LAST SPACES NOTE
Only one space remains open on our Mar 4, 2018 departure.
Jamaica is one of the hotbeds of avian endemism in the West Indies, with at least 27 species found nowhere else. Add to those a host of regional specialties and numerous wintering wood-warblers and you've got an irresistible birding destination close to the United States. It doesn't hurt that we'll be based entirely from a single hotel on a lush tropical island with fabulous food, vibrant culture, and world-renowned music! In just five days of birding, we stand a good chance of encountering all of Jamaica's endemics, from the fabulous streamertails to the taxonomically curious Orangequit.
Green Castle Estate is a picturesque home overlooking 1650 acres on the northeast coast of Jamaica. This safe and isolated property is managed for a cross section of habitats hosting more than half of Jamaica's endemics. A Jamaican Mango might be buzzing outside your window when you wake up. Jamaican Spindalis, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Woodpecker, and Jamaican Tody can all be seen while holding your cup of local coffee or organic juice freshly squeezed from the estate's orchards. The trails on site should yield other endemics such as Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo, Jamaican Becard, Sad Flycatcher, and White-chinned Thrush.
In order to round out our list of endemics, we will take field trips to the John Crow Mountains, the Blue Mountains, and Cockpit Country. Our higher-elevation targets will include Ring-tailed Pigeon, Crested Quail-Dove, Yellow-billed and Black-billed parrots, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, and the odd Jamaican Blackbird. We will make stops along the coast to sample Jamaica's cuisine and to look for tropicbirds, frigatebirds, shorebirds, and herons.
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