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Annotated Bird List, Trinidad

November 11 - 18, 1989
Leader: Bill Murphy


  TINAMOU
     Little Tinamou (heard almost daily, never seen)
  GREBES
     Least Grebe (both sewage lagoons)
     Pied-billed Grebe (Arena Reservoir)
  PELICAN
     Brown Pelican (Blanchisseuse beach)
  CORMORANT
     Olivaceous Cormorant (Wild Fowl Trust)
  ANHINGA
     Anhinga (Arena Reservoir)
  FRIGATEBIRD
     Magnificent Frigatebird
  BITTERNS & HERONS
     Little Egret
     Great Egret
     Snowy Egret
     Little Blue Heron
     Tricolored Heron
     Cattle Egret
     Green-backed Heron (called "Striated Heron" down there)
     Black-crowned Night-Heron (Caroni Swamp)
     Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Caroni Swamp)
     Boat-billed Heron (in Winston's powerful flashlight)
  IBISES
     Scarlet Ibis (largest numbers I've ever seen)
     Glossy Ibis (4 of them--very rare in Trinidad)
  DUCKS & GEESE
     Fulvous Whistling-Duck
     White-faced Whistling-Duck (3, seen at Sewage Lagoons)
     Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  NEW WORLD VULTURES
     Black Vulture
     Turkey Vulture
  OSPREY, HAWKS, & EAGLES
     Osprey
     Gray-headed Kite
     White Hawk (pair circling PAX Guest House, perched bird along Blanchisseuse Rd.)
     Common Black-Hawk (superb view at Sewage Lagoon)
     Savanna Hawk
     Gray Hawk (perched near Cumuto Police Station and near Wallerfield)
     Short-tailed Hawk (at PAX Guest House)
  CARACARAS & FALCONS
     Yellow-headed Caracara
     Merlin
     Bat Falcon ("can't get better" views in Heights of Aripo)
     Peregrine Falcon
  CRAKES, RAILS, GALLINULES, & COOT
     Clapper Rail (heard, Caroni Swamp)
     Gray-necked Wood-Rail (brief view in flooded field)
     Purple Gallinule
     Common Moorhen
  LAPWING & PLOVERS
     Southern Lapwing
     Black-bellied Plover
     Lesser Golden-Plover
     Semipalmated Plover (along Gulf of Paria, Port Lisas industrial complex)
  STILT
     Black-necked Stilt (several hundred at Sewage Lagoons)
  JACANA
     Wattled Jacana
  SANDPIPERS & RELATIVES
     Greater Yellowlegs
     Lesser Yellowlegs
     Willet
     Spotted Sandpiper
     Whimbrel (Sewage Lagoons)
     Hudsonian Godwit (rare in Trinidad)
     Ruddy Turnstone
     Red Knot
     Semipalmated Sandpiper
     Western Sandpiper
     White-rumped Sandpiper
     Baird's Sandpiper
     Pectoral Sandpiper
     Stilt Sandpiper
     Short-billed Dowitcher
  JAEGERS, GULLS, & TERNS
     Laughing Gull
     Royal Tern
     Yellow-billed Tern (along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway)
     Large-billed Tern (along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway)
     Black Skimmer (along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway)
  DOVES & PIGEONS
     Rock Dove
     Scaled Pigeon (several places in the heights)
     Eared Dove (Caroni Swamp)
     Common Ground-Dove (barns at Agricultural Research Center)
     Ruddy Ground-Dove
     White-tipped Dove
  MACAWS, PARROTLETS, & PARROTS
     Green-rumped Parrotlet
     Lilac-tailed Parrotlet
     Blue-headed Parrot (Heights of Aripo)
     Orange-winged Parrot (everywhere!)
  CUCKOOS & ANIS
     Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Sewage Lagoons)
     Squirrel Cuckoo (Wallerfield)
     Striped Cuckoo (heard)
     Smooth-billed Ani
  OWLS
     Tropical Screech-Owl
     Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (in front of Jogie's house)
  GOATSUCKERS
     Lesser Nighthawk (Caroni Swamp)
     Common Pauraque (on runway at Wallerfield after dark)
  POTOO
     Common Potoo (Caroni Swamp)
  OILBIRD
     Oilbird (Asa Wright)
  SWIFTS
     White-collared Swift (single birds, several times in the heights)
     Short-tailed Swift
     Fork-tailed Palm-Swift (Wallerfield, Cumuto village)
  HUMMINGBIRDS
     Rufous-breasted Hermit
