Date: 3/5/17 3:18 pm From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] interesting mix of birds in St Martin
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We just returned from a first ever week in St Martin (Caribbean). This is a small (34 sq mi) mountainous, tropical island (18 deg N latitude). Many salt ponds, no fresh water. Cactus, palms, many assorted trees. Brought our binoculars and saw 30 species of birds while not relaxing at the beach. Mix of birds seen and not seen in Ohio.
"Ohio" birds seen:
great egret - abundant snowy egret - many Eurasian collared dove - many rock dove - many black crowned night heron - a few common gallinule - a few ruddy turnstone - 5 sanderling - 3 great blue heron - 2 kestrel - 1 coot - 1 killdeer - 1 yellow warbler - 1 glossy ibis - 1
brown pelican - ubiquitous Zenaida dove - ubiquitous magnificent frigatebird - abundant bananaquit - abundant Carib grackle - abundant gray kingbird - many brown booby - several royal tern - several white cheeked pintail - 3 common ground dove - 2 black faced grassquit - 2 green throated Carib hummingbird - 2 American oystercatcher - 1 Lesser Antillean bullfinch - 1
plus many chickens roaming wild, and 1 unidentified large white goose/swan-like bird (in the distance) with 3 fuzzy yellowish young.
Among those species not seen: gulls, crows, sparrows.
The breadth and narrowness of range of various birds is amazing.
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