Noteworthy bird sightings: March 2011

An adult Rufous Crab Hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis) was observed at Los Gallos Swamp in Icacos in late March.

Rufous Crab Hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis). Photograph © Dave Smith

This species has been seen frequently at this tower since 2009 and my sightings here are as follows:

23 August 2009 – 1 bird

21 September 2009 – 1 bird

30 May 2010 – 2 birds mating on tower

26 March 2011 – 1 bird

Whether this species is now resident or is still just a visitor to mangrove swamps in Trinidad is not entirely clear.


#1 sanjiv parasram on 05.02.11 at 5:18 pm

I’m seriously slacking!!i should go down there to look for it when I’m at granville!when is the best time u think to spot it?is the tower easy to find?

#2 Administrator on 05.02.11 at 7:57 pm

Yeah it is easy to find. Take the road to Columbus Bay. Before you reach the first house, look to your left and you will see a tower. Anytime between 7:00 am and 10:00 am should be fine. If not, check back every 20 mins or so. Do not try to walk through the pasture to get closer. The field is infested with cattle ticks.

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