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View from villa balcony

Road through resort

View from villa balcony

Road through resort

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch & Bananaquit at juice dispenser

As far as location is concerned, the South-west of the island is ideal, since it is next to the forested hills, and has a number of open water areas. Other hotels in the immediate vicinity which are just as well located are the Jolly Beach Resort, and Coco Bay Resorts. Jolly Harbour Villas are a mix of rental and timeshare / owned properties within Jolly Harbour Marina, and the whole complex covers an area of around 100 acres. The villas all have a excellent view across small fingers of open seawater, and a more distant view of the harbour if well placed. From the balcony were regular Lesser Antillean Bullfinches, Grey Kingbirds, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Caribbean Martins, Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, various Herons (including a nightly flypast to the nearby roost of many Cattle Egrets), and Terns. The roads linking the villas are well vegetated, and were always alive with Bullfinches, Bananaquits, Black-faced Grassquits, and Zenaida Doves. There are 2 swimming pools, again with surrounding birdlife. The larger BBR pool is in the centre of the resort, and is not nearly as interesting, although there was a regular Antillean Crested Hummingbird, and overflying Frigatebirds, Grey Kingbirds, Caribbean Martins, and a Willet. The second pool is at the far side of the resort, and is more open, being backed up to a golf course, and having views of the adjacent Pearns Point peninsular. The golf course was inundated with Common Ground Doves, Caribbean Martins were regularly over, and the surrounding area was good for overflying seabirds (Pelicans, Frigatebirds, Herons, and a single Royal Tern). The beach, which is near the south finger villas, was good for regular Laughing Gulls, Frigatebirds, White-crowned Pigeons, Brown Pelicans, Herons (including Little Blue & Tricoloured), Least Tern, and a single flypast of West Indian Whistling Ducks. Mention must be made of the Driftwood Beach Bar and Grill, located at the east end of the beach. Not only is some excellent food served here, but there are a regular clientele of Lesser Antillean Bullfinches that visit the tables and drink from the fruit juice dispensers.

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch male

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch female

Male Lesser Antillean Bullfinch

Female Lesser Antillean Bullfinch

Antillean Crested Hummingbird

Antillean Crested Hummingbird

Antillean Crested Hummingbird

Zenaida Dove

Carib Grackle

Zenaida Dove

Carib Grackle

Bananaquit

Black-faced Grassquit

Bananaquit

Black-faced Grassquit


Although a small variety of seabirds could be seen from the beach, most were local. The beach is set back from 2 peninsulas, which are likely to push any passing birds too far out to be seen clearly. I made two early morning visits to Reeds Point, which is at the North end of the beach. It does offer a better view for passing birds, although the rather larger Pearns Point would still tend to push birds a little further out. There is a track which goes to the top of Reeds Point, giving a good high position. Despite having a telescope, it seemed that passage was limited to a few Laughing Gulls and Terns (mainly Least and Sandwich) - a Brown Noddy was the only other bird seen away from the land. However, there are 5 small islands off the tip of Pearns Point, and these are excellent for birds. They are almost a mile away from Reeds Points, which indicates that a trip round to Pearns Point would be a lot more productive, but was good nevertheless. The islands seem to be a roost for Frigatebirds and Pelicans, with smaller numbers of Herons (possibly also breeding islands in season?). There are also a reasonable number of terns that can be seen, including around 20 Sooty Terns, and a small number of Brown Noddies.

Five Islands

Magnificent Frigatebird

Islands off Pearns Point

Magnificent Frigatebird

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