The Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in Montego Bay is home to thousands of native and migrant birds, with various types of hummingbirds, American Redstarts, Jamaican Orioles, Caribbean Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, and a whole host of other species coming here to feed.
The sanctuary itself is set in the simple yet beautiful gardens of a rustic country home. It was founded and run by bird-lover, Lisa Salmon, until her death in 2000, and is now run by her nephew. It’s a peaceful and relaxing setting where the birds feel comfortable enough for visitors to feed them by hand. Some, such as the hummingbirds, are so tame that they will sit on your finger while feeding from a bottle of sugared water.
There are a number of organized tours that provide round-trip transportation to the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary from Montego Bay. If self-driving, take the main road west out of the city towards Lucea and Negril until you reach the town of Reading. Follow the signs to the sanctuary from here along the road leading inland.