Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Woodpecker courtesy of Erick Xavier Pérez Guzmán 1000Puerto Rican Woodpecker Erick Xavier Pérez Guzmán 1000

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The forest at Bosque Pomac is even more parched than at Laquipampa, but it is home to endemics like the Peruvian Plantcutter. Photo by Alfredo Fernandez.

Days 1 and 2 of the World Birding Rally took us into tropical forest, in nearly full sun beneath the thin shade of dusty trees and cacti. It was a stark introduction to the unique Tumbesian region, where an unusual climate has helped create a birder’s wish list of endemic species.

Birding Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware

Red Knot at Bombay Hook NWR /USFWS

Bombay Hook is a key rest stop on the Delaware Bay for thousands of migrating shorebirds every spring and fall, as they fly north to their breeding grounds and return south again. At low tide, they feed by the thousands on the salt marsh mudflats and in freshwater impoundments. Common species include Semipalmated Sandpipers, Dunlin… Read more »

White Ibis at J.N, 'Ding' Darling NWR by Steve Hillebrand

'Ding' Darling is a much-visited refuge on Sanibel Island best known for its spectacular populations of colorful wading birds, such as Roseate Spoonbills, Brown and American White Pelicans, Wood Storks, White Ibis and Snowy Egrets.

El Yeso Valley is visually stunning and popular with visiting birders. The valley is part of the Andean uplands and requires a full day of exploration to be fully appreciated.

Santiago is a pleasant base for several days of diverse birding and the chance to see several of Chile’s endemic birds.