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#1 Hank Peters

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:42 PM

From Alberta, Canada;

Going to Ft. Lauderdale on Jan 15/16, then a cruise around Haiti/Jamaica. Wondering if anyone had any ideas for birding areas around Ft. Lauderdale and /or Falmouth, Jamaica.

Thanks, Hank



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:30 AM

Too bad you aren't going to be in Montego Bay.  There is a great birding place just out side of MoBay in Anchovy called Rockland's Bird Sanctuary.  They don't have a website but they are on FaceBook.  How far is Falmouth from MoBay, if you have enough time in port you might be able to do it.

Here are some reviews from Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvis...ry-Jamaica.html

Also if you need a driver while in Jamaica I highly recommend Winston   http://www.winstonto....com/index.html  We used him as our driver while we were in Jamaica for a week.  Fabulous driver, great guy, very honest, fair prices and on time every time.

 



#3 fishman

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:08 PM

Hi Hank,  There are some great opportunities in and around Ft. Lauderdale.

 1. Wakodahatchee Wetlands.   Jog Rd in Delray Beach. 30-45 minutes north

 2. Green Cay Wetlands.   Hagen Ranch Rd (about 2miles from #1)

 Both have raised boardwalks. Excellent for wading birds, prime time for nesting GBH, DC Cormorants & Anhingas. Roseate Spoonbills, warblers, Painted Buntings, Coopers, Red-shoulders, Kestrals, Sora & Virgina Rails too.

 3. Loxahatchee is another 15 minutes north and west. Great mix of birds too.

 4. Brian Piccolo Park. Burrowing Owls

 5.****Everglades National Park.  45 minutes to one hour south. Anhinga Trail, Lucky Hammock, wading birds up close, currently a Vermillion Flycatcher, Scissor-tail Flycatchers, Swainsons Hawks etc.

 You can get more detail on any of these on the net. Most helpful site, directions, rare bird updates is www.tropicalaudubon.org

 Good Luck, 



#4 Hank Peters

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:20 AM

Thanks a lot both of you. Falmouth isn't that far from the sanctuary. Hopefully we have time to go.

 



#5 lyceel

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:06 PM

+1 to everything Glenn mentioned.  I've been to all of those places myself, and they're all great spots.

Just a tip for Brian Piccolo Park...  As you drive around, look for the mounds of dirt/sand piled up with flags or warning tape around them (these are the owl burrows).  Look from a distance to see if there are any owls present.  Don't get too close, or they'll hide!  If you approach very slowly, low to the ground, you can usually creep up on them for a better look...

 



#6 annashummingbird3

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:47 PM

Been to Jamaica, but don't remember seeing any birds.  Wasn't birding.  But it's gorgeous there!




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