Times of the Islands Winter 2019/20


Presents the "soul of the Turks & Caicos Islands" with in-depth features about local people, culture, history, environment, businesses, resorts, restaurants and activities.

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Cuban crows can only be seen in the Caicos Islands

outside of Cuba. TCI has an endemic subspecies of

thick-billed vireo, which is common throughout, and

one of Greater Antillean bullfinch restricted only to

Middle and East Caicos. White-tailed tropicbirds are

seasonal visitors to seaside cliffs in summer. Blacknecked

stilts are common in ponds and are both

easily identified and photogenic. Caribbean flamingoes

are always a favourite and are easily viewed in

great numbers on North Caicos and at close range on

Grand Turk.”

“In the winter months, migratory birds may

be seen on the ponds of the Provo Golf Course,

Wheeland Ponds on Providenciales, and at the Wade’s

Green Plantation high forest on North Caicos.”

“Seabird cays such as French Cay, Bush Cay and

the Southern Cays; and Long Cay off Grand Turk are

sanctuaries and landing is prohibited without a permit.

Thus, summer seabird observations must be

done from boats.”

“North and Middle Caicos are worth a visit for

potential life-listers including Key West quail-dove,

pearly-eyed thrasher, white-tailed tropicbird, Greater

Antillean bullfinch, thick-billed vireo, white-crowned

pigeon, smooth-billed ani, mangrove cuckoo, Bahama

mockingbird, and Cuban crow. Large migratory flocks

move through North and Middle Caicos quickly in

September and October and include bobolinks, blue

grosbeaks, and indigo buntings. Summer breeding

residents to these islands absent in winter include

Antillean nighthawks and gray kingbirds.”

“The salinas on Grand Turk are especially good

for photography as Caribbean flamingoes, brown pelicans,

snowy egrets, reddish egrets, tricolor herons,

little blue herons, black-necked stilts, and several

species of sandpipers are there unafraid of people

and very approachable. Magnificent frigatebirds are

often seen over the Grand Turk salinas.”

There is a series of booklets entitled, “Birding in

Paradise” targeted to the individual islands, and they

include suggested tour routes, bird lists, and information

on other flora and fauna and history. They

are available through the Turks & Caicos National

Museum Foundation or on the website www.ukotcf.

org.uk. Another good source is The Birds of the

Turks & Caicos Islands by Richard Ground. It is sold

in local bookstores and shops. a

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