Birding Cuba

Birding Cuba

Birding Cuba, April 2016 by David Bredehoft. Spring Migration Cuba Bird Survey: Cuba’s Western Mountains, Zapata Peninsula, Northern Archipelago, Escambray Valley and Havana in April 2016 Trip arrangements by Caribbean Conservation Trust 353 West Todd Street, Hamden,...
Thick-billed Vireo

Thick-billed Vireo

The thick-billed vireo is a small songbird. It breeds in the West Indies in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Tortuga Island in Haiti and on cays off the coast of Cuba. We found this bird on Cayo Paredón Grande. [envira-gallery...
Cuban Endemic’s

Cuban Endemic’s

Cuban Endemics The main purpose of our trip to Cuba was to find and identify the endemic birds on the island of Cuba and outlying Cays.  Endemic is defined as ” native or restricted to a certain country or area”.  Our group saw 24 of the 26 possibilities....
Orlando H. Garrido

Orlando H. Garrido

After lunch our first day, we were treated to an audience with Orlando H. Garrido, author of Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba.  Orlando described and showed us the 26 Cuban endemics that we were hoping to see during our stay. Besides being a world class Cuban...
Birding in Miami

Birding in Miami

On April 1st of 2016, I joined a group of 14 birders from Minnesota for a first trip to Cuba.  We contracted with the Caribbean Conservation Trust travel agency to handle logistics.  our group gathered in Miami the day before due to the early flight.  In the...
Planning our Cuban Adventure

Planning our Cuban Adventure

Tina and I have paid a deposit to hold a spot on a spring 2016 birding adventure to Cuba.  I have wanted to visit Cuba since the 1960’s when I discovered cars.  A friend and local birder, Dr. Bob Holtz has put together a 10 day trip visiting Cuba’s Western...