SEASCAPE INN.....outdoor adventure or peace and solitude...it's your vacation, you decide.
Our Bed and Breakfast Hotel is fortunate in that a portion of our property includes a natural wetlands. We have taken care to disturb it as little as possible. Mangrove Cay enjoys an abundance of both resident and migratory birds. Several species can be seen on the property or you can explore other parts of the island by bike or by hiking.
Here are 10 species that we saw that would (in my opinion) be of high interest to bird‐watchers.
The Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi) is a species of bird in the Icteridae family. It is endemic to the Bahamas. The taxon was formerly lumped with the Cuban Oriole (Icterus melanopsis), Hispaniolan Oriole (Icterus dominicensis), and Puerto Rican Oriole (Icterus portoricensis) into a single species until all four were elevated to full species in 2010.
Historically, the Bahama Oriole has been known only from two major islands in the Bahamas: Abaco and Andros. It became extirpated from Abaco in the 1990s, and today remains only on Andros in the Bahamas. It can be found on the three major islands of Andros: North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros. It may also occur on some of the smaller cays, especially if palm trees are present, but current documentation is lacking. The species was recently recognized as critically endangered by Birdlife International, with recent population estimates of 300 or fewer individuals remaining.[
Bahama Swallow breeds only in pineyards on four islands in the northern Bahamas: Andros, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and New Providence. The breeding population on New Providence is, at the very least, greatly reduced from historical levels, and may in fact be extirpated as a breeding species.
The Bahama Woodstar is common to the Bahama Islands. They are found in many different habitats on all the islands. There are 2 subspecies‐lyrura inhabits Inagua Island, and evelynae is found on all remaining islands.
The Great Lizard Cuckoo (Coccyzus merlini) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. The species is also known as the Cuban Lizard Cuckoo. It is found in The Bahamas (on Andros, Eleuthera and New Providence) and Cuba.
The Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in a wide range of semi‐open habitats in Cuba and the Bahamas.
Western Spindalis is found in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
La Sagra’s Flycatcher breeds on Cuba, the northern Bahamas and Grand Cayman in the West Indies. It is normally a year round resident, however has been known as an occasional vagrant to southern Florida.
Bahama Mockingbird is found in the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and is a vagrant to the United States.
The Thick‐billed Vireo, Vireo crassirostris, 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.
The Greater Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla violacea) is a species of bird in the Emberizidae family. It is found in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.
Here are a couple of more widely spread species, but these may still add interest for birders.
The Black‐faced Grassquit, Tiaris bicolor, is a small bird formerly placed with the Emberizidae. It is now recognized as a tanager closely related to Darwins finches. It breeds in the West Indies except Cuba, on Tobago but not Trinidad, and along the northern coasts of Colombia and Venezuela.
White‐crowned Pigeon is a resident breeder mainly in the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica and Antigua. It breeds in smaller numbers in Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Anguilla and other Caribbean islands. It also breeds along the Caribbean coast of Central America. In the United States it is found only in the Florida Keys and the southern tip of mainland Florida.
The Smooth‐billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) is a large near passerine bird in the cuckoo family. It is a resident breeding species from southern Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, parts of Central America, south to western Ecuador, Brazil, and northern Argentina.
The mangroves behind your Inn are also a good place to see Clapper Rails and Soras which, while fairly common and widespread, generally can be hard to spot.