Of course, I was thrilled to see it though my photos aren’t much to speak of! As the sun rose, we met up with my guide, Ryan, a ranger in the Blue Mountain John Crow Mountain National Park.powcon 300st remote
Then the birding really began. In short order, we reeled off both Black-faced and Yellow-shouldered Grassquits along with other expected quits, both Bananaquit and Orangequit.bob haircut from different angles
Warblers were pleasantly profuse in the mountains. The day’s tally included Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, Black and White, and lots of endemic Arrowhead Warblers.
Other common songbirds seen were Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Spindalis, and Greater Antillean Bullfinch, gorgeous birds one and all. As one might expect, I was more interested in species I hadn’t yet seen.
For example, Jamaica has two endemic vireos, the Jamaican Vireo and Blue Mountain Vireo. Here in the Blue Mountains, I had a good shot at both but inexplicably missed the one named for the mountains I was in.
I’d also missed my shot at Jamaican Crow but still had a chance to see Jamaican Blackbird. However, despite Ryan and Wayne’s best efforts, the only black bird I saw in these mountains was Smooth-billed Ani. internation movie database
After their initial dawn chorus, birds in the Blue Mountains quiet down.
One must be patient to pick out the good birds. One such sighting was a distant White-eyed Thrush, a much rarer endemic Turdus thrush than the ubiquitous White-chinned Thrush.
John Fletcher of BirdLife Jamaica had mentioned to me how the solitaire was not the dull gray depicted in the field guides but rather a rich navy blue.
How right he was. While solitaires are usually known for their haunting calls, this species is a true stunner. I was eager to at least add Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Becard, or the more common Myiarchus flycatchers to my trip list but such was not my fate.