder and mobber of Ferruginous Pygmy Owls)
  121. Chivi Vireo
  122. Golden-fronted Greenlet
  123. Tropical Parula
  124. Masked Yellowthroat
  125. Bananaquit
  126. Bicolored Conebill
  127. Turquoise Tanager
  128. Bay-headed Tanager
  129. Blue Dacnis
  130. Green Honeycreeper
  131. Purple Honeycreeper
  132. Red-legged Honeycreeper
  133. Violaceous Euphonia
  134. Blue-gray Tanager
  135. Palm Tanager
  136. Silver-beaked Tanager
  137. White-shouldered Tanager
  138. White-lined Tanager
  139. Hepatic Tanager
  140. Swallow-tanager
  141. Grayish Saltator
  142. Red-capped Cardinal
  143. Blue-black Grassquit, one of our first life-birds on the road out of the Veracruz, Mexico airport and a nice friendly bird to see again with its antics of jumping in the air like a jack-in-the-box
  144. Sooty Grassquit
  145. Red-breasted Blackbird
  146. Yellow-hooded Blackbird
  147. Carib Grackle
  148. Shiny Cowbird
  149. Giant Cowbird
  150. Yellow Oriole
  151. Yellow-rumped Cacique
  152. Crested Oropendola

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