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Day 231 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Have a Birding Adventure in Mandeville at Marshall’s Pen

Marshall's Pen
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Marshall’s Pen is 200-year-old home located in 300 acres of private nature reserve. A few birdwatching tours have permission to stay on the property, and it is definitely worthwhile. The property is a working ranch that was previously a coffee plantation. Birdwatchers have recorded more than 100 species of birds at this location. Once owned by the Earl of Balcarres, governor of Jamaica between 1795 and 1801, its current owners are Robert and Ann Sutton. Robert is a leading ornithologist in Jamaica and co-author of the field guide to Jamaican birds, while Ann is an environmental scientist. Lucky birdwatchers may get to see the Saffron Finch, Green-rumped Parrotlet, White-eyed Thrush, Vervain Hummingbird, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, and Zenaida Dove, among other species. The Jamaican Owl may event make an appearance during night-watch opportunities. An added plus for visitors: excellent food!

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

Photo Source: Otus asio Tours

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