When Is the Best Time
For birding as always early morning and afternoon. It is a popular trail for birding and gets crowded at daytime with local tour operators. Most of them already left the area in the afternoon.
Best months are during the dry season from December until April. This is also the peak tourist season on Dominica. May and June are also possible: Less tourists on the island in general, lower rates but also hot and humid and rain may occur. The rainy season last from May/June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods.
Where and Tips
It is a beautiful and unspoilt rainforest which is part of the Morne Diablotin National Park. Due to the hurricane in August 2015 the first road to Syndicate after Portsmouth is closed. Therefore you need to drive further more to take the second oppurtunity close to Dublanc. It is a narrow road which you have to drive carefully for more than half an hour around 8km. Our host recommended to go there in the afternoon, roads are less busy and only view birdwatchers. It is one of the last remaining habitats for the Sisserou parrot which is endemic to Dominica. This parrot and also the Jaco are often seen in this area. We were lucky to see the Jaco several times close in fruit trees before Syndicate. Unfortunately they are very shy and we couldn't take any picture. The blaze of colour of this parrot is memorable. The Syndicate Nature Trail ist well marked. It starts at the Information Center and is a casual walk less than 2 km long.
We spotted the green throated hummingbird, the lesser antillean flycatcher, the brown trembler and more
Park your car at Ross University in Portsmouth. Take a taxi to Syndicate, wander the Syndicate trail and afterwards a part of the Waikubuli National Trail until you reach the Picard river. Turn left along the river until you get back to the university in Portsmouth. You might hear and see even more parrots.