Maybe its just me, but my targeted Oahu birds – and Kauai birds previously, have been much harder to track down than was the case in 2016. I had to work hard for all three endemic forest birds, and as far as the Mariana Swiftlets are concerned – I give up. And that doesn’t happen often. There are very few photo-evidenced sightings any more, and I have heard that the population estimate is now down to 12. More about that in captions below.
I’m in Dallas airport at the moment. Its 5:30am, and I’ve just arrived on the red-eye from Oahu, quitting in disgust on the swiftlets, and hoping to find the Green-breasted Mango (a large Mexican hummingbird) in McAllen in a few hours, and hold out hope that the Northern Jacana, also found in Sth Texas a few days ago will be findable.