Leaders: Jan Hansen, Jogie Ramlal and Adolphus James

Leaders: Jan Hansen, Jogie Ramlal and Adolphus James


NOVEMBER 8-18, 2001


Leaders: Jan Hansen, Jogie Ramlal and Adolphus James


AWNC = Asa Wright Nature Center; Tr = Trinidad; To = Tobago; BR = Blanchisseuse Road;

WF = Waller Field; AS = Aripo Savannah; AF= Arena Forest, (*)=heard only; Boldface = uncommon or of special interest

*Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui; heard at AWNC

Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus; TR (6 at Trincity), To (1 at Bon Accord WTP)

Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus; To (40-50 on Little Tobago incl. one on nest within 3 feet)

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster; To (10-15 on Little Tobago)

Red-footed Booby Sula sula; To (one on nest in the scope on Little Tobago)

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis; Tr and To

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus; Tr (a few flying to roost in Caroni Swamp)

Anhinga Anhinga anhinga; Tr (2 in Caroni Swamp), To (4-6 at Bon Accord WTP)

Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnfiicens; Tr and To

Pinnated Bittern Botaurus pinnatus; Tr (one in Nariva Swamp)

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias; Tr (one distant flying bird in Caroni)

Great Egret Ardea alba; Tr (a few in Caroni), To (one at Bon Accord WTP)

Snowy Egret Egretta thula; Tr (fairly common at Caroni)

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea; Tr and To

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor; Tr (Caroni Swamp only), To (a few at Bucco Marsh)

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis; Tr and To (abundant on both islands)

Green Heron Butorides virescens; To (one at Bon Accord WTP)

Striated Heron Butorides striatus; Tr (a few at Nariva and Caroni)

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea; Tr (10-15 in Caroni), To (one near Blue Waters Inn)

Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus rubber; Tr (1000+ seen flying to roost in Caroni—a glorious sight)

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus; Tr (Ubiquitous—many found at WF by Chuck!)

Turkey Vulture Cathartesaura; Tr and To

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis; Tr (one in Caroni), To (a few at Bucco Marsh)

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors; To ( a few at Bon Accord WTP and Bucco Marsh)

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis; To (6-8 at Bon Accord WTP)

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis; To (one at Bon Accord WTP—very rare)

Osprey Pandion haliaetus; Tr and To

Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis; Tr (one soaring on BR—seen only by Joan and Mahase)

Pearl Kite Gampsonyx swainsonii; Tr (great scope studies near Nariva, another at AS)

Long-winged Harrier Circus buffoni; Tr (brief but spectacular view at Nariva)

White Hawk Leucopternis albicollis; Tr (several perched and soaring birds)

Gray Hawk Asturina nitida; Tr (fairly common)

Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus; Tr (seen most days)

Savannah Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis; Tr (many excellent looks at Nariva, WF and AS)

Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus; Tr and To

Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus; Tr (one on AS and another along BR)

Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus; Tr (one distant soaring bird along BR)

Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus; Tr (fantastic views of a bird at the nest at AWNC)

Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima; Tr (fairly common near Nariva, also at the airport and AS)

Merlin Falco columbarius; Tr and To

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus; Tr and To

Rufous-vented Chachalaca Ortalis ruficauda; To (common and noisy)

Purple Gallinule Porphyrula martinica; Tr (a few at Nariva and Trincity)

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropous; Tr and To

Limkin Aramus guarauna; Tr (one seen at Nariva)

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis; Tr and To (incuding several on runway at WF)

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus; Tr (a few near Caroni)

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus; Tr (10-15 near Caroni)

Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana; Tr and To

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca; Tr and To

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes; Tr and To

Willet Catoptrophorous semipalmatus; Tr (on at Caroni), To (one near Blue Waters Inn)

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia; Tr and To (the commonest sandpiper of the trip)

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres; To (25+ at the Blue Waters Inn—some on barstools!)

