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Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

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Rockland Bird Sanctuary

1. Rockland Bird Sanctuary

During this tour you will have the chance to see typical birds living in Jamaica. At the Rockland Bird Sanctuary you will see bananaquits, hummingbirds including the black billed streamertail and the red-billed streamertail (also known as the Doctor Bird - national bird of Jamaica). If you wait long enough, a hummingbird may land on your finger and feed from a bottle containing an elixer that they love! Enjoy the sound of nature as you take in the beauty and fresh air that surrounds you while you respect the lcoal nature and birds. You will definitely enjoy this moment in the fabulous island of Jamaica.

Rocklands Bird Sanctuary: 2-Hour Montego Bay Tour

2. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary: 2-Hour Montego Bay Tour

Hand-feed hummingbirds and marvel at the variety of bird life at the Rocklands Sanctuary on a 2-hour tour from Montego Bay. The Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, located just outside Montego Bay, was owned and run for many years by Lisa Salmon, and continues to be run as a sanctuary following her death. Her nephew Fitz is now in charge, and has been associated with the site for 15 years. The sanctuary is home to thousands of birds from Jamaica and migrant birds who have flown thousands of miles to feed here. The Red-billed Streamertail and Jamaica Mango are so tame that they will come straight to a handheld bottle of sugar water and some will even sit on your finger to feed. Jamaica has 4 resident species of hummingbird, 3 of which can be found at the Rocklands Sanctuary, but the fourth, the Black-billed Streamertail, is found only on the very eastern part of the island. Put some seed on your hand to attract the Black-faced Grassquit, Yellow-faced Grassquit, and Orangequit. See the Bananaquit and Greater Antillean Bullfinch hopping around the feeders. There’s an outdoor patio area where you can sit and watch birds such as the Jamaican Oriole using the feeders. The Common Ground-Dove and Caribbean Dove can be seen around the gardens, looking for the seed provided in the sanctuary.

Montego Bay: Private Rocklands Bird Sanctuary Trip

3. Montego Bay: Private Rocklands Bird Sanctuary Trip

This tour is for those who are interested in different species of birds. So why not book PARADISE PALMS JAMAICA TRANSPORTATION for a trip and visit Rocklands Bird Sanctuary which is located in the little town of Anchovy about 3 miles outside Montego Bay. At the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary you will find the Red-billed Streamertail and the Jamaican Mango birds which are so tame that they will come straight to a handheld bottle of sugar and water and some of them will even sit on your finger to feed from the bottles. What an amazing experience for the whole family. After you are taken to the sanctuary, you will be provided with a guided tour which allows you to walk through the woods where you will be able to see some other Jamaican and Caribbean species as well as some familiar North American warblers wintering in the Caribbean, such as Black-throated Blue Warbler, American Redstart and Northern Parula. The endemic and Caribbean species most likely to be seen are: Jamaican Woodpecker, White-chinned Thrush, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Becard, Vervain Hummingbird, Loggerhead Kingbird and Sad Flycatcher. Sounds quite interesting.

Lethe Great River Rafting with Rockland Bird Santuary Tour

4. Lethe Great River Rafting with Rockland Bird Santuary Tour

Lethe Great River Rafting combined with a Rockland Bird Sanctuary tour offers a blend of adventure and natural beauty. Here's an overview of what you can expect from this combined tour: Lethe Great River Rafting: This part of the excursion takes you on a thrilling river rafting experience along the Lethe River. You'll board a bamboo raft and float down the river, guided by a skilled raft captain. As you navigate the gentle currents, you'll be surrounded by lush vegetation, tropical flora, and the calming sounds of nature. The Lethe River is known for its scenic beauty, making it a relaxing and enjoyable adventure. Rockland Bird Sanctuary: After the river rafting portion, the tour takes you to the Rockland Bird Sanctuary. Located near Montego Bay, Rockland Bird Sanctuary is a haven for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Here, you'll have the opportunity to observe and interact with various bird species, including Jamaica's national bird, the Doctor Bird (or Red-billed Streamertail). The sanctuary offers a unique chance to hand-feed hummingbirds, which can be an unforgettable experience. During the Rockland Bird Sanctuary tour, knowledgeable guides provide interesting insights about the birds and their habitat. You can learn about the different species and their behaviors, and if you're lucky, you may even witness bird courtship displays or see the birds up close as they perch on your hand or shoulder. Overall, this combined tour offers a blend of adventure, relaxation, and nature appreciation.

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What people are saying about Rocklands Bird Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Wonderful, responsible guide, lovely peaceful bird sanctuary

We felt that Patrick was an awesome guide. He was prompt, figured the best way to get close to the port terminal so my mobility-impaired father-in-law easily reached the car. He watched over the drive and managed to avoid MOST of the pot holes on the way to the sanctuary - no easy feat! Plus he managed our time and let us know gently when it was time to head back. We LOVED Rocklands and thought the two gentlemen who visited with us and took photos with our cameras were just great. We didn't have a PLETHORA of hummingbirds come to land (one of the other hummingbirds was a bully!) but we had enough to make it interesting! I would go back and enjoy the lovely patio and gorgeous Montego Bay view.

Fritz was a great host. Very knowledgeable about all the birds that visit his feeders. Loved every minute of it. This is a must visit for serious birders who come to Jamaica. You should advertise this place to the birding community. I'm researching all the birds I photographed to properly identify. Many of them are endemic to Jamaica.

It was a wonderful experience

I was impressed with how well Patrick Vessell treated me with respect and drove safely and mindful. I was also impressed with the friendliness and the knowledge that the man at the Sanctuary was and answered all of my questions. All were so friendly and kind.

I had a hummingbird sit on my finger and drink sugar water from a bottle. I put seed on my leg and a bananaquit landed n my leg and ate the seed.

Fantastic visit and a once in a lifetime experience. You have to go!