     Green Hermit
     Little Hermit
     Green-throated Mango (mangroves at Sewage Lagoons)
     Black-throated Mango
     Tufted Coquette
     Blue-chinned Sapphire
     Blue-tailed Emerald
     White-chested Emerald
     Copper-rumped Hummingbird (everywhere)
     Long-billed Starthroat (daily at PAX Guest House)
  TROGONS
     White-tailed Trogon
     Violaceous Trogon
     Collared Trogon
  MOTMOT
     Blue-crowned Motmot
  KINGFISHERS
     Belted Kingfisher (high fly-by over Caroni Swamp)
     Green Kingfisher (Arena Reservoir)
  JACAMAR
     Rufous-tailed Jacamar (male and female near Morne-la-Croix village)
  TOUCAN
     Channel-billed Toucan (several in tree near Morne-la-Croix village)
  WOODPECKERS
     Golden-olive Woodpecker
     Lineated Woodpecker
  SPINETAILS & RELATIVES
     Pale-breasted Spinetail
     Yellow-throated Spinetail
     Streaked Xenops
  WOODCREEPERS
     Plain-brown Woodcreeper
     Buff-throated Woodcreeper
  ANTBIRDS
     Black-crested Antshrike
     Barred Antshrike
     Plain Antvireo
     White-bellied Antbird (heard, Wallerfield)
     Black-faced Antthrush (Asa Wright)
  TYRANT-FLYCATCHERS
     Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
     Forest Elaenia
     Yellow-bellied Elaenia (everywhere)
     Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
     Slaty-capped Flycatcher
     Yellow-breasted Flycatcher (several times)
     Bran-colored Flycatcher
     Olive-sided Flycatcher (along Blanchisseuse Road)
     Tropical Pewee
     Euler's Flycatcher
     Pied Water-Tyrant (or "tidewater tyrant" as some call it)
     White-headed Marsh-Tyrant
     Bright-rumped Attila
     Great Kiskadee (anybody miss this one?)
     Boat-billed Flycatcher
     Streaked Flycatcher
     Tropical Kingbird (everywhere)
  COTINGAS
     Black-tailed Tityra (several birds, none in view for long)
     Bearded Bellbird (had to work for that one; Height of Aripo)
  MANAKINS
     White-bearded Manakin
     Golden-headed Manakin
  SWALLOWS
     Gray-breasted Martin
     White-winged Swallow
     Southern Rough-winged Swallow
     Barn Swallow
  WRENS
     Rufous-breasted Wren
     House Wren
  GNATWREN & THRUSHES
     Long-billed Gnatwren
     Cocoa Thrush
     Bare-eyed Thrush
  MOCKINGBIRD
     Tropical Mockingbird
  VIREOS & RELATIVES
     Golden-fronted Greenlet
     Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  WOOD WARBLERS
     Tropical Parula (Blanchisseuse Road)
     Yellow Warbler (everywhere)
     American Redstart
     Northern Waterthrush (the most common warbler species)
     Masked Yellowthroat (twice; along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, in Wallerfield)
     Golden-crowned Warbler
  HONEYCREEPERS & TANAGERS
     Bananaquit (the House Sparrow of the Tropics)
     Bicolored Conebill (Caroni Swamp)
     Speckled Tanager (at the crest of the Andes on Blanchisseuse Road)
     Turquoise Tanager
     Bay-headed Tanager
     Blue Dacnis
     Green Honeycreeper
     Purple Honeycreeper
     Trinidad Euphonia (cause for the demise of Sam's camera)
     Violaceous Euphonia (or "violated euphoria" as some call it)
     Blue-gray Tanager (everywhere)
     Palm Tanager (everywhere)
     Silver-beaked Tanager (common, but wonderful each time)
     White-shouldered Tanager (seen more frequently on this trip than ever before)
     White-lined Tanager
  GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS
     Grayish Saltator
     Red-capped Cardinal (only the second sighting for our tours)
     Blue-black Grassquit
     Saffron Finch (Wild Fowl Trust)
  BLACKBIRDS
     Red-breasted Blackbird
     Yellow-hooded Blackbird
     Carib Grackle
     Shiny Cowbird (Wild Fowl Trust; had to search for this one)
     Giant Cowbird
     Yellow Oriole
     Yellow-rumped Cacique (Police Station at Cumuto Village)
     Crested Oropendola

  Total Number of Species: 184