When reviewing the internet to predict what I might see in Cuba I didn't really consider the diveristy and number of American winter migrants that would be in Cuba already, in August.
I was most successful with the warblers in a small patch of mangroves near our hotel in Varadero, it seemed alive with them despite it not being the paek time. Varadero is famed for being a birdless world but this small area keep giving and giving. I picked up some really exciting birds here like Crested Caracara, American Redstart and Broad-winged Hawk.
Below is a selection of photographs from the mornings I spent wandering over there, excuse the quality on some of them;
Louisiana Waterthrush feeding on insects in a puddle;
I'll cover the endemics next so check back soon!