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Puerto Rico Jan/Feb 2012

From January 30 to February 04 2012 Sheridan Coffey and myself birded Puerto Rico - we rented a small car and birded without a guide, relying on trip reports found on the internet plus the recent book " A Birdwatcher's Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans".

Puerto Rican Woodpecker Melanerpes portoricensis: this lovely Melanerpes (like a cross between Lewis's and Acorn Woodpeckers!) is delightfully common throughout the island.

A pair hung around in the trees next to our cabin at our wonderful lodging north of Maricao at Maravilla (www.maravillamountain.com):
The female:

The male:

This one was from northeast of Fajardo as we saught out hummingbirds:

This one was next to Mary Leas' by the Sea, south of PR-333 near Guanica: