Birding in Paradise

Purple Honeycreeper, male, at Asa Wright Nature Center

Purple Honeycreeper

I’ve been at Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad since last Friday night, and I must say that birding in the tropics in February is absolutely a wonderful way to pass the winter!

Asa Wright Nature Center is a restored coffee and cocoa plantation that is now devoted to preserving the birds, plants, and other wildlife of this island country.

The “Veranda” at this world-renowned nature center looks out over the Arima Valley in the highlands of Trinidad. The veranda is surrounded by landscaping to attract many birds, as well as lots of hummingbird feeders and fruit feeding stations.

Your first morning on the veranda is a wondrous event! As the sun rises and you grab a cup of coffee and a stool at the railing, make sure you’ve got your camera ready because soon you’ll be surrounded by beautiful bird song and some of the most beautiful birds you’ve ever seen!

I’m here under the expert guidance of Megan Crewe of Field Guides Birding Tours to celebrate my 20th anniversary, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by getting to see some beautiful birds on a tropical island!

Violaceous Euphonia

Violaceous Euphonia, male, at Asa Wright Nature Center

Green Honeycreeper

Green Honeycreeper, male, at Asa Wright Nature Center

Green Honeycreeper

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee at Asa Wright Nature Center

And so much more!

Please enjoy these photos of my trip, and I’ll tell you more about it when I return home!

Learn more about Megan Crewe at Field Guides Birding Tours, and follow Field Guides on Facebook. Also see the triplist of the birds and other critters we got to see on this trip to Trinidad and Tobago.

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Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.

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