July 27th, 2008, 07:28 AM
hello from Saipan
I noticed a couple of other island posts (falklands, etc) and decided I might as well chime in. I'm the staff ornithologist for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife - and an avid birder to boot. This is my first post to an online birding forum of any sort. This site was recommended to me and it looks like it should prove fun.
July 27th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Hi pradley, welcome to the forum. How's the birding out there? I'm sure the seabirds are great but do you also see much migration in terms of shorebirds or wayward landbirds?
July 28th, 2008, 03:59 AM
The birding is ok - just a tad bit slow at times as you might imagine for an oceanic island chain. However, we're located almost due south of Japan and due north of Papua New Guinea and we do get a good flight of migrants in the fall and early winter, mostly Asian shorebirds - for instance, both Common Greenshank and Redshank, Wood and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, a couple species of Stint and Sand-Plover, amongst a number of others. There are the few vagrant landbirds as well, including Black Kite and Short-eared Owl, but these are generally few and far between. But, that's just it - you never know what may show. And one plus for the birder that likes to travel, we're only a few hours from various Asian and Australasian hotspots.
July 28th, 2008, 06:49 AM
Sounds great. Black Kites do seem to do a lot of ocean traveling for a raptor. I think I've seen photos of a vagrant in Hawaii. Most outrageous, probably was the Snow Bunting.