Birding Belize |October 22nd. Raptor Migration | 2017 and March 11th 2018

Recent photo taken on Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Mangrove Warbler is part of the Yellow Warbler family

YBT – Belize 2017 field trip Species observed

YBT – Belize field trip 2016 sightings

YBT – Guatemala field trip 2016 sightings

YBT Belize 2014 field trip sightings

YBT Guatemala field Trip 2014 sightings

The October 2017 and March 2018 Belize Field trips are OPEN for registration.











Yellowbilled Tours is a proud support of the BRRI

Yellowbilled Tours is a proud supporter of the BRRI-Belize Bird Conservancy 5TH annual Raptor Caribbean Sea coastal migration in a citizen science role field trip. You too can support the BRRI-Belize Bird Conservancy migration survey on-site.  Our accommodations and food are good and we travel in a comfortable vehicle which allows us great flexibility in where we go and how long we spend seeking the specialty birds along the Belize coast and inland National Parks. The field Trip begins Sunday October 22nd, at the Belize City International Airport with a 4 PM pick-up.  Our first evening lodging will be in Mayflower National Park followed by a day birding on Monday in the tropical forest of this park. Tuesday morning we drive to the Scarlet Macaw habitat region of Red Bank, then on to the BRRI survey site where we will have three days of citizen science/raptor survey support with the local BRRI staff.  Key raptors will be Hook-billed, Plumbeous, Swallow-tailed, and Gray-headed Kites, King and Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, White, White-tailed, Short-tailed, Grey and Broad-winged Hawks, Black HawkEagle and many others.   There will be optional afternoon birding excursions in key birding areas such Cockscomb Basin Sanctuary/Jaguar Sanctuary, the “Dump,” and Blue Creek/San Antonio Mayan Village areas.  On Saturday we begin the drive back to Belize City making an overnight stop on a private ranch in western Belize for birding. Sunday morning we begin our drive to the airport with birding stops along the way.  The field trip includes a $50.00 US donation to the BRRI, all lodging plus three meals per day provided by the lodges and ground transportation back to Belize International Airport. Not covered are air flight to and from Belize International Airport, meals and beverages other than that provided by the lodges.  Fee:  4 to 8 Birders is $2799.00, 3 birders is $3599.00. Contact Rich Cimino 925-353-0266 or email for  Q & A.  See the registration form and release liability forms on bottom page. 

Client Testimonials are located at the bottom of this page. On YBT field trips many friendships are formed by being on this adventure. 

Bat Falcon observed at Crooked Tree Preserve, Belize

Bat Falcon observed at Crooked Tree Preserve, Belize

 The March, 2017, field trip concluded with 183 species. 

Belize, once British Honduras, is a sparsely populated, English-speaking country.  Known for its biodiversity, Belize is a birder’s paradise with over 600 species of birds to be found including 40 species of raptors.  We will be birding a variety of habitats from majestic tropical rain forests, fertile farmlands, fresh water marshes and swamps to pine-cashew tree savanna regions.   We will explore the National Parks of Belize – Mayflower, Blue Hole and Cockscomb, using the groomed trails within the parks, seeking out Squirrel Cuckoo, Yellow-winged Tanager and Rufous-tailed Jacamar.  Over 200 birds species may be spotted.  On the banks of Crooked Tree Preserve, we will look for Jabiru, Stygian Owl, and stop at a few “hot spots” to see several Seedeater species, Bunting and Grosbeak species. We will hike the trails through grasslands and forests to see Summer Tanagers, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Spot-breasted Wren, Gray-necked Wood Rail, Black-colored Hawk and Bat Falcon, to name just a few in this area.  We will boat along the Crooked Tree Lagoon seeking Tri-colored Heron, 4 Kingfisher species, as well as several more raptors and many marsh species.  We will spend an additional day exploring the northern countryside, then travel south to the more tropical region along the Caribbean coast.


The trip is limited to 6 participants.  A minimum of 4 will be required to proceed with the trip.

Arrival: Day 1:  3/11/2018:  Birding Belize begins with us meeting at the Belize International Airport no later than 4PM.  I will have a van waiting to shuttle us to the Crooked Tree Preserve where we will check into our rooms at The Bird’s Eye View Lodge. The drive will take 1.5 hours and we will bird along the way.  After dinner, time allowing, we will take a bird walk on the grounds of the lodge.  We will look for Common Pauraque, Social Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Gray-breasted Martin, Yellow-throated Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Red-start and Boat-billed Heron.

Day 2:  3/12/2018:  We will take a boat trip on the Crooked Tree Lagoon and up Spanish Creek seeking the Great Black Hawk, Belted, Pygmy and Green Kingfisher, many wading bird species, and we’ll look for the Wood Rail and the Jabiru. We may find sandpipers staging for their migration north. On our return we will walk local trails where we may see several species of Woodcreeper and flycatchers.  We’ll look for the Yellow-throated Warbler, American Redstart, Gray-Headed Tanager and Rose-throated Becard.  Later in the afternoon we will walk the Savannah Pine habitat looking for Crane Hawk plus Yellow-headed and Yellow-lored Parrots and Olive-throated Parakeets.

Day 3 and Day 4:  3/13 & 3/14/ 2018:  After breakfast we departure to the Southeastern part of Belize. Our destination is the Stann Creek and Toledo District driving the Southern Highway.  We will make birding and a refreshment stop.  Our destination is the Blue Hole National Park and Hopkins is which on the Caribbean Sea . We will spend the night and bird the tropical forest habitat of Mayflower National Park, visiting Cockscomb National Park and other hotspots in the area, seeking grassland species, soaring raptors and forest birds, plus stops for wetlands. Here we can expect to see several species of Toucans, Toucanet,  hummingbirds, flycatchers, swifts, finches, orioles, grosbeaks, pigeon, doves, warblers and blackbirds.

