Trip report from Abaco Island Bahamas, March 12-14 1999.

Day one March 12, 1999

On this trip 3 friends joined me, Jeff Weber, Bruce Purdy and Brian Rapoza. We ended the trip with 76 species, this included one escaped exotic: Orange-winged Amazon. We arrived on the morning of Friday March 12, 1999.  Below is a list of birds seen on this day in the order that we saw them.
These bird were seen from the Airport in Marsh Harbor south to Sandy Point on the south end of the Island.
Great Egret                                
House Sparrow 
Northern Mockingbird 
Palm Warbler 
Common Ground Dove 
Pine Warbler 
Prairie Warbler 
Yellow-throated Warbler (also the Bahamas race) 
Black-faced Grassquit
Thick-billed Vireo
Olive-capped Warbler
Turkey Vulture 
Stripe-headed Tanager *(green backed race) 
Loggerhead Kingbird
Cuban Emerald
Eurasian-Collared Dove 
Red-tailed Hawk 
West Indian Woodpecker
Bahama Swallow
Hairy Woodpecker 
Smooth-billed Ani
Little Blue Heron 
Cuban Pewee *
Cape May Warbler 
Bahama Yellowthroat
American Redstart 
Magnificent Frigatebird 
Belted Kingfisher 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Common Yellowthroat 
Northern Waterthrush 
Clapper Rail 
La Sagra's Flycatcher
Yellow Warbler * (Cuban Yellow) 
Brown Pelican 
Ring-billed gull 
Herring Gull 
Laughing Gull 
 Royal Tern 
Ruddy Turnstone 
Spotted Sandpiper 
Rock Dove 
Orange-winged Amazon ( escaped) 
European Starling 
Bahama Parrot
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

We finished our day at the south end of the Island.  And then traveled back north and checked into Nettie Symonette's "Different of Abaco."   At Different of Abaco you will find clean rooms and great food.  You will also find Nettie's hospitality and treat you like family attitude.  There is some good birding on her property.  Some of the better birds we saw here included Bahama Yellowthroat, White-cheeked Pintail, West Indian Woodpecker, Olive-capped Warbler. Nettie has seen Bahama Parrots here also.  There are currently about 65 species seen here, I'm sure there will be more to add.

Day two March 13, 1999

We birded this day from "Different of Abaco" and south about 10 miles, then north back to Marsh Harbor for our ferry ride over to Elbow Cay.  We had the following species listed below.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
Tri-colored Heron 
Common Moorhen 
White-cheeked Pintail
Bobwhite Quail 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
White-crowned Pigeon 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Greater Antillean Bullfinch
Yellow-crowned Night-heron 
Osprey (Bahamas race) 
Common Snipe 
Ring-necked Duck 
Pied-billed Grebe 
White Ibis (not recorded on Abaco) 
Lesser Yellowlegs 
Piping Plover 
Northern Parula 
Bahama Mockingbird
Day three March 14, 1999

We stayed the night at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay, which had clean rooms a good restaurant and a beautiful view of the ocean.  We were on Elbow Cay in search of Key West Quail Dove.  We arrived at a hammock about 1 and half miles north of the Abaco Inn at dawn. After about 1 and a half hours we found two birds which we had decent looks at.  After birding here on Elbow Cay we rode the ferry back to Marsh Harbor.  From here we went north to Treasure Cay and then back to Marsh Harbor for a return flight to Ft. Lauderdale.  Below is a list of species for this day.
Key West Quail-Dove
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Least Grebe
Least Bittern 
Green Heron
Blue-winged Teal 
Indigo Bunting 
Cattle Egret 
( * ) represents Bahama's specialties.

Look for upcoming tours to the Bahamas, I will have some dates soon!!!!