Supporting Nature Conservation through Birding
(i) To promote conservation of birds and habitat by involving others in bird watching and cage pour oiseau.
(ii) To promote education, research and documentation on flora and fauna with specific emphasis on avians.
(ii) To acquire knowledge of local and migrant avian species.
(ii) To foster interest in bird watching as a viable means of promoting ecotourism in S.V.G. To foster partnership with local, regional and international birders and other natural resource managers and developers in promoting bird watching and conservation.
(ii) To promote bird watching as a recreational activity.
Carenage in Calliaqua
This coastal area with a very small river estuary and some remnant mangroves still plays host to a few coastal species, sea birds and occasional migrants. This habitat located at Ratho Mill on the southern coastline is just about 15 minutes drive from capital Kingstown.
Brighton Salt Pond
Brigthon Salt Pond, which is privately owned, is located on the south-east coastline at Milikin Bay. The best representative block of mangrove remaining on mainland St. Vincent, it is home to the Yellow-crowned Night Heron and flocks of Cattle Egrets that roost there at evenings. You will only need to drive 20 minutes from Kingstown to arrive at this site.
The Buccament River which drains one of this country’s prominent watershed ends its journey at the Buccament Bay creating a habitat for such species as Gallinules, Common Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little and Great Blue Herons. It may not be unusual to see other migrants like the Blue-winged Teal wading in the river’s mouth. This habitat located on the south-western coastline will also provide a mixture of seabirds and coastal terrestrial species. The site is approx. 20 minutes drive from Kingstown along the Leeward highway.
Lagoon Swamp – Clifton
Located along the southeastern coastline of Union Island, this coastal mangrove ecosystem is bordered by a fringe of Red Mangroves and contains stands of Black Mangrove in the interior. In 1990 it was measured at 50 acres (Metz 1990), but in recent years some of this has been cleared. The mangrove is adjacent to the harbour which makes it very accessible. Shore and wetland birds will be found in this habitat.
Belmont Salt Pond and Richmond Bay
The Belmont Salt Pond when flooded is host to waders and many species of sandpipers, some of which are migrants. It is surrounded by a 5.0 acre fringe of White, Black and Button Mangrove and clumps of Red Mangroves. It is located about 200 metres inland from the Belmont Bay “Big Sands” on the Northern Coast of Union island.
The Richmond Bay 15-acre Red, White, Black and Button Mangroves adjacent to Belmont Bay is complimentary to Belmont Salt Pond. It is a habitat for many shore birds and migrants that travel to this part of the world. Bird activity level at these sites will peak during the rainy and migratory seasons.
Note: This is a privately owned Island in the Grenadines.
The Lagoon Bay in terms of setting is typical of salt ponds with a large circular pool that is surrounded with Red, White and Black Mangroves. This is an excellent site for viewing the various waders, Herons, Sandpipers and coastal species that inhabit and visit the Grenadines. The Nature Trail on the periphery provides good access to the pond. This site is located on the southwestern coast and is just about 7 minutes drive from the Airport.
As the name implies, this is a designated bird sanctuary (27 acres) that will give visitors one of the best representations of the various wetland species that are found in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The hidden pockets provide a desirable habitat for several wetland birds that include Caribbean Coots, Moorhens, Blue-winged Teals and a variety of Herons. The Bird Sanctuary is directly adjacent to the Airport strip in the North of the Island.
Vermont Nature Trails
The Vermont Nature Trails nestled in the Parrot Reserve in the Upper Buccament valley is just seven miles from Kingstown. This is one of the best known areas for seeing the St. Vincent Parrot.
La Soufriere Volcano Nature Trail
The tour to La Soufriere is a 90-minute drive along the east coast which takes you through lush banana fields up to the trail head. Recent secondary vegetation continues to colonize the slopes since the last volcanic eruption (1979). Sounds of Thrushes, Wrens and Tanagers emanate with a wonderful opportunity to see the endemic Whistling Warbler.
Mt. St Andrew’s
This majestic mountain is part of the central mountain range overlooking Kingstown. Located 3 miles from the capital, the bird watching experience starts within agriculture lands and summits in secondary rainforest. A variety of fruit and forest trees attract birds such as the Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Hummingbirds, House Wren, Trembler, Black-whiskered Vireo and Thrasher.
