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Birding Trip to Jamaica -- January 2012

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January 10. Boston Bay to Duncans.

In the morning, we again got up in the dark and headed into the mountains. Arriving at dawn, we hiked a trail into Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park just far enough to not run away when we got a drenching rain-forest downpour. Even with raincoats, most of us were wet by the time it finished. After the storm, the early morning sunlight revealed White-eyed Thrushes, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos, Stripe-headed Tanagers, Bananaquits, and more of the now-familiar Jamaican birds.

In the afternoon, we drove back west to Duncans, where we stayed in the very nice, Windjammer House. Before dinner, we wandered the neighborhood, finding trees filled with warblers, Zenaida Doves, Saffron Finches, and Jamaican Euphonias.

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Trail into Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
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Rainforest in Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
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After the downpour, birds begin to sing as they dry off
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Wet hikers begin to dry off, too
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Jim searching for Jamaican Peewee (a small flycatcher)
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Herlitz explains Jamaican geography at the National Park sign
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Departing trailhead parking at the National Park
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Shoreline Highway near Long Bay
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Shoreline Highway near Boston Bay
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We ate dinner here last night (take-out food from BBQ, eat at bar)
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Great Huts; downstairs inside the Queen of Sheba hut
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Great Huts; downstairs inside the Queen of Sheba hut
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Great Huts; front door (hobbit hole) inside the Queen of Sheba hut
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Walkway on grounds of Great Huts
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A single-room at Great Huts
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Front office, kitchen, dining room, and social area at Great Huts
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Interior dining area and kitchen at Great Huts
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Artful decor on grounds of Great Huts
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North Shore Highway near Port Antonio
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North Shore Highway in downtown Annotto Bay
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Snack break along highway in the town of Water Valley
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Liz and crew buying fruit along highway near the town of White Hall
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Kapok Tree near the Windjammer House with 7 species of birds
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White-crowned Pigeon in Kapok Tree

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