Bonaire Rare Bird Sightings

As reported to eBird.

Rare bird sightings on Bonaire, as reported to eBird.

The report below shows observations of rare birds in Bonaire, and it includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations. This list is updated within 24 hours of a new rare bird sighting after it has been publically reported to Bird. Sightings are sorted by month.

April 2021

Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 08, 2021 11:00 by Charlie Pemberton
- Willemstoren Lighthouse, Bonaire
- Comments: "A young bird was seen just before the lighthouse, traveling from the slave huts. It was dark in color, with head and wings appearing blackish, with white speckling on the wings and the white leading edge to the wings visible while seated. Tern-like in shape and size, appearing long-winged and lighter in color under the wings. It spent most of the time on the ground in amongst rocks but would fly a short distance when approached (c10m) and then sit again. At first, I thought it had a problem with one of its wings, but we were unable to catch it and it was able to fly short distances. Photo included."
Sooty Tern
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Apr 07, 2021 16:45 by Sietse Nagelkerke
- Amboina, Bonaire
- Comments: "Conspicuous eye-ring, no yellow behind bill, possible young bird? Obvious light crown, tiny sparrow, running in the ground. Allowed close approach when using playback, but didn't sing itself. Will try to take pictures later"
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2021 12:50 by Susan Davis
- BQ-Kaya Eindhoven (12,1804,-68,2919), Bonaire
- Comments: "Saw this bird visiting the bird bath in the garden for drinking and taking a bath. It was a small warbler, mostly brown, pale yellow chest, and a warbler bill. It had double white wing bars and white eye ring. I was able to observe it for several minutes before it took off. Unfortunately no pictures."
Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2021 06:50 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Flyover at main pond, very clearly discerned"

March 2021

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (2)
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 06:57 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed two different individuals, each one exhibited the same behavior. As I was walking through the tall grass, the sparrow flushed and perched briefly nearby where I could get a look at it, before diving back into the grasses."

January 2021

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Jan 21, 2021 16:41 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed swimming along the edge of a pond, blue/purple plumage easily seen, as well as tri-colored shield of red, yellow and powder blue."

December 2020

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) (1)
- Reported Dec 27, 2020 16:06 by Susan Davis
- Washington Slagbaai NP--Entrance, Lagadishi and Kasikunda, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in same location as other sightings earlier today and yesterday. Too far away for pictures."

November 2020

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 16:48 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in grassy field"
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 09:58 by Juni Sambo
- Lac Bay, Bonaire

October 2020

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 06:18 by Susan Davis, Peter-Paul Schets, Caren Eckrich, and Sipke Stapert
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen three times actively hunting"
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (5)
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 06:18 by Susan Davis, Peter-Paul Schets, Caren Eckrich, and Sipke Stapert
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in tall grasses"
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 17:28 by Susan Davis
- Lac Cai, Bonaire
- Comments: "Briefly observed in same location as prior sightings"
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 10:00 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Coast near Salina Frans, Bonaire
- Comments: "Adult, flying north"
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 17:30 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Immature"
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 17:31 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Lac Cai, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in same location as prior sighting"
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (150)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 10:00 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Washington Slagbaai NP--Pond near Park Entrance, Bonaire
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 06:04 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in same location as prior sightings"
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (2)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 12:34 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Bonaire--Salt Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Two seen actively hunting"
Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 09:08 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kaya Gavilan, Bonaire
- Comments: "One on the ground"
Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 06:04 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Flyover the pond"
Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 17:28 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Washikemba, Bonaire
- Comments: "Flyover"
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 11:18 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kaminda Lac Wetlands, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen flying over"
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:12 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in tall grasses"
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (22)
- Reported Oct 17, 2020 08:12 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in flyover"
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2020 06:26 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Lac Cai, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen with Yellow Warblers and Northern Waterthrush in scrub vegetation."
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2020 06:26 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Lac Cai, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen with Yellow Warblers and Northern Waterthrush in scrub vegetation."
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 15, 2020 06:30 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Still present"
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (3)
- Reported Oct 15, 2020 06:30 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "One carrying food, nearby hidden pond."
Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Oct 14, 2020 15:53 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Salt Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Small hawk observed hunting just before sunset, flying low over the ground with quick and powerful wing beats"
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (325)
- Reported Oct 13, 2020 10:30 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Washington Slagbaai NP--Pond near Park Entrance, Bonaire
- Comments: "Large flock, birds foraging in tall grasses"
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Oct 13, 2020 06:30 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Gotomeer, Bonaire
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 06:10 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Male eclipse, bird is already around for some weeks"
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 06:10 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Adult, very grey one,"
Peregrine Falcon (North American) (Falco peregrinus anatum) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 16:15 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Lac Cai, Bonaire
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (2)
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 06:10 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (3)
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 06:10 by Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 09:33 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in scrub vegetation"
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 06:36 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in same location as other sightings"
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (2)
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 09:33 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "One carrying food"Grasshopper Sparrow
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 09:33 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in grassy field"
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (10)
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 06:36 by Susan Davis and Peter-Paul Schets
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in a flyover"
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 06:20 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in the same pond as it was seen approximately 10 days ago. Although it took off shortly after I sighted it, the bill was distinctive enough to ensure identification."

