Forrest Rowland is an all-around excellent birding guide. He handled our group of all abilities very well, and as first-time birders on a trip with Rockjumper, we were put at ease immediately by his easy going manner, friendliness and ability to assist us in seeing the birds of Cuba. It was an incredible experience all around to see both cities and rural areas, as well as take the time to learn about the culture as well as the natural history of this island in addition to the birds. Wow! Great adventure!
Our Cuba birding tours focus on Cuba’s fantastic endemic birds and numerous Caribbean specials. We stand a good chance of seeing almost all of Cuba’s endemics on our birding tour to this under-birded country, as well as great wintering North American migrants. Sites that we explore on our Cuba birding tour include the Bermejas Reserve for the miniscule Bee Hummingbird, stunning Cuban Tody and Cuban Trogon — the island’s national bird. Cuban Solitaire and Cuban Grassquit are targets looked for in the Cordillera de Guaniguanico in the western part of the country. Oriente Warbler and Cuban Gnatcatcher are some of the numerous specials we will look for around Cayo Coco, on the Camaguey Archipelago. The famous Zapata Swamp holds Zapata Wren and Zapata Sparrow. We will also target Giant Kingbird and Gundlach’s Hawk near Najasa. While the range of species possible may not be as high as other Latin American destinations, the number of endemics to the island and the region make Cuba birding a must-do and highly enjoyable.