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The Following Reports are available from the Caribbean:
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Bahamas Including the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
Dominican Republic  
Lesser Antilles (this page) Including multi Island cruises, Anguilla, Antigua, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia.....etc
Puerto Rico  
Trinidad and Tobago  
Cayman Islands  

Caribbean cruises and Island Tours

Lesser Antilles: 10th February to 1st March 2011 a report in .pdf format (700kB) by Steve Webb

Caribbean Cruise (Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten) March 2009

  • I ended up seeing 83 species on a 7 day cruise.  Even with the hordes of people, I was able to find solitude and good birding off the beaten path on each the island...Russ Namitz reports.

Caribbean Cruise 5/04/09 -12/04/09

  • This report may be helpful to anyone going on Carribean cruise who is interested in seeing some birds on the way...Mark Graham reports

Eastern Caribbean Cruise 17-23 Dec. 2006

  • My wife and I plus 3 of my sons and one daughter-in-law went on our first cruise Sunday 23 Dec. from Miami with Norwegian Cruise Line. We really looked forward to visit Puerto Rico, Antigua, St.Thomas and Bahamas   My son, Erlen, and I birded every island. Jan Landsverk reports.

Lesser Antilles: St.Martin, St.Barthelemy, St.Christopher, Nevis, St.Eustatius March 15 - 25, 2004

  • I birded the above islands and surrounding waters while on a non-birding sailing trip. Time available, my focus was on species new to me and endemic to the area - during which I observed a considerable number of others as well...Ed Hall reports

The Lesser Antilles 5th - 18th Jan 2003

  • A birding trip to Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and Barbados, Neil Money searches for the Lesser Antillian endemics.

Caribbean trip report Lesser Antilles Nov 2002

  • From October 29 to November 14 I birded the Lesser Antilles. Warblers are my favorite birds, and a main objective was to see 4 species - Whistling, Plumbeous, Barbuda, and St. Lucia- as well as the other endemics. I'm pleased to say mission accomplished...David Klauber reports

Southern Caribbean cruise and Puerto Rico 18-26 February 2002

  • Cindy and I recently returned from a southern Caribbean cruise and four extra days in Puerto Rico.  The cruise originated in San Juan made stops at Aruba, Venezuela, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Thomas.  We birded at every location and made arrangements for guides or transportation on three stops.  Below is a brief description of our activities and a few of the highlights...Mark Lockwood reports.


Anguilla 15th Jan -11th Feb 2000

  • This report is the result of a one month trip to Anguilla in January and February 2000.  The purpose of the visit was to identify potential Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as part of BirdLife International’s Americas conservation programme and to produce the first country checklist for Anguilla, on behalf of the Anguilla National Trust.  This meant that I was in the field almost every day and so was able to visit most of the sites more than once.... Julian Hughes reports


Antigua 7th - 21st July 1997

  • A couple of Carib Grackles were feeding outside the airport as we waited for a taxi. Reeling from our first experience of Antiguan roads, we recorded 2 Magnificent Frigatebirds, 2 Broad-winged Hawks, 8 Cattle Egrets and a Great White Egret on the way to the hotel.....


Grenada 14-28 February 2008

  • For hardened birders there may not be much to excite but every list builder will have to come one day to tick Grenada Dove, currently the island’s only endemic. The near endemics are Hook-billed Kite, Grenada Flycatcher, Lesser Antillean Tanager and to be on the safe side the local races of House Wren and Lesser Antillean Bullfinch should be seen....Clive Viney reports.

Guadeloupe and Martinique

Green-throated Carib

Guadeloupe and Martinique 16-30 March 2006

  • Our main objective was to have a nice pleasant holiday, for me also on the agenda was to see the island endemics plus some photographing. We had a very pleasant holiday with most birds seen after some effort...Jan van der Laan reports..


Montserrat July 2005

  • Made a two week trip to Montserrat for two weeks in July, with and additional day spent in Antigua as access to Montserrat was only by ferry from the latter. The trip was not for birding but for University research purposes - however there was enough time to fit in some birding around it...Chris Hill reports

St. Lucia

St Lucia, October 23rd to November 6th 2005

  • My birdwatching took place generally from 06:00 (which was dawn) to about 08:15 each morning and occassionally in the late afternoon. The area I covered was the half mile between the Halcyon Beach and the St James Club Hotel....Chris Grimshaw reports

St Lucia & St Vincent, June 2005

  • From a birding point of view St Lucia is a relatively easy island to work being 28 miles long & 14 miles wide and is probably the most important of the Lesser Antilles as it holds either 5 or 6 single island endemics...Mike Powell reports

Bird Watching in Saint Lucia, West Indies. 2002

  • At our final over look we were treated to our “Holy Grail” at last, three St. Lucia Parrots what a treat!  Leo exclaimed that we were indeed lucky to see Jacquot. As most of the island locals go their whole lives with out seeing one.... Along the way we heard many more Parrots in the Mahogany trees.   We arrived at the parking lot and were given views of two new birds Brown Trembler, and the very endangered St. Lucia Black Finch....Christopher Starling reports.

