Puerto Rico Birding Highlights.

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Puerto Rico Birding Highlights.

Post by ksuglennj » January 20th, 2011, 2:23 pm

A few months ago I mentioned to a birder buddy of mine that I wanted to take a tropical winter escape. I've now done this three years in a row and I'm addicted. Money be damned. I mentioned Trinidad and then he tossed out the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. I had already been to Puerto Rico, so I was pushing a little for the others. With that said I loved PR when I was there. He convinced me to return and he guaranteed me some of the bird species I failed to get two years ago (namely the elfin woods warbler). PR has most of the latin charm but with the enough US influence to make it easy to get around. So I doubt this will be my last trip. I did not get many herps, but will make a post on the main page none the less. I will also put a few scenery pics in that post. So on to the birds. We started on the NE/E coast and rainforest, then around to the SW and then back to San Juan.

PR tody
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PR lizard cuckoo
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Loggerhead kingbird
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PR Oriole
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PR tanager
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Red-legged Thrush
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Zenaida Dove
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Green-throated carib
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Caribbean coot
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Glossy ibis
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Yellow-rumped warber with some tail missing
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Antillean grackle
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Antillean crested hummingbird
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Pearly-eyed thrasher
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Mangrove cuckoo
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Bananaquit
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PR flycatcher
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Scaly-naped pigeon
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Plain pigeon
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PR woodpecker
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Magnificent frigatebird
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Black-bellied plover
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Greater yellowlegs
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Willet and black-necked stilt
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Key West quail dove
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Adelaide's warbler
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Royal terns, brown pelican and a sandwich tern
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Gray kingbird
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Pin-tailed whydah
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Common ground dove
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Green mango
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PR vireo
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PR bullfinch
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Black-throated blue warbler
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PR spindalis
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Kestrel
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One of my favorites of the trip. Saw a good number of this endangered bird, Yellow-shouldered Blackbird
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Whimbrel
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Caribbean Elaenia
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West Indian whistling ducks
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Eurasian collared dove
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Tricolored heron
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Smooth-billed ani
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Antillean mango
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Strange bird :D
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Brown booby
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White-cheeked pintail
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Nutmeg mannikin
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PR pewee
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Below is a complete list of birds that were seen. Yes I did see the elfin woods warbler but no pics :?

Glenn

Species list that was compiled by my buddy. I did not see the sharpy, night heron and merlin.

DUCKS, GEESE, AND WATERFOWL
West Indian Whistling-Duck*
Blue-winged Teal
White-cheeked Pintail*
Ring-necked Duck Ruddy Duck
GREBES
Pied-billed Grebe
FRIGATEBIRDS
Magnificent Frigatebird
BOOBIES AND GANNETS Brown Booby
PELICANS
Brown Pelican
HERONS, EGRETS, AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron Tricolored Heron Cattle Egret Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
IBISES AND SPOONBILLS Glossy Ibis
NEW WORLD VULTURES
Turkey Vulture
OSPREY
Osprey
HAWKS, EAGLES, AND KITES
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
FALCONS AND CARACARAS American Kestrel Merlin
RAILS, GALLINULES, AND COOTS
Purple Gallinule Common Moorhen Caribbean Coot*
PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
STILTS AND AVOCETS
Black-necked Stilt
SANDPIPERS AND ALLIES
Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
GULLS, TERNS, AND SKIMMERS
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Pigeon
Scaly-naped Pigeon*
Plain Pigeon*
Eurasian Collared-Dove White-winged Dove
Zenaida Dove*
Common Ground-Dove
Key West Quail-Dove*
CUCKOOS
Mangrove Cuckoo
Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo*
Smooth-billed Ani
OWLS
Puerto Rican Screech-Owl*
NIGHTJARS AND ALLIES
Puerto Rican Nightjar*
HUMMINGBIRDS Antillean Mango* Green Mango*
Green-throated Carib*
Puerto Rican Emerald*
Antillean Crested Hummingbird*
TODIES
Puerto Rican Tody*
KINGFISHERS
Belted Kingfisher
WOODPECKERS
Puerto Rican Woodpecker*
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Caribbean Elaenia* Lesser Antillean Pewee*
Puerto Rican Flycatcher*
Gray Kingbird Loggerhead Kingbird*
VIREOS
White-eyed Vireo
Puerto Rican Vireo*
SWALLOWS Barn Swallow Cave Swallow
THRUSHES AND ALLIES
Red-legged Thrush*
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Northern Mockingbird
Pearly-eyed Thrasher*
NEW WORLD WARBLERS Black-throated Blue Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Adelaide's Warbler*
Elfin-woods Warbler*
BANANAQUIT
Bananaquit
TANAGERS AND ALLIES
Puerto Rican Tanager*
Puerto Rican Spindalis*
BUNTINGS, SPARROWS AND ALLIES
Yellow-faced Grassquit Black-faced Grassquit* Puerto Rican Bullfinch*
CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Blue Grosbeak Indigo Bunting TROUPIALS AND
ALLIES
Yellow-shouldered Blackbird* Greater Antillean Grackle* Puerto Rican Oriole* Venezuelan Troupial*
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow
WEAVERS AND ALLIES
Orange Bishop*
WAXBILLS AND ALLIES
Orange-cheeked Waxbill* Bronze Mannikin*
Nutmeg Mannikin*
INDIGOBIRDS
Pin-tailed Whydah*
--------- STATISTICS ---------
Species seen - 92
Lifers (*) – 39
Printed January 19, 2011 ~ Robert H. Doster

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Re: Puerto Rico Birding Highlights.