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri; Tr (15-20 roosting in Caroni)

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla; Tr (10-15 near Caroni)

Royal Tern Sterna maxima; To (30+ roosting on the pier in Scarborough Harbor)

Yellow-billed Tern Sterna supercilaris; Tr (2 at Trncity—excellent views)

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger; Tr (one roosting on mudflats near Caroni)

Pale-vented Pigeon Columba cayennensis; To (fairly common around the Blue Waters Inn)

Scaled Pigeon Columba speciosa; Tr (excellent scope views from verandah at AWNC, also along BR)

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata; To (a few near the feeders at Grafton Estate)

Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti; Tr and To (very common)

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi; Tr (heard at AWNC), To (fairly common)

Gray-fronted Dove Leptotila rufaxilla; Tr (several seen along the trails and at the feeders at AWNC)

Red-bellied Macaw Ara manilata; Tr (20-30 seen flying to roost at in moriche palms at WF)

Green-rumped Parrotlet Forpus passerinus; Tr (excellent studies near Nariva and at WF)

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet Touit batavica; Tr (seen almost daily from the verandah at AWNC)

Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus; Tr (several seen along BR)

Orange-winged Parrot Amazona amazonica; Tr and To (the common parrot of both islands)

Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani; Tr and To

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum; Tr (finally seen by all in the bamboo roost at AWNC)

Short-tailed Nighthawk Lurocalis semitorquatus; Tr (seen most evenings from the verandah at AWNC)

Common Pauraque Nyctidromusalbicollis; Tr (several during night trip to WF)

White-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus cayennensis; Tr (30-40 at WF), To (scope views at Bucco Marsh)

Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus; Tr (one in scope at WF—always a treat!)

Oilbird Steatornis caripensis; Tr (8-12 in Dunston Cave at AWNC)

Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura; Tr and To ( a few on both islands)

Band-rumped Swift Chaetura spinicauda; Tr ( a few over clearings at AWNC)

Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura chinereiventris; Tr and To (the commonest swift of the trip)

Fork-tailed Palm-Swift Tachornis squamata; Tr (fairly common at WF and AS)

Rufous-breasted Hermit Glaucis hirsute; Tr and To (fairly common on both islands)

Green Hermit Phaethornis guy; Tr (uncommon but eventually seen well by most from verandah and along

the trails at AWNC)

Little Hermit Phaethornis longuemareus; Tr (a few seen along the trails at AWNC)

White-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus ensipennis; To (excellent close range studies by all along Gilpin


White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora; Tr (one seen by a few from the verandah at AWNC-a very

brief visit)

Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis; Tr (one male seen by a few at AWNC)

Tufted Coquette Lophornis ornatus; Tr (daily at AWNC—the male especially splendid)

Blue-chinned Sapphire Chlorestes notatus; Tr (only a few around AWNC—not at the feeders)

Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus; Tr (excellent studies by most at AWNC—uncommon)

White-chested Emerald Amazilia chionopectus; Tr (very common at AWNC)

Copper-rumped Hummingbird Amazilia tobaci; Tr and To (very common throughout)

Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris; Tr (daily in bushes off verandah at AWNC)

White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis; Tr (one seen by all along BR)

Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceus; Tr (excellent scope studies from the verandah at AWNC)

Collared Trogon Trogon collaris; Tr and To (best views on the last day in the Tobago highlands)

Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota; Tr and To (common but always spectacular)

Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata; Tr (2 at Trincity)

Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle Americana; To (found by Don near the Blue Waters Inn)

Rufous-tailed Jacamar Galbula ruficauda; Tr and To (most common on Tobago—the favorite of many)

Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus; Tr (good scope studies from the verandah at AWNC)

Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus; To (several at Bucco Marsh and in the highlands)

Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus; Tr (several at AWNC and another along BR)

Chestnut Woodpecker Celeus elegans; Tr (this interesting picid was eventually seen by everyone along

