It’s always a “Wow” experience to see the male Painted Buntings with their exquisite array of vivid red, royal blue, and vibrant green and yellow.
The thrill of “Winter Bird Season” is in the air. There are so many kinds to see and look for. Warblers, Vireos, Flycatchers, Spindalis, Orioles and Buntings are just a few.
The Forestry Department, in carrying out the mandate of the government to create protected areas for a sustainable forest preserve throughout The Bahamas, held a series of town meetings to discuss the proposed protected sites on Abaco and introduce the draft regulations for hunting licenses.
The warbler varieties are no doubt high on my list of favorite birds. I start to feel the excitement of looking for them when September arrives. The first of my warbler sightings this fall / winter season was the Black Throated Green, Black Throated Blue, Prairie and Northern Parula Warblers.
Dr. David Steadman, associate director for Research and Collections at the University of Florida, and curator of Ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, spoke about natural and human factors that brought about the extinction of birds on Abaco.
Birds, Bees and Butterflies. Without them, well, it would be boring. The next time you enjoy the color of a bright flower, or enjoy the sweet smell of a fragrant blossom, or even enjoy the scrumptious taste of juicy, fresh fruit, Remember the 3 B’s - Birds, Bees Butterflies.
Hummingbirds! Incredible beauty and speed in a bird only 2.3 - 3 grams. That's only around .11 of an ounce! They are amazing birds, and the only bird that can fly sideways and backwards. At night they go into a hibernation-like state, and it can take almost an hour to recover from that state each morning. It used to be thought that hummingbirds flew constantly. They actually spend a lot of time perching.
On Saturday, December 20, a group of eighteen people met at the crack of dawn at the “Y”, one of the entrances to the National Park near Hole in the Wall, to perform the annual bird count for the Audubon Society. As they stood, exchanging greetings, a few Bahama Swallows flew over, favoring one of the BTC Towers as a perch.
A flock of Purple Martins and an Empidonax Flycatcher were only two of the exciting bird species observed during the first-of-the-season South Abaco birdwatching outing. They were among an impressive number of species sighted that day.
“The Delphi Club Guide to the Birds of Abaco” was recently published by Delphi Club Publications, and a collection of the books were prominently displayed at a celebratory book launch party at The Delphi Club on March 14.