for all your Internet info on the birds in Aruba, Jeff and Allison.
I lived in Lago Colony 1951-56 when my late husband (Cornell
'51) worked at the Exxon refinery. Two of my children were born
there. I rented a house on Malmok Beach for the first two weeks
of August for a family reunion, as my Aruba kids wanted to see
where they were born - and my other two kids (born in Benghazi,
Libya) wanted to see what they missed. There were 19 of
us, including three grandkids who are Cornell alums. (I'm
a Cornell Lab of O donor.) I
didn't really do much birding, since I was busy taking care
of my 10-mo. old greatgranddaughter, but at least want to let
you know what I saw.
3 mornings on a lamp post across from our rented house; also
saw one near Alto Vista Chapel
oystercatcher near Dos Playas
ruddy turnstones on dirt road to Calif.
of bare-eyed pigeons
brown-throated parakeets (which I had also seen in Suriname
Carib grackles one morning near our house
all over the island
near our house daily
grassquit (F or immature) near house
crested caracara on road to Calif.
to see house sparrows listed as Uncommon since 12-15 were at
our house every day, and on the porch and even came on the table
while we were eating
eared doves, ground doves, mockingbirds, etc. etc.
the tower at Bubali Sanctuary has some large holes in the platform,
dangerous for young children to go up there.
Muriel Horacek, Volunteer Field Rep
Earthwatch Institute (www.earthwatch.org)
Jeff and Allison:
Muriel, thank you for sharing this with us. We always enjoy
hearing about connections such as these!