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I spent a short day birding with Anthony "Jerry" Jeremiah. Jerry worked out a very efficient itinerary that started at the Mount Hartman Dove Sanctuary. Alone 200 of the Grenada Doves remain, and Jerry found one. We moved on to a forest at the edge of the sea. Here we had numerous species of small birds, including a tiny baby Antillean Crested Hummingbird. We reach a large pond where I finally saw Caribbean Coots. We then drove up into the hills and despite the Hurricane Ivan damage we saw many birds including Lesser Antillean Tanagers. Jerry then took me behind the airport to a series of small ponds, primarily to see Little Egrets. Jerry was more excited to see a Wilson’s snipe, a tough bird to find in Grenada. We ended at gated hotel [Jerry is their resident guide] where Green Heron used a piece of bread to attract fish close to its beak. Overall we saw 42 birds and one mammal in six hours.
Jerry is a knowledgeable birder and bird finder. He worked hard to get us to the right place at the right time.
He was a pleasant companion, who, as a bonus, provided a concise commentary on island life as we travelled about.
I would recommend him highly as a bird guide to any one visiting Grenada.
- Cheers, Roy John, Canada
We had a great experience birding with Anthony Jeremiah (Jerry). He met us at the cruise ship dock in Grenada and took us to a number of great birding spots.
Jerry is not only an expert birder but also extremely knowledgable of all the local flora. Yes, I got a glimpse of the Grenada Dove but also Lesser Antillean Tanager, Grenada Flycatcher and many other great sightings.
He also showed us many plantings for spices and foods (cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao etc.).