Smooth Billed Ani
We went to Puerto Rico for a long weekend to escape the cold of New Jersey. We stayed at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort which has achieved an Audubon gold rating for its preservation efforts. Although there was an island on the resort which they bill as a birding spot, the birds really weren't plentiful, perhaps because the resort recently opened. It was nice to see the nutmeg mannikin on the property, but otherwise it was the common Caribbean birds.
While relaxing on the beach and reading a birding book, we decided to visit the nearby El Yonque rain forest, a national park known for birding and we saw several species endemic to Puerto Rico, including the Puerto Rican woodpecker, our primary quest, but also the Puerto Rican Stripe-headed tanager, the national bird of Puerto Rico. We also saw the yellow shouldered blackbird but didn't get any photos.
Labels: Caribbean, Gray Kingbird, Killdeer, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, Puerto Rico, Red-legged Thrush, Smooth Billed Ani