Last Saturday was the May Global Big Day birdwatching event. Four local eBirders (Steve Schnoll, Sietse Nagelkerke, Tanya Deen, and I) spent over 35 cumulative hours crisscrossing Bonaire to find and count as many species as possible. Birding separately to accommodate COVID-19 protocols, we did cross paths on numerous occasions throughout the day.
For the intrepid birders, the “day” began at 5:00 AM and finished at 7:30 PM, well after sunset. We walked the shorelines of the island’s salinas, beaches, and salt ponds, and we trekked the island’s dry forests and fields with the hope of meeting or beating Bonaire’s Global Big Day record of 91 species (October 2020).
Although Global Big Day occurred a bit late in our spring migration, we still found a nice number of migrating shorebirds and many were displaying the beginning of their elaborate summer (breeding) plumage.