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Winter birds arriving 2018

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The winter birds are arriving for their annual holiday in the Blue Mountains. Traditionally, this is a busy time for us at Lime Tree Farm with keen birders from all over the world visiting. As a tropical island, Jamaica is a bird haven all year round. Over the course of a year and counting the wide range of migrant species, more than 300 bird species may be seen in Jamaica. Of them, more than 125 breed on the island, and 28 are found nowhere else in the world. We offer competitive birding packages individually tailored to suit any itinerary.

New Birding Site Near Lime Tree Farm

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We have recently found a real gem of a birding site on our doorstep – The Old Mine Road is named after a Marble Mine that used to be mined in the 70’s deep in the forest just 15 minutes drive from here. This is the last real pocket of indigenous forest close to us & is an oasis of Blue Mahoe, cedar & other beautiful old trees.

The birding is excellent with many Endemic species spotted including the Crested Quail Dove, Blue Mountain Vireo, Chestnut Bellied Cuckoo & many more, a perfect first days birding for guests who have arrived after a long flight & don’t fancy the longer drives to our other sites on their first day.
This is birding season at it’s height & we’ve had some very successful visits lately so if you thinking of Birding from Lime Tree Farm you can contact me by email, charlie@limetreefarm.com or make a booking on our website, www.limetreefarm.com.
Greg & Yvonne Dean & guide Lyndon

Mountain Witch sighted at Hollywell on a Excursion from Lime Tree Farm

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Jamaican birdwatching in the summertime is not quite up to the proliferation of Birds that are sighted in the spring, nevertheless, Doctorbirds (Red billed streamertails )are everywhere. In the early morning the cries of flocks of Yellow Billed parrots “going bush” to feed can be heard from Lime Tree Farm, as they return in the evening with full bellies they are even louder and can’t be missed.

On a recent excursion to Hollywell National Park from Lime Tree Farm with some guests we spotted a “Mountain Witch” – Crested Quail Dove. This bird with it’s strange dancing walk is endemic to Jamaica and can be difficult to sight.