Bird Watching Articles

Man O’ War on Your Shore?

By: Juliana Coffey On Thursday, November 17, several Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) were observed near the main jetty in Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in pursuit of some fisheries discards.  One particular individual bore a yellow tag on each wing with corresponding letter and number codes.  These codes detail its personal identity within a…

Connections across the planet

It is not long after you’ve been birdwatching that your mind starts to expand to far off continents, high-elevation weather systems, and genomic machinations. What contrivance of weather, bad luck, and instinctual migratory clockwork colluded to drop so many new visitors to the salt ponds and mangroves of Union Island? Today, we were startled to…

Survey reveals more birds on Union Island.

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…

Attackers awarded bird monitoring grant

The Attackers score another one for the birds! This time, the Union Island Environmental Attackers and the St. Vincent based Avian Eyes have jointly received funding to implement the Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC). For Union Islanders, this means there is money on the table for things like training, guide books, binoculars, GPS units, water chemistry…

Victory: Attackers receive optics for bird monitoring

The two 2 spotting scopes and 5 binoculars have finally arrived on Union Island! This is great news for the Attackers, and will really kick off the birding group and the training for bird monitoring at Ashton Lagoon. Many thanks to Lisa Sorenson of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds for…

Birding June 3rd: Wilson’s Plover chick

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…