Noteworthy bird sightings: October 2010

In the month of October a Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus pallidicaudus) was seen in the Caroni Rice Fields. The bird was perched on an elevated bank of dirt in a harvested field. This is just the second documented report form Trinidad and Tobago. The first documented record was of two birds in 2001, also in the Caroni rice project.

Asio flammeus pallidicaudus

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus pallidicaudus)

Also seen in Caroni that day were two Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), migrant Icterids from North America. A separate group of at least 5 birds was observed feeding in the South Oropouche Lagoon on October 30th. They usually migrate in large numbers and a flock of 20 plus birds is not unusual.

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

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