Cuba November 2007
Wildlife Trip report
and Photographs

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A lot of North American Warblers winter in Cuba and many were easily seen and often responded very well to pishing, however none of them were particularly easy to photograph. Warblers were a major highlight.

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Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum) - The commonest warbler, easily seen around the Hotel



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Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis). Common.

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus) Baga Park and Loma de Cunagua


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American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) female above and male below. Not difficult to find on Cayo Guillermo.


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Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) Baga park


Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens)
reasonably common, sadly I didn't photograph any males which are stunning.


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Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina) a few seen around the hotel


Common Yellowthroat, (Geothlypis trichas) reasonably common

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) reasonably common


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Oriente Warbler (Teretistris fornsi) Cuban endemic, Baga Park and Cayo Paredon Grande


Northern Parula (Parula americana)
Lovely little birds seen several times during my two week stay but never very well, shame about the picture!

Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) reasonably common

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Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica) a few seen around the hotel


Cuban Vireo (Vireo gundlachii) Cuban endemic, Cayo Paredon Grande

Thick-billed Vireo (Vireo crassirostris) Cayo Paredon Grande

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) Cayo Coco


I ticked a total of 90 species over the two weeks including eight Cuban endemics, and spent only a few hours on mainland Cuba. In addition to the species mentioned in these pages the below species were also seen.

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea
Blue-winged Teal Anas cyanoptera
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serratus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavides
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
White-crowned Pigeon Columba leucocephala
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Cuban Blackbird Dives atroviolacea
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Cuban Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium siju
Heard Only
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Heard Only


Biggest dips

Great Lizard-Cuckoo Saurothera merlini (Two seen and id'ed by others, I just didn't get tickable views, gutted!)
West Indian Woodpecker Melanerpes superciliaris


I would recommend a Holiday in Cuba to anyone, birder or not since everyone from the party of 30 I went with (all non-birders) enjoyed it. All the Cubans we encountered were friendly and helpful. I can't imagine any birder not getting something out of it, I would love to go back and hopefully one day I will get the chance to do mainland Cuba properly. The ideal bird watching/ wildlife watching holiday in Cuba, would take in the Zapata area where many other endemic species can be found.

I hope you have enjoyed the photographs and information on these pages.

Richard Ford

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