Migratory Birds Visit the Trust
MIGRATORY BIRDS VISITS THE TRUST
(Sept 2016- Information provided by Mr. Rishi Goordial)
Trinidad and Tobago is truly fortunate to have a listing of 482 birds that have been sighted and recorded. Some of these are migratory birds that visit T&T during the North American winter season. Many of them forage at their same favorite feeding grounds each year. The P-a-P WFT is happy to see a few of these avian visitors.
The journey to T&T is long and perilous covering thousands of kilometers across open oceans. The larger birds like raptors usual travel by day making use of thermals to enhance their soaring abilities. (Swifts and Swallows may also use the daytime route.)
The smaller song birds prefer to migrate by night when it is cooler and thereby evade the raptors.
The Artic Tern has the longest migration distance traveled on record, reaching as far as the southern tip of South America. Artic Terns with foot-bands were recorded in roundtrip journeys between its breeding grounds and wintering grounds of up to 22,000 miles.
Thousands of migratory birds do not make it back to their summer homes due to various reasons which include: - hunting, collision with tall buildings with glass windows, light pollution which hamper their navigation, habitat loss, exhaustion and predation.
This year -so far -three migratory birds have been sighted at the Trust.
The Yellow Warbler:-
The American Redstart:
The Spotted Sandpiper (in non-breeding plumage)