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Birding Trip to Jamaica -- January 2012

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Birding from the dining room at Great Huts

January 09. Boston Bay.

We got up in the dark and hit the road heading for the John Crow Mountains. We arrived at dawn, just as the White-throated Thrushes began calling. We walked the old road, finding birds such as Jamaican Blackbirds (the rarest of the endemic species), Jamaican Orioles, Jamaican Crows, Arrow-headed Warblers, Black-billed Parrots, and Yellow-billed Parrots.

During mid-day, some of us went to town to do some banking and get smoothies. It was hard translating currency because on the street, 1 dollar J is about 1 cent US; but at the ATM, 1 dollar J = 1 dollar US (actually 1.00 J cost about 1.20 US). Thus, on the street, a hotdog combo with fries and a drink cost $250 (or about $3 US).

In the afternoon, we drove back to the John Crow Mountains and visited Reich Falls (aka Reach Falls). Some of us swam in the falls, while others found Jamaican Todys, Rufous-tailed Flycatchers, Black-billed Streamertails, Orangequits, and a Louisiana Waterthrush.

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Birding Ecclesdown Road in the John Crow Mountains
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Liz with cool plants along Ecclesdown Road
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Birding Ecclesdown Road in the John Crow Mountains
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Rain forest in the John Crow Mountains
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After several miles of narrow road, we saw this road sign
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Black-billed Streamertail hummingbird
black-billed parrots
Green birds in a sea of green leaves: Jamaican Black-billed Parrots
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Driving on Ecclesdown Road
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Mid-day in Antonio Bay
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Food seems expensive (hint: 1 dollar Jamaican is about 1 cent US)
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Mid-day in Antonio Bay
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Mid-day in Antonio Bay
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Negotiating with trail guides at Reich Falls
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Reich Falls in John Crow Mountains (view upstream)
Riech Falls
Reich Falls in John Crow Mountains (view downstream)
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Liz in downpour at Reich Falls
Riech Falls
Wild nutmeg fruits, including husk
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Wild nutmeg fruits; the black seed is ground for spice
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Fringed hibiscus (Hibiscus schizopetalus)
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Jamaican Tody, a kind of kingfisher, that lives in the forest

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