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CUBA

Friday 14th March - Friday 25th April 2014

Chris Kehoe

Cuban Trogon (Chris Kehoe)

Cuban Trogon (Chris Kehoe)

Our 2014 Birdquest tour to Cuba was another great success. All of the likely Cuban endemics and regional specilialities were seen, generally extremely well. We were particularly pleased to get good views of potentially tricky species such as Zapata Wren and Gundlach’s Hawk, Bee Hummingbirds were very obliging and numerous this year, Zapata Sparrows were seen very well at two sites and gorgeous Cuban Todys and Cuban Trogons were frequently encountered. All four Quail-Dove species showed well with the endemic Blue-headed and Grey-fronted and localised Key West seen on multiple occasions. Cuban Pygmy Owls proved rather common, Bare-legged Owls were seen very well on two occasions and a superb day roosting Stygian Owl was much appreciated. Fernandina’s Flickers were watched at their nest hole and localized Giant Kingbirds, Cuban Solitaires, Red-shouldered Blackbirds and Cuban Palm Crows all gave themselves up without a struggle. Our list was supplemented by many winter visitors including 19 species of American Wood Warblers that included several Cape May Warblers, here in the heart of their winter range, and a particularly obliging Swainson’s Warbler. Throughout the tour the weather was generally fine and the tour logistics ran very smoothly.

Bee Hummingbird (Chris Kehoe)

Bee Hummingbird (Chris Kehoe)