Bird Notes: On the lookout for winter migrants to Sister Islands

This time of year is a great time to spot some northern visitors joining the native birds in the Sister Islands.

North American migratory birds that can be found on Cayman Brac include oven birds.

“These are cute little birds that like to walk around the forest floors,” noted Paul Watler of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

They are joined by fellow northerners grey catbirds, barn swallows, American red starts, black throated blue warblers, palm warblers, and yellow throated warblers.

“Of course, you can spot Cayman Brac parrots on the Brac all year long. They love this weather so they should be very active,” said Mr. Watler. He said the parrots have made a significant comeback since their population was impacted by Hurricane Paloma in 2008.

“The last information from the Department of Environment was that they were doing fine, the numbers are back up to pre-Paloma so we are happy all around,” he said.

Other Brac native birds of interest include the red-legged thrush which is found only on the Brac – a native, endemic subspecies, found on the bluff in the forest.

Brown boobies usually nest on the bluff and are easy to spot on the lighthouse path.

On Little Cayman, local birds of interest include red footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds.