Our first stop at the Copacabana Hotel, Havana enabled us to pick up some of the regulars:
- Antilliean Palm Swift*
- Purple Martin*
- House Sparrow
- Cuban Blackbird*
- squadron of White Ibis flew over at dusk
- Collared Dove
- Barn Swallow.
On the tour of Havana
- Killdeer, Cuban Grackle* at the fort
- Turkey Vultures (which are very numerous here and pretty much the only bird of prey one is likely to see) circling the big modern monument on Revolution square
- Common Ground Dove and Red-legged Thrush* at the Hotel Nacional and a Brown Pelican patrolling the sea
- Cuban Emerald* is the only Hummingbird likely to be seen
- Gray Kingbird* and Loggerhead Kingbird* are everywhere. Former has paler head with distinct eyestripe, whereas latter has a darker head overall.
- Feral Pigeon, natch.
The Forest Park in Las Terrazas turned out to be a great spot
- Cuban Trogon* glimpsed on a Telegraph wire...fortunately better views to come (photo)
|West Indian Woodpecker|
|Cuban Green Woodpecker|
|Common Ground Dove|
|Crescent Eyed Pewee|
|Yellow-Capped Night Heron|
|Little Blue Heron|
- Great Lizard-Cuckoo* - distinctive silhouette rising from the canopy
- Cuban Tody* (photo)
- Red-legged Honeycreeper* - in green phase (photo)
- Yellow-faced Grassquit
Banos de San Juan
- Little Egret
|Smooth Billed Ani|
From the bus
- Smooth-Billed Ani*
- Green Heron
- American Kestrel
- Mourning Dove
- White-Winged Dove
- Tawny Winged Blackbird*
- West Indian Woodpecker*
- Northern Mockingbird
- Bird Walk, Cuban Green Woodpecker*
- Rural Walk, Cattle Egret
Then a long drive to Australia and a Crocodile Breeding Centre where we saw a Grey Heron (!)
Then to Playa Larga where Lydia brilliantly spotted a Yellow-throated Warbler* in a palm tree.
At Caleta Buena, Crescent-eyed Pewee*
Our hotel at Cienfuegos had great sea views and from the front we saw
- Laughing Gull
- Royal Tern*
- Magnificent Frigatebird.
At Trinidad 'Ma Dolores'
- Cuban Crow* in the Royal Palms
- Yellow-crowned Night* and Little Blue Herons on the river.
Passing thru mangrove swamps we saw Black-necked Stilt on our way to boat trip to Cayo Blanco, where a very friendly group of Yellow Warblers* were present.
At Santa Clara, Lydia spotted Ferdinanda Flicker, but I missed it!