While on our honeymoon I was able to see a few birds from our balcony while underway and also a few on the islands as we visited. Being a birder is not something that you can just turn off and on. No matter what you’re doing or where you’re at there are usually birds around and at least to me they are impossible to not notice!
From the ship itself I saw a couple of White-tailed Tropicbirds, some Red Phalarope and a couple of Brown Boobies. It is really quite amazing at how little you do see on the open ocean. Terri and I only saw Dolphins a couple of times and I saw a Whale breaching but couldn’t get Terri on it.
In port near St. Thomas there were Brown Pelicans, Brown Boobies and a couple of Magnificent Frigatebirds. Notably lacking were any Gulls.
On the island of St Johns in the Virgin Islands we saw a couple of really cool things besides the wonderful views. Terri saw this really cool Mongoose as I was taking pictures of a Zenaida Dove and I was fortunate enough to get it’s picture before it scurried off.
I picked up 3 lifers while visiting the islands. The Zenaida Dove, Pearly-eyed Thrasher and the Green-throated Caribbean Hummingbird. The most plentiful species was the Bananaquit with the Gray Kingbird coming in a close second.