See The Birds
Jamaica, with its mountains and wild areas, is a wonderful place for
birdwatchers. The island is home to 200 species of birds, more than
20 of which are found only in Jamaica, as well as the many varieties
that have made Jamaica part of their migratory routine.
For up close and personal bird experiences, Rocklandís Bird Sanctuary
is hard to beat. Also known as Rocklandís Feeding Station, it is located
just a few miles outside of Montego Bay, close to a town called Anchovy.
The main attraction is the feeding of the birds, which allows for an
up close view of lovely hummingbirds and other varieties. There is an
$8 entrance fee, and a guided tour through the grounds, where numerous
birds can be seen, costs a bit extra. The hours are from 2pm to 5pm
daily, which is when the birds are fed.
Three of the four varieties of hummingbird in Jamaica reside at Rocklandís
Bird Santuary. These tiny birds will come right up to visitors when
offered a bottle of sugar water. Some will even sit on a finger as they
eat. Black-faced Grassquits, Yellow-faced Grassquits and Orangequits
will eat seed from the hands of visitors.
Near the outside birdfeeders, there are benches available for people
to sit and watch as various species come to feed. Among these are Jamaican
Orioles, Common Ground-doves, Caribbean Doves, Banaquits, and Greater
Antillean Bullfinch. The guided tour wanders through a nearby forest,
which is home to such birds as the Jamaican Woodpecker, White-chinned
Thrush, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Euphonia,
Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Becard, Vervain Hummingbird, Loggerhead Kingbird
and Sad Flycatcher. This area is also a migratory visiting spot to several
types of birds. These include the Black-throated Blue Warbler, American
Redstart and Northern Parula.
For those who prefer to see their birds in a more natural setting, there
are plenty of opportunities for bird watching in the many national parks
and nature reserves of Jamaica. Early morning is the prime viewing time
for most species.
The numerous hiking tours available in the area of the Blue Mountains
and the John Crow Mountains, as well as those available to explore parts
of Cockpit Country, will allow the birdwatcher to see a wide variety
of birds in their natural settings. For those interested in less strenuous
bird watching, the many parks and gardens attract birds throughout the
island. Hope Gardens and Castleton are a good place to catch sight of
some of the larger, more colorful varieties. Exploring the shores of
the Black River and in the area of Saint Elizabethís Parrottee Bay will
often allow the bird watcher to encounter native water bird species.
The birds of Jamaica are many and varied, and for this reason, the wilderness
areas of Jamaica have attracted bird watchers from all over the world.
In addition to species of birds that are found only in Jamaica, there
is a fascinating array of birds that pass through on their annual migratory
flights. The bird sanctuary offers an uncommon degree of interaction,
and is the perfect preparation for bird watching in the wild. Relaxing
or adventurous, Jamaica has the perfect bird watching setting for you.
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