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Birding Trip to Jamaica -- January 2012

Green Castle Estate
Front Porch - Dining Room at Green Castle Estate

January 07. Miami to Jamaica. Arrive Montego Bay, drive to Annotto Bay.

We had a pleasantly uneventful flight from Miami to Montego Bay. After negotiating customs and immigration, we were met by Herlitz at the airport. We met another couple and Matt there, then met the rest of the group at Sugar Mill B&B. They were off eating lunch, so we had a chance to bird the yard and were thrilled by Loggerhead Kingbirds (very common and seen everywhere), Vervain Hummingbirds (among the smallest hummingbirds), Red-billed Streamertails (hummingbirds with extreme tail feathers), Orange-faced Grassquits, and other amazing birds.

From Sugar Mill, we headed east along the North Shore Highway, arriving at Green Castle Estate in time to relax for a few minutes before dinner. After dark, we set out to find a Northern Potoo, but we found one in the tree adjacent to the front porch, so we canceled the hike and played with frogs and toads in the yard.

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International Departures at Miami-Dade International Airport
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Flying south and leaving the south tip of Florida behind
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Entering Cuban airspace
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Liz filling out Jamaican tourist visa forms
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Entering Jamaican airspace
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Mountainous interior of Jamaica
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Montego Bay from the air
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Meet-up at Montego Bay Airport
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Neighborhoods on the outskirts of Montego Bay
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North Shore Highway (note driving on the left side of the road)
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North Shore Highway at the town of Oracabesa
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Rain along North Shore Highway at the city of Port Maria
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Entrance to Green Castle Estate House
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Back porch at Green Castle Estate House
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Front gardens at Green Castle Estate House
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Back of at Green Castle Estate House (ocean view in background)
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American Kestrel, white-fronted Jamaican morph
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Loggherhead Kingbird
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Northern Potoo with eyeshine outside Green Castle Estate House
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Jim with Cane Toad (Marine Toad) at Green Castle Estate House

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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