Birding on Bonaire during Global Big Day!
Bonaire, a small island located in the southern Caribbean, is a popular destination for birders, as well as divers, from around the world. The island is home to nearly 250 species of resident or migratory birds. In recent years, Bonaire has become a hot spot for birding enthusiasts, especially during the Global Big Day, a worldwide birdwatching event that takes place annually on the second Saturday of May.
Global Big Day is an exciting opportunity for birders to explore the diverse birdlife of Bonaire and contribute to the global birding community by reporting the species they observe. During this event, birders from around the world gather to observe and record as many bird species as possible in one day. The data collected during Global Big Day helps to shed light on the distribution and abundance of bird species and can be used to manage conservation efforts.
Bonaire is known for its abundance of tropical birds, including endemic subspecies of the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot and the Brown-throated Parakeet. Some of the most popular terrestrial birds to look for on the island include the brilliantly colored Yellow Oriole, the Venezuelan Troupial, and the two species of hummingbirds, the Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird and the Blue-tailed Emerald. In addition to these colorful species, Bonaire is also home to a variety of waterbirds, such as the White-cheeked Pintail, the Black-necked Stilt, and the island’s icon, the American Flamingo.
In addition to these resident species, May is also a great time to observe migratory birds as they pass through Bonaire on their way to their breeding grounds further north. Many of these migratory birds are on their way from South America to North America and stop on Bonaire to rest and feed. These birds are a delight for birders to observe and add to the already rich birdlife on the island.
You are sure to have a memorable and fulfilling experience on Bonaire during Global Big Day! Participating is easy. Wherever you are, you can be a part of the global community of birders. If you can spare at least 5 or 10 minutes, report your observations to eBird online or with our free eBird Mobile app. If you have more time, submit checklists of birds throughout the day at different times. Can you find more birds in the morning or in the evening? You never know what you might spot. Your observations help scientists better understand global bird populations through products like these animated abundance maps brought to you by eBird Science.