Kauai Lagoons Golf Course is located very close to the Lehue airport which made it both the first place we birded as well as the last. There are lots of little roads to drive around and several parking areas to get out and walk also. Best of all there are birds everywhere.
We parked in a lot full of chickens and walked around one of the ponds for a bit. Here we saw Common Gallinules with young, Hawaiian Ducks, the Hawaiian Black-necked Stilts, and Nenes.
We drove around to another area and found several Northern Mockingbirds.
And the bird that can be found in all the most ridiculous places:
Driving along the airport fence turned up Chestnut Munias.
And later some female (or young?) Red Avadavats were in tall grass along the road.
A drive back around to the Marriott turned up Black-crowned Night-Herons and more stilts.
This was ridiculously easy birding and a great way to kill some time till we could check into our condo. The morning we left Kauai we returned to see what we could find before leaving for the aiport.
eBird checklists for these visits can be found here and here.
One day we went for a hike on Sleeping Giant to see the Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush. We took the advice of a woman that messaged me on Facebook: Don't start at beginning of the NouNou West trail, but instead take Kamalu Rd past the trail start and turn right on Lokelani and go to the end and start the trail there. There are maybe half a dozen parking spots here.
The hike up was rather pretty and when we made it to a particularly slippery and muddy switchback I noticed movement in a tree. A laughingthrush!
We watched three of them poke around on the ground until disappearing from sight. From there we hiked up to the top, stopping for lizards and sweet views.
View of the ocean, Wailua, and Wailua River
White-tailed Tropicbirds were soaring below us.
Overall it wasn't the birdiest hike, but it was fairly quick and pleasant and the laughingthrushes made it definitely worth it. Our complete (and short) eBird checklist is here.
Still more to come from Kauai! Good times!!!