GuideLocal Guide
DatesAny Time
Birding Days6.5
Ground Price£2350
Flight ex UK£450
Local Guide chosen from our selection of excellent guides. We take care to choose locally-based guides who know the birds of their locality. They ensure you get a bird-filled tour, with the additional benefit of first-hand knowledge of the culture of the country.
One of the larger Caribbean islands, Jamaica holds more endemic species than neighbouring Cuba. The majority of these are easy to find, and, indeed, can be found within the grounds of our lodgings. Based at two eco-hotels in the east of the country, Lime Tree Farm and Mockingbird Hill, we are well away from the main tourist areas, and on the fringes of the Blue Mountains. On the trip, we should be able to find all the endemics and many localised Caribbean species.
Between the airport and our lodge, we should see Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Royal and Forster’s Terns and several shorebirds. Lime Tree Farm is set up on top of a hill in the Blue Mountains, and is an eco-lodge. It is also a working coffee farm, and in the area around the lodge, endemics include Jamaican Woodpecker, Orangequit, Jamaican Spindalis and Jamaican Euphonia. Areas nearby are excellent for Jamaican Tody. From here, we will visit Hardwar Gap for some of the more scarce species, including Jamaican Phoebe, Crested Quail Dove, Jamaican Becard, Rufous-tailed and Sad Flycatchers and, with luck, Jamaican Blackbird. Yellow-billed and Black-billed Parrots can both be seen. The northern side of the mountains has Red-billed Streamertail, and Plain Pigeon should be about.
Heading north from here, we reach the coast at Port Antonia, where Hotel Mockingbird Hill will host us. The gardens here hold Chestnut-bellied and Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Oriole, Jamaican Mango, Black-billed Streamertail, Arrowhead Warbler, Caribbean Dove, Jamaican Oriole and White-chinned and White-eyed Thrushes. In the northern winter, Black-throated Blue Warblers and American Redstarts are common here. We will also visit the John Crow Mountains, which are the best spot for Jamaican Blackbird, and also good for Jamaican Crow, and Black-billed Parrot. We finally spend a night in Kingston before flights home