Our 5th visit to Aruba
was 1-15 Dec 2006. My husband is not a birder, so most observations
were "on the sly". My binoculars are always packed,
and at my side - even while in my beach chair at the Marriott
Surf Club! I was able find the two local field guides you
recommend - Reuter's "Birds of Aruba" and DeBoer's
"Our Birds", and did find them most helpful.
Highlights of the trip
- the Troupial
(singing, late afternoon between Surf and Ocean Club), Magnificent
Frigatebird, full breeding throat pouch (daybreak, on a sailboat
mast), Peregrine Falcon (daily, all day, resting on the top
floor of the Surf Club, leaving during "Happy Hour"!!
This may have been the same bird I saw two years ago, same spot,
same time of year) and a
banded Ruddy Turnstone.
I did have a List of
25 birds, all casually
sighted. We arrived after a rainy spell (and had 2-3 rain days
while in Aruba), so everything was lush and overgrown. The mosquitos
were out in full force, so we didn't get to visit the known
birding spots on this trip (as I said, my husband, tho' a great
guy, is not as
enthusiastic as I, especially about the mosquitos).
I was known as the
bird lady while standing on the hotel palapa line each morning.
The joke was the Tropical mockingbird showed up each morning
time I did! I am pretty active in the Eastern Long Island Audubon
York), and bird 4-6 days a week along the shoreline of the Atlantic
coast. We look forward to our next trip to Aruba. It really
is a wonderful place. I've attached a photo my husband took
of the Troupial we both enjoyed listening to!