On Wednesday, I finally got out to do some real birding. My wife and I took a taxi from our hotel to the Francis Bay Trail. It turns out that this is some of the best birding on the island and was hosting a special visitor that we were unaware of. Almost immediately after starting down the trail I picked up my first lifer and a bird that I have looked for many times, a Mangrove Cuckoo.
|Mangrove Cuckoo hopping from branch to branch|
We kept on birding around the pond and picked up a couple more lifer including Smooth-billed Ani and Black-faced Grassquit but still no flamingo. As we headed back towards the trailhead we stopped at an overlook that had a nice view of the pond below but part of the pond was still hidden by the trees. It looked like it would be easy climb down 15 feet to get a better view. I didn't even have to go that far before I noticed a huge pink bird on the far side of the pond. We moved back down the trail and took a small path through the mangroves to the waters edge. It turned out that this put us within about 25 yards of the flamingo.
|Male Black-faced Grassquit|