We have several full hours of raw bird behavior footage from our first trip, so it’ll be a while before we have much processed to the point of sharing here, but I thought it’d be nice to have a quick preview of some things to come once we’re back from our second trip to the Blue Mountains.
In the video above, you can see four relatively common bird species in Jamaica: the American Kestrel, Northern Mockingbird, Merlin, and Orangequit. The first three species can be found in the United States but have resident populations in Jamaica, while the last is endemic to the island. The behavior exhibited in the video is typical of all the species. American Kestrels and Merlins perch on a high spot like most raptors and observe everything for signs of prey; Northern Mockingbirds find a good place to sing from a tree and run through their repertoire of mimicked songs; and Orangequits eat fruit (in this case, soursop) together in small foraging flocks but get a little competitive when it comes to the best area to stand on the food source.
Come back in the next couple days for another video of Jamaican bird behavior!