Birdwatcher’s had a nice encounter with a family of Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) along the Ashton Lagoon salt pond. The parents made themselves very conspicuous, running in front of pedestrians to “lure” them away from the more cyptic chick. All plovers show this type of behaviour during the brooding season, even faking having a broken wing to entice potential predators away from flightless chicks.

In other birding news, the Smooth-Billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) also made it raucous debut to the birding crew at the Ashton Lagoon. The all-black Ani is a year-round resident throughout the Caribbean, with a terrifying thick bill and alarming scream.

Today was also the first full trial of the Area Search protocol for the Caribbean Waterbird Census. Today’s species list includes:
Antillean Crested Hummingbird
Bananaquit
Bare-eyed Thrush
Black Swift
Black-faced Grassquit
Black-whistered Vireo
Carib Grackle
Cattle Egret
Eared Dove
Gray Kingbird
Green-Throated Carib
Magnificent Frigatebird
Scaly-naped Pigeon
Shiny Cowbird
Smooth Billed Ani
Tropical Mockingbird
Whimbrel
Willet
Wilson’s Plover
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Zenaida Dove

by Robert William Rankin of Sustainable Grenadines
(robrankin.multiply.com, colugos.blogspot.com)

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