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Birding Trip to Jamaica -- January 2012

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January 11. Duncans to Windsor and Copse.

Up early, we drove into the Cockpit Country at Windsor. We birded the forest and a coffee plantation where Matt's students were catching birds. We saw a Bananaquit, White-throated Thrush, Yellow-shouldered Grassquit, and Ovenbird in the hand.

After lunch at Windsor Research Station, we stopped briefly at the Falmouth Highway Ponds and saw herons, American Coots, Common Gallinules, and Caribbean Coots.

Continuing, we drove to Montego Bay and turned south to Copse. The Copse House is at the edge of a rural area overlooking a large plantation. We birded the grounds before dinner, seeing Jamaican Peewees, Sad Flycatchers, and lots of Orangequits. Later, we headed out into the darkness and called in three Jamaican Owls. Back on the porch, we were treated to fireflies and a jungle-full of frogs.

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Birding deep in the Cockpit Country looking for Crested Quail-Dove
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Birding deep in the Cockpit Country -- still looking
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What the heck kind of tree bark is this?
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Cockpit Country is wet, limestone forest, and we saw the Quail-Dove
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Hiking through a shade-tree coffee plantation
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Shade-tree coffee plantation
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Coffee leaves
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Coffee beans on the shrub
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Matt's HSU students working with birds in a coffee plantation
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Matt's HSU students working with birds in a coffee plantation
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Ovenbird, a Neotropical Migrant
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Bananaquit; perhaps my favorite tropical bird!
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White-chinned Thrush
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Yellow-shouldered Grassquit
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Butterfly on a coffee leaf
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Tree snails roosting on a shade tree in a coffee plantation
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Windsor Research Station
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Copse House
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View north from back porch of the Copse House
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Our room in the Copse House

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