Day 5 and Day 6:  3/15-16/ 2018:  We will stay two nights and two days in Punta Gorda .   Key birds will be Keel-billed Toucans and Chestnut-headed Oropendolas in the their inland jungle habitat.  We’ll bird the open fields, meadows and riparian habitats seeking Lesser Yellow Headed Vulture, Sungrebe, Mangrove Cuckoo, and Mangrove Warbler.  We will also watch for several raptors such as White Hawks, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Gray-headed Kite, Swallow-tailed kite and Laughing Falcon.  Forest mountain species of interest will be warblers, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Lineated Woodpecker, Collared Aracari, Crimson-collared and Passerini Tanagers and Yellow-backed Oriole. 

Day 7:  3/17/2018:  We leave mid-morning for our drive back to Belize City International Airport and your flight home.  We will stop to visit the World renown Belize Zoo which has a very high rating globally for its presentation of the native wildlife. The zoo also has very good  birding opportunities. We have seen Plain Chachalaca, Hooded Warbler, Gray Cat Bird, Virginia and Grace’s Warblers visiting the grounds of the zoo.  We will leave enough time to make your connection in Belize International Airport for your flight home.

Or the optional trip to Bird Guatemala Tikal National Park – Day 7:  3/18-19/2018:

Day 7:  3/18/2018:   Optional  Guatemala Tikal Maya Ruins extension. This is an early morning drive to the Guatemala National Park Tikal ruins.  This is a bird-rich habitat and is suggested for the serious birder, but all level of birders appreciate a day in Tikal.  We have recorded 112 species with a day in Tikal, including Orange-breasted Falcon (2), Kentucky Warbler (6), Wood Thrush (5), Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Ocellated Turkey (15). This is a single day of birding in Tikal before returning to our lodge. We need four persons to have the Tikal Birding option. Included is lodging for the evening before and evening of return transportation, guide and dinner. Your return flight to the USA will be on Monday March 19th.

See attachment for the Tikal entire 2016 bird species list observed.

The cost of the field trip is $2990.00, covering lodging, meals, transportation, fuel, airport pick-up, Zoo entrance fee and guides.  Airfares* and gratuities are not included.

 Saturday-Sunday March 13-14, 2018. | Tikal | Guatemala is $790.00 optional extension and includes your room, dinner, a Guatemala bird guide and transportation to the airport.

 A $1,690.00 deposit is required upon registration.  A $195 administration fee will be charged if you cancel after August 6th, 2017. The balance of $1300.00, plus any single supplement is due September 6th, 2017.   Minimum of four to go.   A $200 single-supplement charge may apply.
Note: If a participant cancels after the balance is paid, every effort will be made to find a suitable replacement.  During the search for a replacement, $200 per search week will be taken against your deposit up to $1,690.00.  If you cancel, I will encourage you to help me find your replacement.  If a replacement cannot be found, all payments will be forfeited or extended to another field trip within a 13 month period. Last-minute trip cancellation by tour leader would occur only in the event of an extreme emergency. In this case, your refund will be 100%.
Please contact Rich of YBT to schedule.

Richard Cimino – c/o Yellowbilled Tours                                           Phone 925-353-0266

60 Elizabeth Circle

Greenbrae, Ca. 94904                      


Belize field trip – 2016

I love to travel and have recently retired which gives me the time.  I also decided to learn more about the birds I have always loved. I met a nice man and his wife on Audubon Bird walk. I discovered he (Rich Cimino)  leads field trips to a number of locals. As well he and his wife (Janet) also volunteer for the Marin Audubon Society leading trips, and in conservation and native plants habitats. I attended a few of his local walks. I wanted to visit Belize and was able to find a spot on Rich’s small field venue of four birders, which made the trip very comfortable. This was a magical trip–a beautiful county with warm people.  Yellowbilled Tours uses good lodges. With Rich’s ever-present good spirits and attentiveness to the beginning birder, his encouragement, (“see how good you are getting”) and sharp eye and ear for every movement and sound, we found over 250 species of birds.  I had a short wish list of a Bat Falcon and a Roseate Spoonbill.  Rich went the extra mile to be sure I saw both birds. From the Crooked Tree boat trip on the lagoon, to the Mayan ruins, and horse back riding this was a very special trip with very special people. I highly recommend Yellowbilled Tours.

Jeanine Starritt, Novato, California

There are so many words that I would like to express of how much the Yellowbilled Tours Belize Birding trip has meant to me.  It has been a field trip that I will never forget.

Thank You,  Theresa McGovern, San Francisco, California

Belize field  trip – 2014

What a wonderful, fun and enlightening trip we had with Rich! We can hardly add to all the fine testimonials here, but heartily concur. Rich has eyes like a hawk and never misses a bird or a way to find a good view for you to enjoy it. He’s done all the homework and provides fun lodges, good food, great local guides and most of all super amounts of birds! The entire trip was a big eye-opener for us both for the birding and learning about and enjoying Belize! Lots of laughs, no grumbling.
Dr.Tom and Susie Melvin Lafayette CA.

Recent Birders Testimonial on their 2014 Belize Bird Tour:
Hi all,
What a wonderful adventure we had and many, many thanks to Rich and Janet and also to Bob and Janet #2…you all helped to make the trip a huge success…still thinking about those amazing gorgeous birds in the scope, everyday a “Life” experience for sure.
Thanks for answering a multitude of questions for us everyday and for loving “happy hour” as much as we do too!

Hi new friends, Thanks to each of you, I had a wonderful time. The birds were terrific. The female Harpy Eagle in the Belize zoo will be a lifetime memory!!
Janet #2


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