Birding sites Montserrat

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The lush, forested Centre Hills is renowned for its biological diversity and is home to the thirty-four (34) species of resident land birds and migrant songbirds that inhabit the island. Birdwatchers will delight in a chance to spot Montserrat’s rare national bird, the endemic Montserrat Oriole. If your guide is one of the experienced forest ranger, he may imitate its call and signal to you when it is in sight. You may also be able to see the Forest Thrush, the shy Bridled-Quail Dove, the Mangrove Cuckoo, the Trembler and the Purple-Throated Carib.

Blackwood Allen Trail

This trail through the Centre Hills incorporates some challenging steep climbs and deep valleys. The route traverses the Blackwood Allen stream where a variety of fresh water fish species can be found. A strategically placed viewing platform allows for panoramic views of the northern villages and the coastline below. The vegetation along the route includes an abundance of heliconia, Montserrat’s national flower, amongst other attractive plants. There is also the chance to spot the island’s national bird, the Montserrat Oriole. The trail runs from the Grand View Bed and Breakfast in Baker Hill to Mongo Hill.

Silver Hills Trail

Silver Hills, situated at the northern tip of Montserrat, is one of the island’s oldest volcanic centres. The defunct volcano presents a very diverse appearance, having been heavily dissected, faulted and eroded. The hike takes a circular route from Drummond, winding its way through dry forest, across open fields and over the Silver Hills, providing stunning views of land, sea and coastline. Many land and shore birds are found in this area, including the Red-Billed Tropicbird, the Mangrove Cuckoo and the Pearly-Eyed Thrasher. Pelican Point on the eastern coast is the only breeding colony of Magnificent Frigate birds on the island. The view from the Silver Hills provides an insight into how recent volcanic deposits in the south could appear with the passage of millions of years.

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