Mandeville Marshall's Pen is the two century-old home of Robert and Ann Sutton set in 300 acres of private nature reserve. A few lucky birdwatching tours get to stay here so this was one of the attractions of the tour that I took. We were staying here 3 nights. It is a working ranch and used to be a coffee plantation but not any more. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded here. The property was once owned by the Earl of Balcarres who was governor of Jamaica from 1795-1801. Robert is Jamaica's leading ornithologist and co-authored the field guide to birds of Jamaica. Ann is an environmental scientist. Robert took us on bird walks through the property helping us spot birds as well as pointing out the plants and other animals found here. A few of the birds we found here were: Saffron Finch, Green-rumped Parrotlet, White-eyed Thrush, Vervain Hummingbird, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, and Zenaida Dove. One really nice feature was that one night we went out looking for owls and saw the Jamaican Owl and the Northern Potoo. Robert and Ann are extremely gracious hosts and the food here was wonderful.
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