September 2020

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 06:25 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in a different pond than before"
Solitary Sandpiper
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (6)
- Reported Sep 27, 2020 16:56 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Lagun, Bonaire
- Comments: "Six sighted in water pond by the roadside, in the company of two Pectoral Sandpipers.
Glossy Ibis
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) (1)
- Reported Sep 27, 2020 16:09 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Found in same location as Steve Schnoll’s observation earlier today."
Northern Shoveler
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2020 06:19 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in the same area as a prior sighting. It briefly landed on the tops of some grasses and then took off again."
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2020 16:06 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen and photographed sitting atop grasses. The first individual observed on Bonaire of the 2020 fall migration."
Bobolink
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) (2)
- Reported Sep 19, 2020 15:39 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Salt Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "One found in same location as September 18 and one was observed further south. Both harassed Green Herons out of their territories. One was foraging."
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 18, 2020 15:55 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Salt Ponds, Bonaire
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Identification confirmed by Peter-Paul Schets"
Striated Heron
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Sep 11, 2020 06:17 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in small pond near WEB"
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 7, 2020 06:17 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Identification confirmed by Peter-Paul Schets"
Striated Heron
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 06:22 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in the main pond."

August 2020

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (10)
- Reported Aug 22, 2020 07:53 by Susan Davis
- Salina de Vlijt, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen feeding in mudflats"
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (15)
- Reported Aug 21, 2020 15:27 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Southwest Shore, Bonaire
- Comments: "Cumulative count"
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) (10)
- Reported Aug 21, 2020 15:27 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Southwest Shore, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in two groupings, three in one and seven in another."
Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) (1)
- Reported Aug 15, 2020 10:26 by Michelle da Costa Gomez
- Kaminda Karpata, Rincon, Bonaire, Altamira, Bonaire
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (9)
- Reported Aug 14, 2020 15:35 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Southwest Shore, Bonaire
- Comments: "Eight observed in one pond and one found by itself in another pond"
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (12)
- Reported Aug 01, 2020 08:02 by Susan Davis
- Salina de Vlijt, Bonaire
- Comments: "Six pairs"
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2020 08:02 by Susan Davis
- Salina de Vlijt, Bonaire
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This bird was seen in a mixed shorebird grouping, including 12 Short-billed Dowitchers which were in rough pairings of two. This one was more on its own, and when it flew deeper into the salina, I heard a "keeeee" call. Before it flew deeper into the salina, it walked past two of the Short-billed Dowitchers, and it might have appeared that the bill was slightly longer, but I am not sure. Salina di Vliet is currently filled with rainwater."

July 2020

Willet (Tringa semipalmata) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 15:26 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Salt Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen hunting in a southern pond"
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2020 15:26 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Salt Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in flight over the salt pans in the same area where it has been observed over the past two weeks"
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2020 16:52 by Susan Davis
- Kralendijk Sewage Ponds, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed foraging at the side of the pond"
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) (1)
- Reported Jul 06, 2020 15:23 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire--Southwest Shore, Bonaire
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Observed in a mixed grouping of Royal Terns, Sandwich (Cayenne) Terns, and Laughing Gulls."

June 2020

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Jun 25, 2020 16:14 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in same vicinity as prior sightings"
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2020 16:21 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in the same general vicinity as previous sightings"
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2020 16:21 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in same location as previous sightings"
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 06:08 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed at main pond"
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Jun 13, 2020 06:40 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in same location as prior sightings"
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2020 15:48 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Observed in the same location as prior sighting"
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) (1)
- Reported Jun 13, 2020 06:40 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen in same location as prior sightings"
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (1)
- Reported Jun 13, 2020 06:40 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in same location as prior sighting, in breeding plumage"
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (1)
- Reported Jun 12, 2020 15:48 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Photographed in same location as Steve Schnoll’s prior sighting today"
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 06, 2020 16:56 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photographed by side of pond"
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jun 01, 2020 06:28 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Two observed in main pond"
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) (1)
- Reported Jun 01, 2020 06:28 by Susan Davis
- Bonaire - Sewage Works, Bonaire
- Comments: "Seen dipping to drink in main pond"

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