IN SEARCH OF THE ST. KITTS BULLFINCH By Michael Ryan February 19, 2022 Waiting to be rediscovered if it still exists, the St. Kitts Bullfinch (SKBB) remains the only endemic bird of St. Kitts. It is currently believed to be extinct, the last confirmed sighting being almost 100 years ago, in 1929. However, in 1993, there was a possible sighting, […]
THIRD NEW BIRD FOR THE YEAR SPOTTED IN ST.KITTS –2022
By Michael Ryan How plans can change! On Sunday October 2, I drove all the way to Old Road high above the top Zipline to look for Warblers, but unfortunately the farmers have now fenced off that part of the road. So back to the ponds I headed! Greetheeds Pond first, then Half Moon Pond, and then onto the South-East […]
SECOND NEW BIRD SIGHTED IN ST. KITTS IN 2022 -CONFIRMED
By Michael Ryan On July 27, 2022, visitor Simon Priestnall spotted a strange Tern at Muddy Pond at Frigate Bay, and after viewing it carefully, he was very confident that he had seen a Gull-billed Tern. He reported same to E-Bird, the international online data base for bird sightings. Unfortunately, he did not have a camera at the time. Well, […]
Rare Bird sighting in St. Kitts in March 2022
By Michael Ryan Following an awesome January & February, where four different rare birds species were spotted in St. Kitts, who would have thought that early in March this amazing trend would continue. On Thursday, March 3, I received a rare bird alert from Percy Hanley, reporting another rare bird sighting in the Golf Course Cooling Pond! The following day […]
RARE BIRDS GALORE IN FEBRUARY IN ST.KITTS
By Michael Ryan February 16, 2022 Well, well well. Just when I thought that seeing two different rare birds in the first week of February was great, who would have thought that just a few days later, I would see an additional 3 rare birds! On Monday, February 7th, driving home for lunch about midday, I glanced to my left […]
RARE BIRD SPOTTED IN ST. KITTS IN EARLY FEBRUARY 2022
By Michael Ryan On February 3rd, literally a couple of days after a Hooded Merganser was spotted at the Cooling Pond on the Frigate Bay Golf Course, a golfer sent me a fuzzy picture of two large ducks on the number 1 hole. They certainly looked interesting, so after work that afternoon, I headed to the golf course and started […]
First New Bird for St.Kitts in 2022
FIRST NEW BIRD FOR ST. KITTS IN 2022 By Michael Ryan I received a report on February 1, 2022, originating from Glenroy Blanchette via Percy Hanley, that there was a unusual bird in the Cooling Pond on the Frigate Bay Golf Course. So that afternoon, off I went, traveled there after work to search for it. The Pond was absolutely […]
SECOND NEW BIRD FOR ST. KITTS IN 2021???
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, […]