Grenada is fast emerging as a very attractive and reputable Bird-Watching destination for the avid and casual visiting birder or bird enthusiast. The island has list just over 150 species including resident and migratory birds. Grenada, located in the southern Caribbean, offers a unique birding opportunity and great bird watching holidays.
The avid or casual birder can add substantially to their bird list or be introduced to birding. Bird-watching on the island is an experience cruise passengers have been exploiting recently. For example a cruising birders can within six (6) hours count approximately (50) fifty birds including two of the islands flagship species i.e. Grenada Dove and Hook-Billed kite among other lesser Antillean specialties e.g. Grenada Flycatcher and lesser Antillean Tanager.
For overstay visitors, the birding experience is even more extensive and rewarding. You could spend many bird watching holidays in Grenada.
You can explore in a safe and friendly environment free from dangerous and harmful creatures such as snakes etc.
Several habitat types for birding are available e.g. rain forest, dry forest, mangrove wetlands and fresh water ponds and lakes are accessible through a diverse road network for safety and time efficiency.
There is always a chance sighting a rare or new bird.
The islands location is known to be a transit for North and South migratory birds. Newly arriving species includes; Southern lapwing, Forked-Tailed Flycatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Caribbean Coot , Black- Bellied Whistling-Duck, lesser Scaup, Black Skimmer, Large-Billed Tern and many unseen to date.
Grenada offers a new and exciting bird-watching experience as noted in many on line trip reports, books and publications. Bird photography is unimaginable,
You just picture having (4) Herons and (3) Egrets in a single flash.
“Birds on the island is said to be as friendly and hospitable as the people” such is the expression by birders from their experience
Please “feel free like a bird” to come-on over to share in this truly rewarding experience.
Some Birding Locations and species:
Mt. Hartman National Park and Dove Sanctuary located on the South Eastern Atlantic coast is a xeric dry-forest ecosystem and one of the two habitats for the endemic and endangered Grenada Dove and Hooked-billed kite. This forest ecosystem is dominated by acacia species and is characterized by its thorny nature. Mangrove wetlands in the area are also habitat for herons and waders etc.
Perseverance Dove Sanctuary located on the Western Caribbean coast is the second habitat for the two populations of the Grenada Dove. Difference in topography and microclimatic conditions makes it suitable for more birds e.g. lesser Antillean Tanager, Grenada -Flycatcher, Hummers etc.
Annandale Forest Reserve located near the central forest ranges is moist semi-deciduous forest attractive to Humming birds; Rufous- Breasted Hermit, Green -Throated Carib, Banana Quits and Thrushes etc.
Grand Etang Forest Reserves located in the high central forest range approximately 800m ASL is typically rainforest. Species diversity is not as high there. At the famous Grand Etang Crater Lake one can see Herons, Grebes, Ducks and Osprey; other notable birds are Gray- Rumped Swift, Cocoa Thrush, Tanager, and Rudy-Quail Dove.
Levera Area, located furthest North Eastern Atlantic coast of the island is typical dry forest ecosystem, but the main attractions for birds are the wetlands. Large water body, levera pond and Lake Antoine are noted for migratory Ducks, waders and Sea birds. Sea birds colonies can be found the small rocks and islets’ just off the coast from Levera e.g. Diamond Rock etc.