Caribbean cruises and Island Tours
Lesser Antilles: a report in .pdf format (700kB) by Steve Webb
Caribbean Cruise (Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten)
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.....
- 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
- 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
van der Laan reports..
- 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
- 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
St Lucia & St
- 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.
- 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.
- 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