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Getting to Andros Island, The Bahamas is very easy!
We may be slightly off the beaten path, but that's a big
part of our appeal. Even though we're not in the center of a big tourist hub (thankfully!) we're really quite accessible.
(more info on getting to Andros)
More than 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Bahamas. One hundred and nine species breed in the Bahamas, 169 species are migrants or winter here, and 45 species are endemic. Some, like the Greater Flamingo and the Bahama race of the Cuban Parrot, can only be found in the wild on one or two of the islands.
Most of the breeding birds are part of the West Indian rather than North American avifauna, a fact that harkens back to the last Ice Age, when Andros was a mere five miles from what is now Cuba.
The best birding locations near Small Hope Bay Lodge and around Central Andros, Bahamas include:
Small Hope Bay Lodge hosts several birding groups throughout the year. For highlights of past birding trips see our historic birding reports for 1998 and 2000-2005. What follows is a list of birds sighted by a recent birding group at Small Hope Bay Lodge. "Key To List" shows areas in which birds were found.
Least Grebe TP, SAP Pied Billed-Grebe TP, SAP Brown Pelican SHBL Beach Least Bittern1 SHBL mangroves Great Blue Heron SHBL mangroves, FC boat ride, roadsides Great Egret SHBL mangroves, FC boat ride Little Blue Heron SHBL mangroves, FC boat ride, SC, DC Tricolored Heron SHBL mangroves Reddish Egret FC boat ride Cattle Egret SC Green Heron SHBL mangroves, LHC, SA ponds Yellow-crowned Night Heron SHBL mangroves White Ibis Davis Creek mangroves Glossy Ibis SAP Gadwall (BD) SAP Blue-winged Teal SAP, MPP, TP Turkey Vulture Everywhere! Osprey DC, SC, FC boat ride Merlin along road American Kestrel SC, SHBL mangroves Clapper Rail SHBL mangroves Sora SA pond Common Gallinule TP, MPP American Coot TP, MPP Limpkin (BD) SAR Black-bellied Plover LHC beach Semipalmated Plover LHC beach Lesser Yellowlegs SHBL beach Spotted Sandpiper SHBL beach Ruddy Turnstone SHBL beach Common Snipe TP Royal Tern SHBL dock Rock Dove SC, FC White-crowned Pigeon LHC Eurasian Collared Dove SC, SHBL, LHC Mourning Dove SC, SAR Zenaida Dove Along road Common Ground Dove Everywhere Mangrove Cuckoo SAR Great-lizard Cuckoo SHBL Smooth-billed Ani Everywhere Burrowing Owl FC Bahama Woodstar SC Cuban Emerald Pine forest Belted Kingfisher SHBL, FC boat ride Yellow-bellied Sapsucker SAR, SHBL Loggerhead Kingbird Along the road LaSagras Flycatcher SC, SHBL Cuban Pewee Pine forest, SC, SHBL Bahama Swallow FC bridge Blue-gray Gnatcatcher pine forest American Robin (BD) SC Gray Catbird Everywhere Red-legged Thrush Everywhere Northern Mockingbird SAR, along road Bahama Mockingbird SHBL, SAR White-eyed Vireo SAR Thick-billed Vireo Everywhere Yellow-throated Vireo SHBL, SC Black-and-White Warbler SHBL Worm-eating Warbler SHBL, SC Northern Parula Everywhere Yellow-throated Warbler Everywhere Yellow Warbler SC Black-throated Blue Warbler SC, FC Magnolia Warbler SHBL Cape May Warbler Everywhere Yellow-rumped Warbler SAP Pine Warbler Along road Palm Warbler Everywhere Black-throated Green Warbler SHBL Ovenbird SHBL, TP Northern Waterthrush SHBL Common Yellowthroat Everywhere Bahama Yellowthroat SHBL Maidenhair coppice Hooded Warbler SHBL American Redstart Everywhere Bananaquit SHBL, SC Red-winged Blackbird SHBL Black-cowled Oriole SC Baltimore Oriole SAR Northern Stripe-headed Tanager Everywhere Indigo Bunting SAR, SC Painted Bunting LHC, SHBL Greater Antillean Bullfinch Everywhere Black-faced Grassquit Everywhere Savannah Sparrow Everywhere
Key to List
FC = Fresh Creek
SC = Staniard Creek
DC = Davis Creek
SAR = San Andros Airport Road (25 mi from SHB)
SAP = San Andros Airport Pond (25 mi from SHB)
TP = Tarpon Pnds (near Lighthouse Club)
MPP = Mastic Point Ponds (35 miles from SHB)
SHBL = Small Hope Bay Lodge
LHC = Lighthouse Club
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