Here is a great report from our summer 2023 tour by Mark Easterbrook

From August 22 to September 5, 2023, we had a standard 15-day tour with four birdwatchers.
The tour was very successful and we saw 350 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, not to mention many reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies!
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Boat-billed Herons arrive in breeding colony in the center of Paramaribo

On 29 April, 3 Boat-billed Herons have been spotted in the heronry at the mouth of the Sommelsdijckse Creek in the center of Paramaribo. On 5 May, 5 Boatbills have been counted, all 5th calendar year or older. There were no nests yet or any signs of building.

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Record of the highest number of birds seen on a tour in Suriname

In April 2018 Nick Athanas, Fred Pansa (at the Fredberg), Ashraf Tilburg, 3 American birdwatchers and me broke the record of the highest number of birds seen on a tour in Suriname. We found 409 species in 12 days, 376 have been seen. (Click here for the species list). The itinerary was almost similar to that of the standard 13 day-tour. To compare my result with that of the big international birding tour operators, we have to add Feral Pigeon, which they all put on their lists. I refuse to do so. If you put such a species on your list, you might as well go to the zoo.

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A new good news about the Cock-of-the-Rock

A young enthousiastic Saramaccan Bushnegro, named Fred Pansa, the director of Fredecotours, discovered 3 new leks in the area where he is building his lodges. One lek, with 3 active males, is just half an hour walking distance. Another lek has 10 active males.

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Boat-billed Herons breeding in center of Paramaribo

For more than 20 years there is a heron/egret colony in the center of Paramaribo near the mouth of the Sommelsdijckse Creek. Cattle Egret always has been the most numerous breeder with several hundreds of nests, but Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron are known to breed here from the beginning with in between 10 and 20 nests.

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