17 - May 1, 2010
and Carol Pembroke
Parakeet, by Carol Pembroke
We had a great two weeks of perfect weather. Everything went
smoothly! On the birding side, we saw 57 species, 9 of which
were lifers. The bird I really wanted the most took several
days to locate: Fnally found several dozen White-checked Pintail
Ducks......where else.....but the waste sewer treatment discharge
pond. Other lifers were Bare-eyed Pigeon, Eared Dove, Brown-throated
Parakeet, Ruby-topaz and Blue-tailed hummingbirds, Tropical
Mockingbird, Caribbean Grackle, and Troupial. My two favorite
birds were the Common Ground-dove (they are so tame and cute)
and the Magnificent Frigatebird, with
close runner-ups being Bananaquit and Black-faced Grassquit.
Grassquit, by Carol Pembroke
I found Aruba to be very birdie (only another birder would
know what I mean).
for Aruba in general it has to be as close to paradise as
you can get. I didn't want
leave, and I would go back in a heart beat. Carol found 14
restaurants to try.....can't
hy she didn't want to cook in our resort unit kitchen!
requested a list of trip birds so here goes minus the birds
already mentioned above:
Brown Booby, Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Blue
Heron, Snowy Egret,
Heron, Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Black crowned
Night-heron, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Blue-winged Teal,
Osprey, Crested Caracara, American Kestrel, Sora, Common Moorhen,
Caribbean Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher,
Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs,
Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone,
Yellowlegs (left) with Ruddy Turnstones. Photo by Carol Pembroke.
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Terns: Royal, Sandwich,
Common, Least, and
Sooty, Brown Noddy, Rock Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Tropical
Kingbird, Bank and Barn swallows, Yellow
Warbler, Shiny Cowbird, House Sparrow.
by Carol Pembroke
Bubali observation tower is in need of repair and getting
to a point of being dangerous with missing floor
boards. There is no longer any open water to be seen from
the tower as it is all filled in with lilly pads and
grass. The best place to see the White-checked Pintails and
coots is now to take the paved driveway that goes
into the waste treatment plant and turn left into a paved
parking lot (if the chain is not up). The large discharge
pool was very productive and easily observed. The locals said
they did not get their usual amount of
rain in 2009. Many places that would normally have water were
bone dry. The Spanish Lagoon area was very
limited; the little water there was a long way from the road).
(I wish I had taken my scope but didn't want to take
tripod etc on the plane.)
Plover, by Carol Pembroke
Urataka Center building in no longer pink but bright yellow/orange.
areas we found very productive
the islands just of the coast from the oil refinery and the
other on the North West end. From Carribean
Village Restort go North I think on A2 all the way to the
end. Turn left away from the California Lighthouse
go about a mile with the ocean on your right. There is a hut/building
called Kite Flying or something like that.
left onto the dirt path and find the water. It was really
great early morning at sunrise.
Note: These are Sandwich Terns, mostly the "Cayenne"
Tern form with the all-yellow bill. There is at least one
black-billed form on the left. These are accompanied by at
Common Terns on the far right. Photo by Carol Pembroke.
I can't believe that on the whole island there isn't another
"birder." We kept looking for
hummingbird feeders or any kind of feeders but did not find
any. I said to Carol, "Gee,
we ought to move here and start a birding tour."
thanks for all your help and
information, the check list came in very handy.
Wayne & Carol: We're so glad you had a great trip! And
glad that our website was helpful to you. Thank you for sending
in your trip report and photos!
and Jeff Wells