Birding Trinidad & Tobago 2005
Journal: 29 Jan 05, Asa Wright Nature Center




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Looking up at the Verandah
Asa Wright Nature Center, Trinidad
This was an "off" day, with no scheduled trips. We took advantage of the world famous verandah and excellent trails to try for birds and new birds at Asa Wright itself. A few words about Asa Wright.

The Verandah looks over some feeders, with the grounds in the middle distance and the Arima River Valley further down. The feeders attract an amazing variety of birds. It wasn't unusual to have 10-12 species around at the same time. Less common birds would wander in and out. The tree on the far left side of the Verandah, in particular, seemed to attract wonderful birds.

It is delightful to sit on a comfortable stool or lounge chair, drinking coffee in the morning, tea (or rum punch) in the afternoon, and scoring lifers.

The feeders are well-maintained, cleaned each evening and stocked with fruit, bread and seed. Screens keep the larger birds from carting the food off.

A partial list of birds we saw on the feeders would include: Blue-grey, Palm, Turquoise, White-lined and Silverbeak Tanager, Green and Purple Honeycreeper, Banaquit, White-fronted, Cocoa and Bare-eyed Thrush, Blue-crowned Motmot, Crested Oropendola, Northern Waterthrush, House Wren, Squirrel Cuckoo, Golden-headed Manakin, Chestnut Woodpecker, Tropical Mockingbird, Great Kiskadee, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Shiny Cowbird, Ruddy Ground Dove and Barred Antshrike.

White-lined Tanagers, Silverbeak Tanager, Bare-eyed Thrush, Banaquit, Green Honeycreeper
Asa Wright, Trinidad

Tufted Coquette
Asa Wright, Trinidad
And then there are the hummingbirds. A partial list of hummers would include: White-necked Jacobin (the bird in the upper left hand corner of each page), Rufous-breasted Hermit, Green Hermit, White-chested Emerald, Tufted Coquette, Blue-chined Sapphire, Black-throated Mango and Copper-rumped Hummingbird

We walked the Bellbird Trail and the Helconia Trail (which includes a portion of the Bamboo Valley Trail). The trails are well-marked. Some of the lower trails are a little overgrown, but not so badly that they are hard to walk. Many of them wind down to stream channels, and some of them have a bit of grade. The birds you see are fabulous, ranging from the Bearded Bellbird to White-bearded Mannakins and everything in between.

The forests are mostly second growth, and you can find coffee and cocoa shrubs, going back to the historical uses of what is now Asa Wright, I suppose. There are many exotic species, including bamboo and helconia. But the birds seem to be thriving. And you are in a jungle: there are army and leaf cutting ants, the occasional snake, large and small lizards and even agouti.

Bamboo Valley Trailhead
Asa Wright, Trinidad

Agouti stealing bread crumbs
Asa Wright, Trinidad

Updated Sat, Mar 5, 2005