by Bruce Patterson
After a two hour delay on the tarmac due to engine problems and a drunken newly wed in diabetic shock we managed to get off the ground and arrived in the DR to rain and overcast skies.
I was very delighted to be greeted at the airport by cattle egrets
of common house sparrows) and wild chickens. We didn't have to
at all for the following list and most of the
warblers seen were in the sea grape tree that overhung the spot on the beach where we parked our beach chairs every day.
The highlights of the trip were watching a pair of Bananquit's build a nest outside of our unit and all of the various hummingbirds that were constantly flitting here and there.
The List is as follows:
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Ground Dove
White Collared Swift
Gray Kingbird (our 6:00 o clock alarm call)
West Indian Red-bellied Woodpecker
Greater Antillean Grackle (ate breakfast with us every morning)
We stayed in the area of Playa Dorada at the Playa Naco Golf and Tennis Resort and all of the reported birds were observed in the immediate area or flying overhead.
Bea and Bruce Patterson
Wheatley Ontario (Around the Corner from PT Pelee)