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Trinidad & Tobago
November 10–19, 2009

Leader: Bill Murphy

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November 10     Arrival
November 11Trinidad: Grounds of the Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC)  
November 12Trinidad: Aripo Livestock Station, Nariva Swamp, Waller Field 
November 13Trinidad: Northern Range  
November 14Trinidad: Southwest and West Coast 
November 15Trinidad: Grounds of the AWNC, Caroni Swamp 
November 16Tobago: Tobago South 
November 17Tobago: Grounds of Cuffie River Nature Retreat 
November 18Tobago: Main Ridge, Little Tobago Island 
November 19Departure 

Tour Participants

      Jay Abercrombie, Suffield, Ohio
      Joan Cwi & John Fleishman, Baltimore, Maryland
      Ed & Deb Harriman, Hartfield, Virginia
      Pete & Patricia Petersen, Hendersonville, North Carolina
      Debbi Snook, Euclid, Ohio
      Jerry & Terry Williams, Portola, California

During the tour we found a grand total of 210 species of birds, including 12 heard-only's, with extraordinarily good views of many, and with sightings of at least six species of birds unusual enough to merit submission of details to the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committee. I would like to thank all of the participants – Deb, Debbi, Ed, Jay, Jerry, Joan, John, Pat, Pete, and Terry – for helping make this a very productive and enjoyable tour. As always I extend special thanks to Martyn Kenefick, author of the field guide we are all using now, for all of the time, energy, and thoughtfulness he put into making this a truly memorable birding adventure, and to Ivan La Rose, our excellent driver and lecturer.

Our November 2009 Trinidad & Tobago tour group: Deb Harriman, Jerry Williams, Terry Williams, Jay Abercrombie, Debbi Snook, Bill Murphy, Joan Cwi, Ed Harriman, and John Fleishman.

Tuesday, November 10

As is traditional on the opening day of a T&T tour, participants migrated south from their respective homes in North America to Piarco International Airport (POS) in north-central Trinidad. As we arrived, our drivers, Ivan and Keon, ferried us through the town of Arima and 12 miles up the Arima Valley into the coolness of the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC). Our last contingent arrived at about 1 a.m. Asa Wright would be our base of operations for the next five days.

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