Oahu and the Big Island, March 12th to March 25th, 2007

Blake Mathys

I visited Hawaii for research purposes, mainly to measure bird skins at the Bishop Museum. I measured ~320 individual skins over 4 days, a nice addition to my data set. I was on Oahu from Monday, March 12th until Tuesday, March 20th. I flew to the Big Island and spent the remaining time there.

March 16th: Ka'ena Point

March 18th: Kahana Valley and La'ie Point

March 19th: Trails above 'Aiea

March 20th: Moku Manu

March 21st through 23rd: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

March 23rd through 25th: Northern Big Island, Kona and north

What most amazed me were the breaching Humpback Whales. I saw whales every time I went to the shore of Oahu, and saw quite a few breaches, especially from Ka'ena Point. Very impressive.

Full bird species lists are at the end of this page.

Oahu 'Amakihi

Hawaiian Stilt

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Hawaiian Coot

Laysan Albatross

Laysan Albatross with chick

Video of Laysan courtship display

(.wmv file, ~1.2 MB)

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Common Moorhen


Pacific Golden-Plover

Hiking on ridge trail above 'Aiea

Standing next to Kilauea Caldera

Kilauea Caldera in background

Ka'ena Point, Oahu, Scenery

Forest in Kahana Valley

Views from the ridge trail above 'Aiea

Dry forest on slopes of Mauna Kea

Native birds:

White Tern

Pacific Golden-Plover

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Great Frigatebird

Laysan Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

Grey-backed Tern

Red-tailed Tropicbird

'Io (Hawaiian Hawk)

Nene (endemic Branta goose)

Hawaiian Coot

'Elepaio (endemic Monarch flycatcher)

Hawaii 'Amakihi (endemic honeycreeper)

Oahu 'Amakihi (endemic honeycreeper)

'Apapane (endemic honeycreeper)

'I'iwi (endemic honeycreeper)

'Oma'o (endemic Myadestes solitaire)

Pomarine Jaeger

Red-footed Booby

Brown Booby

Masked Booby

Sooty Tern

Brown Noddy

Black Noddy

White-tailed Tropicbird

Short-eared Owl (Hawaiian form)

Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian form, possibly separate species)

Common Moorhen (Hawaiian form)

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Hawaiian form)


Wandering Tattler

Ruddy Turnstone

Introduced Birds:

White-rumped Shama

Cattle Egret

Red-vented Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Common Myna

Lavender Waxbill

African Silverbill

Common Waxbill

Nutmeg Mannikin

Northern Cardinal

Java Sparrow

House Finch

Guam Swiftlet

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Zebra Dove

Spotted Dove

Northern Mockingbird

Red-billed Leiothrix


Erckel's Francolin

Yellow-fronted Canary

Grey Francolin

California Quail

Wild Turkey

Saffron Finch

Japanese White-Eye

Japanese Bush Warbler (heard only)

Kalij Pheasant

Red-crested Cardinal

Yellow-billed Cardinal

House Sparrow

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