Grafton Caledonia Bird Sanctuary
& Arnos Vale Tour 

Rainforest Tour #1 / Rainforest Tour #2 / Bon Accord Mangroves & Bucco Swamp
Little Tobago / Birding Packages


The Tour: We'll head west to the Grafton Sanctuary. Based on the site of a now defunct restaurant, the entrance area still has tables and benches on which to sit and bird watch as well as rest room facilities maintained on the property.

Depending on what we see and hear, we will likely start our tour by taking the longest of the three trails into the estate grounds, which takes us past several abandoned buildings and stables. Walking through the forest trails we are likely to spot Rufous-vented Chachalaca (called the 'Cocrico' locally), Blue-crowned Motmot, White-fringed Antwren, White-tailed Sabrewing, White-necked Jacobin, Black-throated Mango, Olivaceous and Buff-throated Woodcreeper, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Woodpecker and other forest edge dwellers. Blue-backed Manakin & Green-rumped Parrolet may also been seen at times.

Blue Crowned Motmot
Courtesy of
Roger Neckles


After leaving the Estate we will head toward the Arnos Vale Hotel to investigate the woods in the surrounding lanes and grounds of the hotel itself, which are littered with bird feeding stations.

In residence on the grounds, rather undisturbed by human presence, you can see Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Blue-black and Black-faced Grassquits, Blue-gray and White-lined Tanagers, and flying overhead, Green-rumped Parrolet.

We highly recommend all of our guests rent a car and consider returning to Arnos Vale Hotel on a free afternoon for the 4:00 p.m. bird feeding and high tea.
Duration: Departure 7:00 a.m. 6 hours approximate in total.

Price: US $80.00 per person including tax. Minimum of 2 persons.

Included: Van transfers, guide, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Checklist.

Blue-black Grassquit

Not Included: Optional guide gratuities not included.

What to Wear: Shorts may be worn in lieu of long pants as the paths we take are quite well maintained. Good walking shoes with socks are always recommended, however sneakers or sport sandals will generally be sufficient on this walk. 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 for the purchase of beverage and/or snacks en route.


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