By Michael H Ryan It certainly seems so! While driving home from participating in the Global event of October Big Day on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at around 2:00 pm, I had just passed Westbourne Ghut, and I looked to my left, and there on the beach was a very large, immature gull. Wow! What is that? So I stopped, […]
ST.KITTS BULLFINCH GRANTED FULL SPECIE STATUS—Although extinct for almost 100 years!!!
First endemic bird ever, for St. Kitts. June 26, 2021 By Michael Ryan St. Kitts had no endemic birds that were unique to us, and only found on the island, —until now —sort of!! A few days ago, The American Ornithological Society (AOS) changed the status of the bird referred to as the St. Kitts Bullfinch to a full bird […]
RARE BIRD SPOTTED — JUNE 2021!!
By Michael Ryan June 16, 2021 A recent report from the Northern end of the island indicated there was a strange bird flying around Bell Tate beach. Percy Hanley heard about it and on Sunday, June 6th, travelled to the area to see if he could spot it. Sure enough, there was a bird flying around. After a careful study, […]
FIRST NEW BIRD FOR ST.KITTS FOR 2021
By Michael Ryan, May 18, 2021 E-Bird is a worldwide organization where anyone can submit their bird sightings on line, and the data collected for the individual countries is recorded. One of the benefits of e-bird, is that you can register to receive a notification if anyone reports a rare bird in St. Kitts & Nevis. Well, on Saturday, May […]
Very Rare Sighting! Second New Bird Sighting for 2020
Michael Ryan Sometimes in the birding world, a sighting occurs that is makes you go “WOW!” A few days ago we received a picture of a bird that was spotted in the Half Moon Bay Area, just beyond Frigate Bay, close to the KOI Resort. It was certainly an OWL but which one? This obvious vagrant was first spotted on […]
FIRST NEW BIRD FOR ST.KITTS IN 2020
By Michael Ryan During the middle of March 2020, the country entered a lock down for the COVID – 19 virus, following many other countries in the world. But late in March, something raised our spirits, if only in a small way! Robert Gorvett while at his home at Frigate Bay, St. Kitts, noticed a beautiful bird visit his bird […]
By Michael Ryan Toward the middle of July, I was driving through the town of Basseterre, on the Bay Road, overlooking the Harbour. While driving through the College Street Ghut adjacent to where the sea meets the shore, I saw a large bird! What the heck was that!? So I reversed, parked, and walked to the little bridge. A Duck! […]
SECOND NEW BIRD FOR ST.KITTS IN 2018
By Michael Ryan Steve Mlodinow visited St. Kitts in March 2018, as is a checker for E-bird. Not only did he see 72 birds in one day, an unofficial local record for St.Kitts, he also saw 2 Bonaparte Gulls, which was reported on earlier. However, while birding during his stay in St.Kitts, he heard what was thought to be a […]
FIRST NEW BIRD FOR 2018 — NEW BIRDS, RARE BIRDS AND RECORD BROKEN!
By Michael Ryan Steve Mlodinow is an avid birder, and a checker for E-Bird. He visited St.Kitts in the middle of March this year, 2018. Although I did not meet Steve, I heard about his findings through Percy Hanley. Steve visited St.Kitts and as with most birders, was pleasantly surprised by the number of different bird species that he spotted […]
Sixth New Bird for St.Kitts in 2017!
On Sunday, December 10, 2017, Percy Hanley was birding with two visiting birders from Puerto Rico. While up by Romney Manor, they observed an energetic bird around the clock tower. After careful observation, it was easily identified as a Chestnut Sided Warbler. This was great news as this was the first sighting of a Chestnut Sided Warbler in St. Kitts! […]