Global Big Day: Help count birds on Curacao May 13 2017

2nd time Curaçao participates in Global Big Day Bird telling kust Bird telling tuin In 2016, it was the first time Curaçao participated on a larger scale in the so called Global Big Day, an international event in which thousands of people all over the world went into nature to spot birds and count them. In nature areas, parks and gardens data was acquired after which these were handed over to coordinating organization or uploaded directly on the special birdwatching […] Read more »

2016 – A year in birds on Curaçao | a new publication

2016 – A year in birds on Curaçao Download: Vogelboek CFF 2016 lr In January 2015 a team of bird enthusiasts started the Bird Watching Curaçao Facebook page under guidance of the Curaçao Footprint Foundation. All administrators of the page followed the extensive Birds of Curaçao (ornithology) course of the foundation. They wanted to stay active to keep up with the bird information of the region and the island, and to train field identification skills. The main focus of the […] Read more »

Global Big Day: Help us count birds on May 14

Identification cards: Bird telling tuin (garden) & Bird telling kust (shore) On Saturday, May 14, thousands of people worldwide go into nature for bird watching and bird counting. Some people just count in the backyard, and others in a nature reserve. The Global Big Day, as the day is called, is organized by the Cornell Ornithology Lab, and is intended for anyone who enjoys nature and wants to do something fun and educational. Young and old can join! Bird watching […] Read more »

Breeding season of seabirds starts!

Royal terns, Laughing gulls, stilts, Killdeer Plovers. All of these species are preparing for the start of the breeding season with partner rituals, mating, hatching eggs and helping the chicks on the fragile path to adulthood. Fragile and less successful every year, unfortunately, because the locations these animals need to successfully reproduce are disturbed on an ever larger scale by people, who are often unaware of the damage they cause. Damage in the form of broken eggs and defenceless chicks […] Read more »

Unsustainable fear

I would have loved to enter the year 2015 with a sense of hope, but I couldn’t. Simply because I live on the Caribbean Island of Curacao, on which the bulk of the population is imprisoned by fear. We’ve all seen the facebook profile pictures depicting ‘je suis Charlie’ or something similar, but if the owners of these friend pages would have been honest with themselves they would not have posted these images. Because they are not Charlie at all. […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Neotropic cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

If you ever drive past the the water treatment plant of Klein Hofje in the early morning of late afternoon you can sometimes see black birds, sitting on the edge of the water basins with their wings spread out in the sun. These are cormorants. These animals can also be regularly spotted at coastal locations, such as the Seaquarium. This bird is approximately 60 centimeters long and completely dark, almost black, in color. The most striking features of these cormorants […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) MIGRANT

Few people will notice this common water guest, unless they are observing well. The 14-centimeter long bird is has a dark brown color on the upper parts and a cream-colored to yellowish belly showing dark stripes or dots. In addition, the animal has a yelow-white stripe on the head which crosses the eye. The most striking feature of the animal is the way it moves around: upright and with a whipping tail. This is usually the behavior which attracts attention […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

The Blue-winged Teal is one of many species of ducks which can be found on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. If you really want to observe the animals now, while the dams are still dry, the water treatment plants on the islands are the best bet to find them. You will find the birds, sometimes in huge numbers, on the edges of the water tanks which make them relatively easy to observe, even though they are shy. Blue-winged […] Read more »

The shiny nest robber

About two weeks ago, while clattering away on a keyboard in our office, an unfamiliar twittering sound got my attention. A quick peek at the trees in front of the office window revealed the culprit, and then some! We have written about the Yellow Oriole (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis) before (see this post, and this post), being the possible victim of the invasive Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis), but the sight in the tree proved this hypothesis to be totally true, unfortunately. […] Read more »