|Central coordinates||75o 53.86' West 23o 34.73' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 7m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Grog Pond is located approximately 10 miles northwest of George Town, Great Exuma, bounded on the north by the Queen's Highway, on the east, south and west by Bahama Sound Development. Including immediate surrounding land the pond spans an area of approximately 1-1/2 miles by 1/2 mile. Grog Pond is an inland wetland. It has the potential to become a great asset to the community as an eco-tourism site, recreation area and a centre for students and adults to learn about the environment.
Key Biodiversity A wide variety of waterfowl, herons, egrets and shorebirds have been recorded at this site. Also various species of coppice dwelling birds such as doves, White-crowned Pigeons, Bahama and Northern mockingbirds, Mangrove Cuckoos, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Thick-billed Vireos and many species of migrating warblers have been observed in the coppice surrounding the pond.
Non-bird biodiversity: Bordering the pond and the beautiful marsh areas is firm land with salt-water grass flats, buttonwood, madeira, logwood, wild tamarind, pigeon plum, palmetto, pond top, gumelemi, sawgrass, airplants, ball moss and the ever present 'poison wood'. Small clams, fiddler crabs, mosquito fish, insects, and a type of 'widgeon grass' provide a rich food source for the variety of waterbirds that utilize the pond.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea||breeding||2006||50-249 individuals||medium||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Sterna nilotica||resident||2005||50-249 individuals||poor||B4i||Not Recognised|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||resident||2005||50-249 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Least Tern Sternula antillarum||breeding||2005||50-249 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala||resident||2005||50-249 individuals||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|A rock in the Exuma Cays||Wild Bird Reserve||1||is identical to site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References White, A.W. 1998b. A Birder's Guide to the Bahamas Island (Including Turks and Caicos). American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp.
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