The Discovery Trail at AWNC)

Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus; Tr (scope views of a pair on BR above Arima, also at AWNC)

Stripe-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis cinnamomea; Tr and To (best views on Gilpin Trace)

Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomea; Tr (seen well at Nariva and Trincity)

Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans; Tr (seen well at AWNC, also along BR)

Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa; Tr (several at AWNC an along BR)

Cocoa Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus susurrans; Tr and To (the most common woodcreeper)

Great Antshrike Taraba major; Tr (both males and females seen daily at the feeders at AWNC)

Black-crested Antshrike Sakesphorus canadensis; Tr (a pair seen near Nariva, another at WF)

Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus; Tr and To (common but another favorite)

Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis; Tr (several seen at AWNC), To (one along Gilpin Trace)

White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris; ; Tr (seen several times at AWNC)

White-fringed Antwren Formicvora grisea; To (Grafton Estate and near the Blue Waters Inn)

White-bellied Antbird Myrmeciza longipes; Tr (nice looks of a well hidden male at AF)

*Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis; Tr (heard several times at AWNC)

Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum; (seen along BR and at WF)

Forest Elaenia Myiopagis gaimardii; Tr (seen many times at AWNC and along BR)

Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster; Tr and To (common in open areas)

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleaginous; Tr and To

Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant Myiornis ecaudatus; Tr (unfortunately seen by only a few at AF)

Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens; Tr (seen several times along the trails at AWNC)

Yellow-breasted Flycatcher Tolmomyias flaviventris; Tr and To

White-throated Spadebill Platyrinchus mystaceus; To (excellent views of this difficult to see forest elfin

in the Tobago highlands—unfortunately not everyone was present)

Fuscous Flycatcher Cnemotriccus fuscatus; To (seen well along Gilpin Trace)

Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus; Tr (very fine views of this uncommon species at WF)

Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi; Tr (seen at AWNC and along BR)

Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus; Tr (quite common)

Euler’s Flycatcher Lathrotriccus euleri; Tr (one seen along the Discovery Trail at AWNC)

Pied Water-Tyrant Fluvicola pica; Tr (common in wet marshy habitat)

White-headed Marsh-Tyrant Arundinicola leucocephala; Tr (same as previous species)

*Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus; Tr (heard one morning along Discovery Trail at AWNC)

*Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer; Tr (heard at AWNC and along BR)

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus; Tr and To (most common on Tobago)

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus: Tr (noisy and conspicuous throughout the island)

Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitantua; Tr (a few at AWNC)

Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculates; Tr (scope views from the verandah at AWNC)

Sulphury Flycatcher Tyrannopsis sulphurea; Tr (scope studies of this peculiar tyrannid at WF)

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus; Tr and To (abundant)

Gray Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis; Tr and To ( a few on both islands)

Black-tailed Tityra Tityra cayana; Tr (2 at WF)

Bearded Bellbird Procnias averano; Tr (seen well by all on the first morning at AWNC)

White-bearded Manakin Manacus manacus; Tr (seen displaying on the lek at AWNC)

Blue-backed Manakin Chiroxiphia pareola; To (seen well by all along Gilpin Trace)

Golden-headed Manakin Pipra erythrocephala; Tr (seen well by all at AWNC and along BR)

Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus; To (a very surprising encounter at Bucco Marsh-seen and heard very well)

Scrub Greenlet Hylophilus flavipes; To (seen well at Bucco Marsh and on Little Tobago)

Golden-fronted Greenlet Hylophilus aurantiifrons; Tr (fairly common)

Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis; Tr (heard daily at AWNC, seen well several times)

Carribean Martin Progne dominicensis; To (one distant, disappointing view at Bucco Marsh)

Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea; Tr (several perched on snag were seen through scope above

Arima on BR)

White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer; Tr (a few on the raod to Nariva and at AS)

Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis; Tr (along BR and at AS)

