Birdwatching or birding is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds.
It frequently rains here at Sinharaja. The best months with less precipitation are January to March and August, September. Anyhow, if you visit Sri Lanka, it's a must to come here with a minimum stay of one night rather two. Sinharaja is a biodiversity hotspot with endemic trees, wildlife, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. One of the rare places with a stunning primary tropical rainforest.
The Sinharaja rainforest is affected by the southwest monsoon with heavy rainfall from May to July and the northeast monsoon from November to January. Driest months and the best time to travel from January/February until March. April, and August to October expect more precipitation but still worth a try. Located at the island’s wet zone, rain can always occur also in the drier season. The annual rainfall ranges from 3000 up to 6000 mm. Night temps are above 20°C / 68° F and day temps are almost 30° C / 86° F with an average humidity of 85%.
Needless to say to watch birds you need to be there very early. To spot a frogmouth sleeping ask your guide. Usually, they know where to find this rare to spot nightjars.
The best months are May until July. At this time of the year breeding water-birds and their chicks can be spotted relatively close. The black coots and the great crested grebe with their chicks are best spotted in July. Usually, the great crested grebe is very shy. This area is one of the very view places where you get up to 10 meters close to this beautiful bird. On google maps is the nearest parking lot at Leuther Mühle (Mill) marked.
Where to Stay
The B&B hombergen101 is beautifully located close to the Krickenbecker Lakes and Information Center.
Von Mai bis Juli. Dann kann man brütende Wasservögel bzw. Jungvögel beobachten. Der Punkt auf der Karte beschreibt den nächst gelegenen Parkplatz an der Leuther Mühle.
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The best time for birdwatching in Mindo is during the rainy season. The very best months are December to April while the birds are more abundant (migratory birds) and active. Due to the high food supply birds start mating and nesting.
It already starts in October and lasts until mid-May or even June. Generally, it rains from the afternoon until the next morning, but it can happen that it rains all day long. The average annual rainfall is 2.500 mm.
The dry season is pretty short from June until the beginning of October. The driest months are June to August but expect precipitation even during the driest months.
Due to the proximity to the equator, the sunrise and sunset don’t change much. It’s always roughly around 6. Nights temps are around 15°C / 59°F and colder and day temps on average around 20°C / 68°F and can be up to 25. There is a high humidity throughout the year.
Mindo is a popular weekend escape for people from busy Quito. Avoid weekends and public holidays like Carnival and Easter. The rest of the time it's peaceful and quiet here.
The Bald Eagle; the national emblem of the United States nests here again since 2009 from October to May. Honeymoon Island is also a great spot for ospreys and great horned owls. You may spot many birds of prey on the Osprey Trail, especially in the winter. If you'd like to know all the details read our summary of the highlights by season.
Highlights by Seasons
- Nesting season of the great horned owl and the osprey.
- December is the best time to spot the belted kingfisher.
- January is the nesting season of the roseate spoonbill.
- February the snowy plover starts nesting.
- Manatees can be seen close to the island in winter.
- Migratory birds come to the island; peak in April.
- Great blue heron nesting season in March.
- Stingrays move to the shore in April
- In May shorebirds start nesting.
- Frigate birds come to the island if storms are blowing on the Gulf of Mexico.
- Warblers, peregrine falcons, and other birds migrate to the island.
Bald Eagle mating and nesting season roughly from October to May.
Turtle nesting season from May to October; loggerhead from April to August. The North Beach trail can be walked best at low tide. Tide Times Honeymoon Island
Daily from 8 a.m. to sundown. The exact time is shown at the entrance gate.
Worst Time to Visit
Late summer and autumn are the worst times due to the huge number of mosquitoes.
Don’t come here in a rush. Enjoy this gorgeous park while birding, hiking, sunbathing or swimming. Bring enough water and a picnic. There isn’t any food available in the Honeymoon Island State Park. We highly recommend staying nearby in the lovely Palm Court Motel. We’d booked a studio with a kitchenette. Don’t miss the Caladesi Island State Park.
During the dry season (May to September) rain is rare, it's less hot and there are fewer mosquitos. This time of the year is the peak season and prices are at the top level.
The puffin breeding season on the Isle of Lunga (one of the Treshnish Isles) starts in the middle of April. To make sure to have thousands of them on Lunga Island to spot, I recommend a visit not before May. They stay on this island until the beginning of August. For your trip planning, please check our monthly puffin overview with details for spring, summer, fall, and winter for the Isle of Lunga below. Also, check out our Isle of Lunga Puffins Video on YouTube. A helpful monthly weather overview can be found here: Treshnish Isle - Scotland - Monthly Weather
Puffin Sightings | Lunga Island
September - March |Bad Time:
No puffins are on the island during these months, from autumn until early spring.
April| Good Time:
It's possible but rare to see puffins in spring before mid-April. Although not the greatest time, you usually spot them from mid-April on. However, sometimes they even arrive later in April. Experts say: Early to mid-April, sometimes later.
May - June - July | Best Time:
Late spring and early summer is the perfect time. You spot thousands of puffins on Lunga Island! To save money, make sure to book your nearby accommodation in advance (see below).
August | Mediocre Time:
Be careful, as they stay on the island only until early August. Sometimes slightly longer. We wouldn't risk visiting later than in the early days of August if at all.
I went there at the end of June, and besides puffins, I saw chicks from the guillemot, razorbill, and shag. The puffin chicks are hidden in the burrows, and you may encounter them only when they leave the nest.