Birds of St Thomas

Other possible titles:

  • Cry Fowl in the Caribbean.
  • Birds of a Color
  • Screechers.
  • St Thomas Bird Watching (outside of the bars.)

Now, I’m pretty good at identifying the birds we see out on the ocean. Some abundant like the Brown Booby and others rarer like the American Oyster Catcher. (See some PHOTOS here) But the birds that chirp outside my window in the morning I really don’t have a clue. There have been parrots and finches and doves and this one which actually perched in a tree near the cottage. A hawk. Now you all know by the time you get the camera and get the lens cap off these things are gone but I got a shot of him up in the sky. There is a lot of talk about Chicken Hawks on St Thomas because there are so many chickens, but I think this is a Red-tailed Hawk. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.  I’ve seen him gliding over the outer cays and over all parts of St Thomas. Beautiful.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

The other bird of St Thomas featured today is the Green Heron. (Again, feel free to correct me or better yet confirm that they are what I think they are.) This little guy I have seen recently down at the marina. Balancing on dock lines or hanging out under the pier. He blends in well and I usually only spot him after he lets out the incredible screech which is very disproportionate to his size. However this one was very easy to spot as he was standing defiantly on the bow of Deja Blue.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Now, obviously both of these birds have a color in their name, and both are found on St Thomas, but the other thing that both of these guys have in common is that they have an unmistakable screech. I do not have a recording of them to play for you here as making a recording and posting is beyond the scope of this blog and beyond the scope of what I am willing to do for this blog. But take my word for it. You will know them when you hear it.

Capt Wilson

Wait, I’m not all bad. Here are links to recorded sounds for them:

For more tropical birds check out our page [bird identification for the virgin islands]

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