Petit Wallilabou (Trinity Falls Trail)
The location is 1.5 hours drive from Kingstown along the Leeward coast and takes you through an easily accessible trail which affords spectacular views for bird watching. The area which is renowned for the Trinity Falls provide a habitat that is frequented by Herons, Sandpipers and the Kingfisher. The St. Vincent Parrot can also be seen.
A cool scenic route, about 10 minutes drive from the capital with several panoramic views. The tour begins in Green Hill community and travels through agricultural lands intermixed with natural secondary forest. This quiet hidden valley is enveloped by lush mountains and is home to many birds. You are likely to see the Hooded Tanager, Blue-headed Euphonia, House Wren (St. Vincent Race), Hawks, Tremblers and other edge dwellers.
Garden and Urban Sites
The Botanic Gardens, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, is approximately 5 minutes from the heart of Kingstown.
The area covers some 30 acres of land and hosts a mixture of indigenous and exotic plant species which support a tremendous variety of birds; some such as the Black Hawk which ordinarily is found in the rainforest. Other birds to be seen are the St. Vincent race of the Banana Quit, Tropical Mockingbird and Rusty-tailed Flycatcher. Occasionally migrants such as the American Kestrel and Cape May Warbler are also observed.
Anglican Pastoral Centre Grounds
This private property of the Anglican Church lies adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. It is situated on 4 acres of land and contains an ornamental garden and a dry forest with fruit trees interspersed.
Bird species likely to be seen are similar to those found at the Botanic Gardens.
St. George’s Cathedral Grounds
A short walk through Kingstown takes you to the St. George’s Cathedral – a site frequented by visitors because of its rich history. Large ornamental trees and shrubs make these grounds a perfect bird watching destination for urban-type bird species. Such species include the Carib Grackle, Glossy Cowbird, Smooth-billed Ani and Bare-eyed Thrush.
Dry Forest Sites
Brighton – Prospect
This region is situated within a twenty-minute drive along the Windward Highway. Two unpaved access roads lead from the main road onto relatively expansive pastures, pockets of dry scrub forest and the beaches of Diamond and Brighton. Birds likely to be seen here are the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Sea birds and the Banana Quit (Jamaica race) and sea birds.
Buccament – Petit Byahaut
Petit Byahaut is located approximately 2 km west of Kingstown. It is coastal in nature with an expansive grassland. Swifts, Martin and Swallows are not uncommon sightings. The Magnificent Frigate, Laughing Gull and Red-billed Tropicbird have also been observed in this area.
This is a promontory located about 0.5 miles northwest of the central leeward town of Layou or 40 minutes drive from capital Kingstown. This vista provides for the possible sighting of both terrestrial and sea birds such as Flycatchers, Herons and the Brown Booby.
An archipelago of islands located south of mainland St. Vincent, the Grenadines is accessible both by air and by sea. There are two primary vegetation types; dry scrub forest and wetlands dominated by mangroves.
The Grenadines are a bird watcher’s paradise. Many migrant and sea birds not found on mainland St. Vincent can be observed. There is also a rich composition of wetland birds which include Sandpipers, Sanderlings and warblers. The Osprey is also an uncommon visitor.
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Some Birds of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Antillean-crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus
Banana quit (St. Vincent race) Coereba flaveola
Banana Quit (Jamaica race) Coereba flaveola
Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus nudigenis
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Black/Crab hawk Buteogallus anthracinus
Black-faced Grass Quit Tiaris bicolor
Black-whiskered Vireo Vireo altiloquus
Broad-winged/Chicken Hawk Buteo platypterus
Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Cocoa Thrush Turdus fumigatus
Common Ground Dove Columbina passerina
Forest Thrush Cichlherminia lherminiera
Glossy Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
Gray Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis
Green-backed Heron Butorides striatus
Green-throated Carib Sericotes holosericeus
Hooded Tanager/Princebird Tangara cucullata
L.A. Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis
Little Blue Heron Florida caerula
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor
Mountain Dove Geotrygon montana
Purple Martin Progne subis
Purple-throated Carib Eulampis jugularis
Ramier,Wild Pigeon Columba squamosa
Rufous-throated Solitaire Myadestes genibarbis
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus
Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
St. Vincent House Wren Troglodytes aedon
St. Vincent Parrot Amazona guildingii
Trembler Cinclocerthia ruficauda
Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
Violet-eared Dove Zeneida auriculata
Whistling Warbler Catharopeza bishopi
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violaceus
Zeneida Dove Zeneida aurita
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Caribbean Coot Fulica caribaea
Great White Heron Ardea herodias
Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
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