#847 White-tailed Tropicbird in Bermuda

My wife and I picked Bermuda for our July 4th vacation because it was reasonably close, had nice weather, spoke English, and we’d never been there. Oh, yes, it only had one possible life bird for me to find so I wouldn’t spend the entire trip looking for birds instead of sightseeing with her.

That bird is the White-tailed Tropicbird, locally known as the Longtail. The Bermuda Petrel or Cahow is out at sea at this time of year. However the White-tailed Tropicbird is common. You can also see these from East Coast pelagics in the United States, sometimes even from New York shores if there’s a hurricane; but they’re far easier to find here. They’re like looking for Laughing Gulls at Coney Island.

I’m reasonably sure I saw some from the cab from the airport, but I couldn’t be quite certain. However as we had lunch on the hotel veranda while waiting to check into our room, several definitive White-tailed Tropicbirds flew along the ocean parallel to the beach. #847! Now we can see sightsee at a leisurely pace for the rest of the trip. :-)

I never did get a good photo of a Tropicbird the entire trip. Perhaps next trip. Overall though it was a very unbirdy trip. Only 17 species the entire week:

  • Mallard
  • White-tailed Tropicbird
  • Great Egret
  • Yellow-crowned Night-heron
  • Common Gallinule
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • Great Kiskadee
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Gray Catbird
  • European Starling
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Sparrow

The Great Kiskadees were fun though.

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