Tips from Stuart Mailer, National Trust for the Cayman Islands

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands plays a huge role in protecting and preserving the rare and endemic species of plants and animals in the region.

Nesting West Indian Woodpecker Melanerpes superciliaris

As a result, areas of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are a birdwatcher’s paradise and present countless opportunities to spot some rather incredible wildlife.

Field Officer for the National Trust, Stuart Mailer, offers us some expert advice on when and where to find some of these species as well as some top tips for tracking them down:

  1. Go out at dawn to witness the birds as they leave their nests to go off and hunt for the day or watch at dusk as they return home to roost.
  2. Endemic Wild Banana Orchids (Myrmecophila thomsoniana) are coming in to bloom in the Sister Islands, with the Grand Cayman variety flowering in June.
  3. At this time of year, the white-tailed tropicbirds can be seen from the cliffs at Pedro St James and from the lighthouse trail on Cayman Brac where the brown boobies are nesting. This is also a good time of year to see migrant birds in passage, such as the chestnut-sided warbler.
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