Post by J-Miz » January 20th, 2011, 5:55 pm

Wow...awesome job! Can't believe you got great shots of so many cool PR birds. I really like that Key West Quail-Dove and the Adelaide's Warbler. I have a chance to hit PR in early April for my brother's best friend's wedding, but I'll almost certainly stay home.

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Re: Puerto Rico Birding Highlights.

Post by mikez » January 23rd, 2011, 5:38 pm

Wow! Nice work!
Not only a whole bunch of stuff i'll never see, but nice photography as well.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » January 23rd, 2011, 8:24 pm

Very nice!!! I like that "Made in China" bird....

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Re: Puerto Rico Birding Highlights.

Post by pete » January 24th, 2011, 7:58 am

A wonderful mix of migrants and natives! Nice pics as well :thumb:

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Post by Tim Borski » January 24th, 2011, 8:04 am

J-Miz wrote:Wow...awesome job! Can't believe you got great shots of so many cool PR birds. I really like that Key West Quail-Dove and the Adelaide's Warbler. I have a chance to hit PR in early April for my brother's best friend's wedding, but I'll almost certainly stay home.
Ditto on the KW Quail Dove and Adelaide's! Great job!

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Post by chrisr » November 19th, 2012, 6:37 am

Hi, did you take your photos down? Nothing is showing up for me.

I am planning a mid-winter or spring trip to Puerto Rico and looking for herping/birding suggestions if you have any.

thanks,
c

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Post by ksuglennj » November 28th, 2012, 7:44 pm

To be honest, I'm not 100% sure how I hosted those pics. I think via Facebook. I'm sure during an update they fried the links. I hate FB even more now.

I'd be more than happy to answer any particular questions you have. I've not been overly successful herping but birding was been great. I had a birding buddy that planned this trip but this was the second trip I've made. Love the island. The El Yunque is a must. I've not been on this forum and even less so this sub forum lately. Feel free to email me, [email protected]. I'll do my best to answer your questions.

Glenn

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Post by ksuglennj » November 29th, 2012, 10:53 am

I fixed the first two photos. It was facebook and they redid the file format. I hate facebook. If I find the time, I may redo the post but I doubt it.

Glenn

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Post by chrish » November 29th, 2012, 11:40 am

Well the Tody and the Lizard Cuckoo are really cool.....now I want to see the rest. :(

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Post by ksuglennj » November 29th, 2012, 7:19 pm

Let's try this route. This is a link to the FB albums:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... d73d3ef9a9
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... d0c4eaa2b3

I've got them listed as public, so I hope you can see. If not let me know and I will look into migrating them somehow to my flikr or photobucket account.

Glenn

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Post by chrisr » November 30th, 2012, 12:29 pm

Thanks so much Glenn! Just checked em out on facebook and you have me psyched to go birding down there. I have done some research since my query to you and I think I know a good itinerary for PR. Gonna spend as much time as possible in El Yunque. Also looking forward to snorkeling in Fajardo. I was going to try to go to Culebra or Vieques but it sounds like ferry can be bad news and don't want to pay for a little plane.

- C

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Post by ksuglennj » November 30th, 2012, 7:59 pm

I've actually made two trips. The first time I just wanted to get away over Christmas to some place warm. I Didn't have my passport, so PR was the best option for the cost. I had no plan. So I got a room at the Ceiba Country Inn and that was home base the entire time. So I did limit myself mostly to the NE part of the island. I did make it around to the SE corner on a rainy day. This last trip my buddy made the plans and we stayed in Ceiba again, Guanica and San Juan.

I did make it out on Culebra the first time. Saw a few good birds and Flamenco Beach was beyond beautiful. The foot ferry was no problem, just long. I got a cab driver to take me over to the beach and only got about 2 hours. I regret not taking more time or even spending a night.

After seeing about 2/3 of the island now, the NE is still my favorite. I love the place. Even with my ticket already bought for Australia this Christmas, you're making me think I should be going to PR. Good luck and enjoy.

Album from first trip: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 81c0d685f7

Glenn

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Post by chrish » December 2nd, 2012, 3:37 am

Great series. Finally went through them on the FB album.

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Post by chrisr » December 4th, 2012, 9:00 am

Nice shots from first trip! Blue Ameiva is very cool.

A friend of a friend said they hit choppy sea on the ferry to Culebra and everyone was tossing their tacos. I have also heard some stories on the web about people waiting in line for over an hour and then being told the ferry was full. Those scenarios are scaring me away from the smaller islands.

Thanks again for the info and photos,

C

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Post by chrisr » December 4th, 2012, 9:13 am

Nice shots from first trip! Blue Ameiva is very cool.

A friend of a friend said they hit choppy sea on the ferry to Culebra and everyone was tossing their tacos. I have also heard some stories on the web about people waiting in line for over an hour and then being told the ferry was full. Those scenarios are scaring me away from the smaller islands.

Thanks again for the info and photos,

C

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