Rufous-Breasted Wren Thryothorus rutilus; Tr and To ( heard more than seen but eventually everyone had

fine views)

House Wren Troglodytes aedon; Tr and To

*Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus; Tr (heard along the Discovery Trail at AWNC)

Yellow-legged Thrush Platycichla flavipes; Tr (several along BR), To (great views along Gilpin Trace)

Cocoa Thrush Turdus fumigatus; Tr (very common around AWNC)

Bare-eyed Robin Turdus nudigensis; Tr and To

White-necked Thrush Turdus albicollis; Tr and To (less common than previous 2 species but seen by all)

Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus; Tr and To

Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi; Tr (seen along BR and at AWNC)

Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia; Tr and To (uncommon)

Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata; Tr and To

Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca; Tr (1 along BR—very rare)

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla; Tr and To

Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea; Tr (1 from the boat at Caroni), To (1 at Bucco Marsh)

Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis; Tr and To (the most common migrant warbler)

Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus; Tr (seen well at AWNC and along BR)

Bananaquit Coereba flaveola; Tr and To (the most abundant bird of the trip—and Don’s favorite!)

Bicolored Conebill Conirostrum bicolor; Tr (seen at close range from the boat at Caroni)

White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus; Tr (a few seen on most days—uncommon)

White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus; Tr and To (very common at AWNC feeders)

Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica; Tr (several seen along trails at AWNC)

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra; Tr (1 seen along BR—an uncommon visitor)

Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo; Tr (very common at AWNC feeders)

Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus; Tr and To (abundant)

Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum; Tr and To (second in abundance only to the Bananaquit)

Violaceus Euphonia Euphonia violacea Tr and To (always a gem)

Turquoise Tanager Tangara mexicana; Tr (AWNC and along BR—many fine views)

Speckled Tanager Tangara guttata; Tr (nice views along BR)

Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola; Tr (common but beautiful everytime!)

Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana; Tr (a few along BR and at AWNC)

Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza; Tr (a highlight at the AWNC feeders!)

Purple Honeycreeper Cyanerpes caeruleus; Tr (see above species!)

Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus; Tr (seen by a few along BR)

Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia javarina; Tr and To (common to abundant in grass fields)

Black-faced Grassquit Tiaris bicolor; To (common along roadsides)

Red-capped Cardinal Paroaria gularis; Tr (2 fleeting glimpses from the boat at Caroni—unfortunately these were seen by only a few and this was one of the biggest disappointments of the trip)

Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens; Tr (most easily seen around AWNC)

Yellow-hooded Blackbird Agelaius icterocephalus; Tr (Nice looks at Nariva and at Trincity)

Red-breasted Blackbird Sturnella militaris; Tr (seen well on the wires at Nariva, also at AS)

Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris; Tr and To (common in towns and villages)

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis; Tr and To

Giant Cowbird Scaphidura oryzivora; Tr (a few at Nariva, a few more along BR)

Moriche Oriole Icterus chrysocephalus; Tr (2 in the scope at WF—probably the rarest resident TT

species seen during the trip)

Yellow Oriole Icterus nigrogularis; Tr (a few seen daily)

Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela; Tr (seen best at nesting colony on AS, a few in flight near Nariva)

Crested Oropendola Psarocolius decumanus Tr and to


Rock Dove Columba domestica; introduced, seen in cities and towns

Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild; introduced, a few seen at Trincity

The following birds were seen on Nov. 8th during the morning pre-trip excursion in Miami.

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant


Great Egret

Snowy Egret

White Ibis

Turkey Vulture


Sharp-shinned Hawk


American Kestrel

Common Moorhen

American Coot

Rock Dove

Mourning Dove

White-winged Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-crowned Pigeon

Monk Parakeet

Yellow-chevroned Parakeet

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Blue Jay

Fish Crow

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

Loggerhead Shrike

European Starling

Magnolia Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Palm Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

American Redstart

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

House Sparrow