Harry and I had a blast birding Oahu together on March 24, 2017!
Harry and I hit it off right away! Well, right after we both had beautiful views of his first life bird, the Oahu Amakihi, an island endemic. The other forest birds, although not native, were also exciting, as this was Harry’s first Hawaii birding adventure. For a complete species list on eBird click HERE
From the higher elevations of the gorgeous Ko’olau mountains we journeyed into Pia Valley for another island endemic forest bird, the Oahu Elepaio, an endangered monarch flycatcher species. I had been in Pia the day before my scheduled tour with Harry resetting rat traps to prevent the predation of elepaio eggs, chicks, and females for Pacific Rim Conservation. I was able to scout out the trail in advance for a great view of this rare bird with my new birding friend. To view our Pia species list on eBird click HERE
Since we had conquered both endemic forest bird sightings so quickly we had plenty of time to hit up the beach for Red-tailed Tropicbirds, Red-footed Boobies, a Brown Booby, a Great Frigatebird, a Brown Noddy, a Pacific Golden Plover and African Silverbills. Click HERE for our eBird list by Halona Blow Hole and HERE for our eBird list of species at Makapu’u.
We continued along Oahu’s picturesque coastline with turquoise blue water and powdery white sand through Waimanalo into Kailua for Hawaii’s endemic and endangered waterbirds: Black-necked Stilt, Hawaiian Coot and Hawaiian Gallinule. Harry and I finished our birding extravaganza in the enchanted rainforest of Manoa for feral cockatoo encounters just before the rain started. To view our waterbird eBird list click HERE and HERE, for our cockatoo sightings.
Mahalo again to Harry for your friendship and your continued support of Hawaii Birding Babe. I’m looking forward to a kiwi quest with you through Habitat Tours in New Zealand!