Following several productive early January Christmas Bird Counts, some rare bird sightings and watching the film “The Big Year” Bahamas resident Woody Bracey decided to challenge Tony White’s one year record of 198 species in The Bahamas.
Follow this link to read Woody’s recounting of his Big Year and all his surprises and rare finds (and where he found them), such as the Western Kingbird, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, and Louisiana Waterthrush. At the end of the year, Woody manages to claim the one year record and soundly too, with a final tally of 242 species!
Editor’s note: In the article, the author mentions using a callback tape for the Kirtland’s Warbler. In the United States this practice is illegal because the Kirtland’s Warbler is listed as an endangered species, but is not illegal in the Bahamas.