Trinidad Birding Trinidad Birding Trinidad Birding


Trinidad & Tobago

August 9 - 19, 1992
Leader: Bill Murphy


Itinerary:
Aug. 10 -- Asa Wright Nature Center/Oilbird Cave
Aug. 11 -- Blanchisseuse Road
Aug. 12 -- Lalaja Rd./Trincity Ponds/Caroni Swamp
Aug. 13 -- (Free day) AWNC and Port-of-Spain lagoons
Aug. 14 -- Aripo Savannah, Arena Dam
Aug. 15 -- Agric. Research Center, Nariva Swamp
Aug. 16 -- Tobago: Airport, Buccoo, Arnos Vale
Aug. 17 -- Little Tobago Island
Aug. 18 -- Gilpin Trace, Tobago Highlands

  TINAMOU
     Little Tinamou
  GREBES
     Least Grebe
  TROPICBIRD
     Red-billed Tropicbird
  BOOBIES
     Brown Booby
     Red-footed Booby
  PELICAN
     Brown Pelican
  CORMORANT
     Neotropic Cormorant
  ANHINGA
     Anhinga
  FRIGATEBIRD
     Magnificent Frigatebird
  BITTERNS & HERONS
     Pinnated Bittern
     Great Egret
     Snowy Egret
     Little Blue Heron
     Tricolored Heron
     Cattle Egret
     Green-backed Heron (including "Striated")
     Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
     Boat-billed Heron
  IBISES
     Scarlet Ibis
  DUCKS & GEESE
     Fulvous Whistling-Duck
     Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
     White-cheeked Pintail
  NEW WORLD VULTURES
     Black Vulture
     Turkey Vulture
  OSPREY, HAWKS, & EAGLES
     Osprey
     Gray-headed Kite
     American Swallow-tailed Kite
     Double-toothed Kite
     Plumbeous Kite
     Long-winged Harrier
     White Hawk
     Common Black-Hawk
     Savanna Hawk
     Gray Hawk
     Broad-winged Hawk
     Zone-tailed Hawk
  CARACARAS & FALCONS
     Yellow-headed Caracara
     Bat Falcon
  CHACHALACA & GUAN
     Rufous-vented Chachalaca
  CRAKES, RAILS, GALLINULES, & COOT
     Gray-necked Wood-Rail
     Purple Gallinule
     Common Moorhen
  LAPWING & PLOVERS
     Southern Lapwing
     Collared Plover
     Semipalmated Plover
     Killdeer
  STILT
     Black-necked Stilt
  JACANA
     Wattled Jacana
  SANDPIPERS & RELATIVES
     Greater Yellowlegs
     Lesser Yellowlegs
     Solitary Sandpiper
     Willet
     Spotted Sandpiper
     Whimbrel
     Semipalmated Sandpiper
     Western Sandpiper
     Least Sandpiper
     Pectoral Sandpiper
     Stilt Sandpiper
     Short-billed Dowitcher
  JAEGERS, GULLS, & TERNS
     Laughing Gull
     Common Black-headed Gull
     Gull-billed Tern
     Royal Tern
     Sandwich Tern
     Roseate Tern
     Common Tern
     Yellow-billed Tern
     Bridled Tern
     Sooty Tern
     Large-billed Tern
     Brown Noddy
     Black Skimmer
  DOVES & PIGEONS
     Rock Dove
     Pale-vented Pigeon
     Scaled Pigeon
     Eared Dove
     Common Ground-Dove
     Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
     Ruddy Ground-Dove
     White-tipped Dove
     Gray-fronted Dove
  MACAWS, PARROTLETS, & PARROTS
     Red-bellied Macaw
     Green-rumped Parrotlet
     Lilac-tailed Parrotlet
     Blue-headed Parrot
     Orange-winged Parrot
  CUCKOOS & ANIS
     Squirrel Cuckoo
     Striped Cuckoo
     Greater Ani
     Smooth-billed Ani
  BARN-OWL
     Common Barn-Owl
  OWLS
     Tropical Screech-Owl
     Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  GOATSUCKERS
     Semicollared Nighthawk
  POTOO
     Common Potoo
  OILBIRD
     Oilbird
  SWIFTS
     Chestnut-collared Swift
     White-collared Swift
     Short-tailed Swift
     Band-rumped Swift
     Gray-rumped Swift
     Fork-tailed Palm-Swift
  HUMMINGBIRDS
     Rufous-breasted Hermit
     Green Hermit
     Little Hermit
     White-necked Jacobin
     Black-throated Mango
     Tufted Coquette
     Blue-chinned Sapphire
     White-chested Emerald
     Copper-rumped Hummingbird
     Long-billed Starthroat
  TROGONS
     White-tailed Trogon
     Violaceous Trogon
     Collared Trogon
  MOTMOT
     Blue-crowned Motmot
  KINGFISHERS
     Green Kingfisher
  JACAMAR
     Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  TOUCAN
     Channel-billed Toucan
  WOODPECKERS
     Red-crowned Woodpecker
