A few days in the field conducting bird surveys has added more species to the group’s birding list! Yesterday, two Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) showed up on the Ashton Salt Pond. Whimbrels are one of the more spectacular shorebirds, with an oversized-looking, down-curved bill and impressive gait. They are supposedly rare migrants on the Grenadines. Other impressive sightings for the birding crew have been a group of Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii) and Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula).

Chorlo real [Whimbrel] (Numenius phaeopus) by barloventomagico.

Whimbrel (by barloventomagico, from the Neo Birds site www.flickr.com/groups/neobirds/)

The surveying is the first round of monitoring

for the Caribbean Waterbird Census / Ashton Lagoon Restoration Project. The data on water quality and bird abundances will help evaluate the ecological effects of the restoration activities.

UPDATE: On the last day of the survey, a very rare Fork-Tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) was flushed from the interior of the Mangroves. The rare migrant is expanding its range from South American, formerly only known to occur in Grenada in the Caribbean.

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

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