Bon Accord Mangroves and Bucco Swamp

Rainforest Tour #1 / Rainforest Tour #2 / Grafton Sanctuary & Arnos Vale
Little Tobago / Birding Packages


The Tour:
We will begin our tour by making our way to the far northwest coast of the island to Bon Accord Lagoon to explore the Pigeon Point mangroves, freshwater Bucco Swamp marshes and the unlikely but always "productive" (in terms of bird sightings) drainage channels and ponds that comprise the Bon Accord Treatment plant.

After paying the entrance fee (currently TT $12 pp) we will enter a predominantly red mangrove forest in search of the birds that frequent the area such as Copper-rumped and Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Bare-eyed Thrush, Gray Kingbird, Barred Antshrike and Mangrove Cuckoo.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
courtesy of Roger Neckles

At the tidal pool at the tip of the peninsula we'll look for various wading birds: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Little Blue, Tricolored and Green Herons, American Golden and Black-bellied Plover.

Once back at the van we'll make a quick stop at the Bon Accord Treatment Ponds on our way out of the area to see if there are any wading or shorebirds we "missed" in the mangroves such as the Black-crowned Night Heron, Snowy, Little and Cattle Egrets or Black-bellied Whistling-ducks. We'll also search the surrounding trees for the Belted Kingfisher and depending on the season, listen for migrant warblers before heading for the Buccoo Marsh.
At the entrance to the Marsh visitors are asked to donate TT$1.00 per person to the groundskeeper. The coconut and guava trees along the entry provide us with an excellent place to view the Red-crowned Woodpecker as well as the White-fringed Antshrike.

Once at the marsh, we'll search its edges for shorebirds such as Spotted and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Southern Lapwing and the swamp itself for White-checked Pintail and other ducks (including some North American migrants.)

Southern Lapwing
courtesy of Roger Neckles

Duration: Departure 7:00 a.m. 6 hours approximate

Price: US $90.00 per person including tax. Minimum of 2 persons.

Included: Van transfers, guide, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Checklist.
Not Included: Pigeon Point Mangrove entrance fee of TT $12 per person, TT $1per person Bucco Swamp entrance, optional guide gratuities not included.

What to Wear: Light weight long pants are best suited for protection against insects, however shorts may be worn as well. Water proof sport shoes or sandals are highly recommended. As with all tours, bringing a change of clothes or at minimum a spare T-shirt to keep in the van is advisable during the rainy season as well (June to December.)

Packing Considerations: Light back pack with binoculars, camera, pencil/pen for completing Checklist, bird book, water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, Kleenex or TP Kleenex or TP (there are no rest rooms available) and a small amount of money - preferable TT - for entrance fees and for the purchase of beverages and/or snacks en route.

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