     Red-rumped Woodpecker
     Golden-olive Woodpecker
     Chestnut Woodpecker
     Lineated Woodpecker
  SPINETAILS & RELATIVES
     Pale-breasted Spinetail
     Stripe-breasted Spinetail
     Yellow-throated Spinetail
     Streaked Xenops
  WOODCREEPERS
     Plain-brown Woodcreeper
     Buff-throated Woodcreeper
     Streaked-headed Woodcreeper
  ANTBIRDS
     Great Antshrike
     Black-crested Antshrike
     Barred Antshrike
     Plain Antvireo
     White-fringed Antwren
     Silvered Antbird
     White-bellied Antbird
     Black-faced Antthrush
  TYRANT-FLYCATCHERS
     Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
     Forest Elaenia
     Yellow-bellied Elaenia
     Olive-striped Flycatcher
     Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
     Slaty-capped Flycatcher
     Yellow-breasted Flycatcher
     Tropical Pewee
     Euler's Flycatcher
     Fuscous Flycatcher
     Pied Water-Tyrant
     White-headed Marsh-Tyrant
     Brown-crested Flycatcher
     Great Kiskadee
     Boat-billed Flycatcher
     Streaked Flycatcher
     Piratic Flycatcher
     Tropical Kingbird
     Gray Kingbird
     Fork-tailed Flycatcher
  COTINGAS
     Black-tailed Tityra
     Bearded Bellbird
  MANAKINS
     White-bearded Manakin
     Blue-backed Manakin
     Golden-headed Manakin
  SWALLOWS
     Caribbean Martin
     Gray-breasted Martin
     White-winged Swallow
     Southern Rough-winged Swallow
     Barn Swallow
  WRENS
     Rufous-breasted Wren
     House Wren
  GNATWREN & THRUSHES
     Long-billed Gnatwren
     Yellow-legged Thrush
     Cocoa Thrush
     Bare-eyed Thrush
     White-necked Thrush
  MOCKINGBIRD
     Tropical Mockingbird
  VIREOS & RELATIVES
     Chivi Vireo
     Black-whiskered Vireo
     Scrub Greenlet
     Golden-fronted Greenlet
     Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  WOOD WARBLERS
     Tropical Parula
     Golden-crowned Warbler
  HONEYCREEPERS & TANAGERS
     Bananaquit
     Bicolored Conebill
     Speckled Tanager
     Turquoise Tanager
     Bay-headed Tanager
     Blue Dacnis
     Green Honeycreeper
     Purple Honeycreeper
     Red-legged Honeycreeper
     Violaceous Euphonia
     Blue-gray Tanager
     Palm Tanager
     Silver-beaked Tanager
     White-shouldered Tanager
     White-lined Tanager
     Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
  GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS
     Grayish Saltator
     Red-capped Cardinal
     Blue-black Grassquit
     Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
     Black-faced Grassquit
  BLACKBIRDS
     Red-breasted Blackbird
     Yellow-hooded Blackbird
     Carib Grackle
     Shiny Cowbird
     Giant Cowbird
     Moriche Oriole
     Yellow Oriole
     Yellow-rumped Cacique
     Crested Oropendola
  ACCIDENTALS:
     Cayenne Tern
     Yellow-crowned Parrot
     White-tailed Sabrewing

Total Number of Species = 218

How that compares with previous trips:

August 1992      218     
March 1992      200     
February 1991      180     
September 1990      215     
March 1990      182     
November 1989      184     
February 1988      189     
September 1987      205     

Bird Species of Particular Note: Other Wildlife Observations of Note: Agoutis, squirrels, speckled caiman, fer-de-lance (along the Oilbird Trail), bats, Anableps (four-eyed fish), Bufo marina (giant marine toad), Hyla maxima (huge tree frog), tiny black cricket frogs, Tegu, Amaiva, and Iguana lizards, geckos, and chocolate-colored "manicou" and several other kinds of land crabs. Also zebu cattle and water buffalo. Remember our native friends Jogie "Speedball" Ramlal, Adolphus James, Vishnu Debie, Winston Nanan, and David "Scintillating Blue Laser Light" Rooks. And don't forget the food -- spicy dishes of chicken and beef, breadfruit casserole, whipped eggplant, okra, callaloo soup, curried dishes of all sorts, Carib and Stag beer, and rum punch made with Vat 19 and Old Oak rum.