Birding with the Trust

The Trust contributes to public education and science by conducting surveys via bird walks, talks, and student programs.

Bird Walk Reports

Fall 2021

Bird Notes From Daphne Gemmill

After a two-year covid hiatus, Daphne Gemmill, the Trust’s bird expert, returned in late November for three weeks.  Interesting observations from her bird notes follow.


Vieques is one of the few places in the world where Key West Quail-Dove, Bridled Quail-Dove, and Ruddy Quail-Dove co-exist. As these species are denizens of forests, they suffered when Hurricane Maria destroyed their forests along with their food. 

March 11, 2020

Citizen Science Activity

This is a Citizen Science activity and all observations are reported on eBird. We are happy to share this eBird list with any participant who provides an eBird account name and email address.

The number of birds is as accurate as possible.



Dale and Priscilla Doucette, Jeff Mendoza and Chuck Sklar


Marjorie Bloom, Jane Hackenburg, Joyce Joffa, Justin John, Danial Lombardo, Cynthia Nicholson and Barbara Toll

February 3, 2019

Walk Highlights

The highlight was an American Wigeon on the fresh water pond off route 977 at 4.7 km. This sighting was the first winter record for this duck and the fourth record for Vieques. Also on the same pond was a Pied-billed Grebe, which also rare on the island but not as rare as the wigeon.


The first bird of the morning was a Eurasian Collared Dove on a tree behind the Trust building. This species was first reported on Vieques in December 2014 in Isabel Segunda. It has since spread to Esperanza.

May 9, 2018

Bird Notes From Vieques

Daphne Gemmill, otherwise known as the bird lady of Vieques and Trust member since 1985, set out to raise money for the Trust and to establish a Big Day record; both firsts for Vieques.


Her goal was 40 species for this time of year. She ended the day at 39. She raised over $2,000 for the Trust. Her report follows. As the alarm was ringing at 4:30 am, a Pearly-eyed Thrasher was already singing. Of the Vieques birds this bird is the first to wake up and the last to go to bed. As dawn broke Gray Kingbirds started to sing followed by Zenaida and White-winged Doves.