Salt Cay Birds

 

 

 

 

Birds that have been spotted on Salt Cay:

 

 

 

  • northern mockingbird
  • bahama mockingbird
  • bananaquit
  • royal tern
  • grey catbird
  • belted kingfisher
  • short billed dowitcher
  • red tailed hawk
  • sanderlings
  • white tailed tropic bird
  • reddish egret
  • great egret
  • snowy egret
  • cattle egret
  • mourning dove
  • common ground dove
  • mangrove cuckoo
  • smooth billed ani
  • bahana woodstar
  • yellow warbler
  • palm warbler
  • yellow throated warbler
  • black/white warbler
  • blue grey gnatcatcher
  • green heron
  • tri colored heron
  • little blue heron
  • great blue heron
  • black crowned night heron
  • brown pelican
  • blue winged teal
  • white cheeked pintail
  • northern pintail.
  • osprey
  • american kestral
  • american coot
  • killdeer
  • american oystercatcher
  • black necked stilt
  • greater yellowlegs
  • lesser yellowlegs
  • ruddy turnstone
  • western sandpiper
  • pink flamingo
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Kestrel
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Greater Flamingo
egret
Young Egret
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Banana Quit

 

KAYAK THROUGH THE SALT CAY MANGROVES

 

Glide along silently  in your kayak and observe the huge variety of birds  throughout the mangroves in the creek, where hundreds of birds can be spotted.

Birds  are found on the salt flats and also in the creeks, on the beach, in the bush and in the air. Enjoy bird watching on an island relatively free from development in the British West Indies.

Emblem of the Turks and Caicos Islands includes 2 pink flamingos and a pelican atop the crest

BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE

‘Beautiful by Nature’ is the National slogan of the Turks and Caicos Islands which is  rumored were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and now some 500 years later is being “rediscovered” as one of the fasted growing travel destinations in the Caribbean.

Famous for her secluded beaches, crystal clear turquoise blue waters, unspoilt reefs and dramatic walls this archipelago has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.

These days however visitors should pack beside their bronzing creams a good pair of binoculars! The Turks and Caicos has tweaked the interest of serious birders especially since  1992 when the government  set aside 33 protected areas of National Parks, Nature Reserves and Sanctuaries .Now over 190 bird species can be found at varying times of the year throughout the islands mainly due to the fact that the Bahamas  chain is an important route for migratory birds  between North and South America. Of these 190 species there are 52 known to breed locally. In 1990 the Southern coasts of North, Middle and East Caicos were designated a  RAMSAR site, an organization that protects endangered wetlands. Here in the lagoons ,salt ponds and mangrove swamps can be found over 61 waterfowl species including the rare West Indian Whistling duck and the Greater Flamingo featured on many postage stamps and the National emblem (pictured above) of the Turks and Caicos.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

The Turks and Caicos Islands are one of the last remaining British Colonies and located some 575 miles southeast of Miami Florida with the Bahamas about 30 miles to the Northwest and the Dominican Republic some 100 miles to the Southeast.

 The country. consist of two groups of islands, the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands which are separated by a 22-mile passage called the Columbus Passage. To the west are the Caicos group: West Caicos , Providenciales , North Caicos, East Caicos and South Caicos. To the east are the Turks group: Grand Turk and Salt Cay.

BIRD POSTAGE STAMPS OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS.

 

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Osprey in Turks and Caicos Islands
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West Indies Whistling Duck
found in Turks & Caicos Islands
2002birds2Postage Stamps of the Turks and Caicos Islands commemorate the wondrous birds found in this beautiful island nation.
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Greater Flamingo of Turks and Caicos Islands

oyster
American Oyster Catcher of
Turks & Caicos Islands

Please address questions regarding the commemorative Turks and Caicos Islands bird postage stamp collection to :
Email tciphilatelicbureau@tciway.tc

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1973 Edition of Bird Stamps of the Turks and Caicos Islands
¼c 66 Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus
1c 30 Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
2c 66 Brown Noddy Anous stolidus
3c 208 Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
4c 26 Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
5c 212 Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
7c 157 Black-whiskered Vireo Vireo altiloquus
8c 36 Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus
10c 22 American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
15c 29 Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
20c 230 Northern Parula Setophaga americana
30c 212 Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
50c 86 Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
1$ 233 Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
2$ 170 Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

 

Turks and Caicos Islands Bird Watching Links

The Fat Birder – Turks & Caicos Islands

Bringing up Baby – Hummingbirds

Flamingos – Heraldic Birds of Turks and Caicos

Birding Report on Turks and Caicos Islands

Herons of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Fabulous Falcons in Turks and Caicos Islands

Trip Report – Birding in Turks and Caicos

Checklist of Birds of Turks & Caicos Islands

LET US BOOK YOUR BIRD WATCHING VACATION ON SALT CAY!

 

Salt Cay Accommodations welcomes birdwatchers ! Enqure about our Salt Cay Vacation Accommodation for Turks & Caicos bird watchers. Call for pricing, discounts, and bird watching holidays.

Call +1  (649) 244-1407 or  E.Mail: mailto:piratequeen3@hotmail.com