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This is where the more specialised birds tend to hide, and they are an easy walk from the Jolly Harbour complex. On meeting the main road, I turned right (South-west), and then left after 100m on to a track in a clearing which quickly became a narrow path climbing through the trees and into the valley. The view here looked over the grazing clearings of the valley, which cut into the tree covered slopes. I aimed in the direction of the masts of Boggy Peak, which could be seen in the distance, and managed to walk for some way up the slopes. The whole area is good for Grey Kingbirds, Caribbean Elaenias, Common Ground Doves, Carib Grackles, White-crowned Doves, and Broad-winged Hawks. Among the calls of the larger doves, there were also others calling (6+), which matched the description of Ruddy Ground-dove. They are easy to hear, but very difficult to approach, since they call from within the tangle of vegetation. A group of 3 Scaly-naped Pigeons flew over this area, and the finding of a Scaly-breasted Thrashers nest site might indicate the suitable habitat for both species of thrasher. I did see Black-whiskered Vireo here, but was surprised that they were not more evident (although more birds could be heard singing). Other sites such as Christian Valley and Wallings Reservoir have been reported as being good for specialities, but my feeling is that both Quail-doves, both thrashers, and Scaly-naped Pigeon can all be seen with a bit of time and luck in this part of the hills.

Caribbean Elaenia

Grey Kingbird

Caribbean Elaenia

Grey Kingbird

White-crowned Pigeon

Yellow Warbler

White-crowned Pigeon

Yellow Warbler

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