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EAST END POND

Brown Pelicans and Snowy Egrets Roost in Mangrove

East End Pond is a shallow 13 acre pond that provides excellent birding all year.  It is a protected area managed by the Anguilla National Trust and they have constructed two viewing areas on the site.  The pond is very close to the road and often the best birding can be done right from your car.

A wide variety of birdlife can be found on East End Pond including waterfowl, herons, egrets, and a number of different types of shorebirds.  Terrestrial birds can also be seen in the dense vegetation around the pond.  Don't forget to look overhead for raptors including American Kestrals and Ospreys.

Whimbrel

Seabirds often frequent the pond.  Don't be surprised to see endangered Least Terns feeding during the summer months

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Caribbean Coots like the one in the photograph above, breed here.  They have been known to hybridize with American Coots.  This activity happened in January of 2012.  The American Coot in the photo below was tending to the nest built with the Caribbean Coot above, while another chick from the same family was being fed.

 

 

 

White-cheeked pintails are breeding residents of Anguilla and are almost always found on East End Pond.

Common Moorhens are also breeding residents of Anguilla that are generally visible on East End Pond.  This family group was happily feeding on the eastern side among the reeds along with other varieties of waterfowl.

 

Ruddy Ducks are frequent visitors to Anguilla and over the last few years have begun to breed in large numbers on East and Cauls ponds.  The male below was swimming around with a group of immature birds shown in the photograph to the left.

 

Other species of ducks including Blue-winged teal can be seen as they migrate through the Caribbean in the late fall and winter months.
 

A special treat is the opportunity to see Tri-colored herons feeding along the edge of the road.  They are spectacular birds that may be present from September to April.  Great Blue herons can be seen on this pond during the same period but often confine themselves to the rocky shores toward the back opposite the road.

Killdeer are present all year on this pond.  They are usually on the grassy banks close to the observation pavillions.