St.Lucia March 23-26th 2001

  • Our first lifer for the island was seen around the airport, and this was Carib Grackle. En route to the hotel we stopped briefly along the road when we saw a raptor fly over. It was a Broad-winged Hawk. Nearby, we added the St. Lucia subspecies of Bananaquit, and Adelaide’s Warbler, a potential split from the one that occurs on Puerto Rico. We had a little look around near the hotel, adding Streaked Saltator, Tropical Mockingbird and Scaly-breasted Thrasher......Alex Kirschel reports




Helm Identification Guides: Birds of the West Indies

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Some Useful bird books for the Caribbean :
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Birds of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire (Helm Field Guide) [Paperback]
Bart De Boer et al: Buy from or

  • The Netherlands Antilles comprises three main islands off the coast of northern Venezuela. These are Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. The colour plates are based on the bestselling Birds of Northern South America, but many new images have been painted specially for this book. The authoritative text highlights the key features needed to identify each species in the field, and the plates illustrate every distinct plumage and race. This will be the first ever comprehensive field guide dedicated to the birds of the region.

Helm Identification Guides: Birds of the West Indies
Herbert Raffaele: Buy from or

  • This identification guide covers all the birds known to occur in the West Indies, a total of 563 species. Species texts cover all aspects of identification and include the full range of local names for the bird. Accompanying each speices text is a distribution map showing the bird's range within the West Indies. Every species is illustrated in the 86 colour plates, and many island "forms" (where relevant) are also depicted. The "locality checklist" included provides an at-a-glance, island-by-island guide to the distribution and status of all species. This is the BEST book available for the West Indies

Where to Watch Birds in Central America & the Caribbean
Nigel Wheatley, David Brewer: Buy from or

  • This guide covers the best birding sites in Central America and the Caribbean. In a format familiar to readers of this very popular series, each site is considered in terms of 'Habitat', 'Timing', 'Access' and 'Calendar', allowing birders to plan excursions to maximise the chances of getting the best out of each site and each region. The book includes detailed maps of the larger sites, plus general maps of the regions covered, and it is illustrated with line drawings.

A guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago
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  • This guide by Richard Ffrench is the only comprehensive guide available to the bird life on the sister islands. It is well written, easy to understand and has a good collection of colour plates. The book is essential for any serious birder and for any nature lover wishing to identify some of the hundreds of species of birds you are sure to see on Trinidad and Tobago. If you are looking for a less comprehensive, light weight guide try Ffrench's "Birds of Trinidad and Tobago".

Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
Gary Stiles: Buy from or

  • This is a superior field guide to a country with one of the richest assortments of bird life anywhere. Written and illustrated by top experts, this book has it all: 52 excellent color plates, detailed species accounts, brief write-ups of 70 birding localities

Travel Guides:

Cuba: a Travel Survival Kit
David Stanley: Buy from or

  • If you are heading to Cuba for the first time then this book is indespensible. The latest edition (July 2000) has excellent up-to-date information to help you through the Cuban experience. There is a lot to understand about Cuba's rich mix of cultural diversity and turbulent history. This book acts as the perfect guide from the places to see through to the do's and don'ts.

Antigua: Mini Rough Guide
Adam Vaitilingam: Buy from or

  • A pocket handbook to the island, featuring: lively accounts of every sight; reviews of the best accommodation, restaurants, clubs and resorts; and practical tips on activities. The guide also includes full coverage of Barbuda

Insight Guide: Jamaica
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  • This full-colour guide aims to offer the visitor all they need to know about Jamaica. The text is in easy-to-digest captions, and pictorial features add a visual element to the details of key places of interest and the boxed text of background information and tips.

Trinidad and Tobago: the Rough Guide
Dominic De-Light: Buy from or

  • A handbook to the diverse Caribbean nation that comprises the small island of Tobago and its more rural and much larger neighbour, Trinidad. Features include: critical listings of the best places to stay and eat; practical tips on how to explore; and coverage of the islands' cultural life

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