The October 22, 2017 and March 11, 2018 Belize Field trips are OPEN for registration.
Yellowbilled Tours is a proud supporter of the BBC – Belize Bird Conservancy
Join the 5TH Caribbean Raptor migration in a citizen science role field trip.
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Belize Raptor Migration Field trip October 22, 2017 Registration is now open. The 7 day field trip begins Sunday October 22nd, at the Belize City International Airport with a 4 PM pick-up, and ends on Sunday October 29th, at Belize City Airport. 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 BBC survey site where we will have three days of citizen science/raptor survey support with the local BBC 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 Hawk Eagle and many others. There will be optional afternoon birding excursions in key jungle birding areas such Cockscomb Basin Sanctuary/Jaguar Sanctuary, the “Dump,” and Blue Creek/San Antonio Mayan Village areas. Saturday morning October 28th we drive Hanna Ranch in the Mountain Pine Ridge area, making an overnight stop on a private ranch in western Belize for grassland and riparian birding. Sunday morning October 29th, we begin our drive to the airport with birding along the way.
Sunday morning October 29th, we begin our drive to the airport with birding along the way.
Yellowbilled Tours is experienced in Belize travel, your accommodations and food are rated highly and we travel in a comfortable, safe 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 jungle national parks.
The field trip includes a donation to the BBC, all lodging, plus three meals per day provided by the lodges, field guiding and ground transportation back to Belize International Airport. Not covered are air flight to and from Belize International Airport, food and beverages other than that provided by the lodges. Fee: $2799.00. Minimum of 3 birders for the trip to go. Contact Rich Cimino 925-353-0266 or email Yellowbilledtours@gmail.com for Q & A.
Registration form and release liability forms ATTACHED..
Client Testimonials are located at the bottom of this page. On YBT field trips many friendships are formed by being on this adventure.
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.
MARCH 2018 FIELD TRIP IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION;
The March 11, 2018 trip is limited to 6 participants. A minimum of 3 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, Boat-Billed Heron, Northern Jacana, Rufous tailed Hummingbird, Social Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Gray-breasted Martin, Clay-colored Robin, Yellow-throated Warbler, Magnolia Warbler and American Red-start, and more.
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 – White-rump Sandpiper is possible as is Semipalmated Sandpiper. On our return we will walk local trails where we may see two species of Woodcreeper, Orchard and Yellow-tailed Oriole and Great Kiskadee, and Boat-billed Flycatcher. 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 (Cayo District) driving the Hummingbird Highway. We will stop if we see a Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture or King Vulture and any interesting raptors We have two potential destinations depending of timing, bird sightings reported and weather: the Blue Hole National Park and Hopkins (Toledo District) on the Caribbean Sea . We 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 and wetlands species. We can expect to see several species of Puffbird, Toucans, Toucanet, Hummingbirds, Manakins Flycatchers, Vaux’s Swifts, Euphonias, Saltators, Pigeon, Doves, Golden-hooded Tanagers, Warblers and Orioles.
Day 5: 3/15/ 2018: We will stay two nights and two days in Punta Gorda (Toledo District) which a town on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and the gateway to the Maya Mountains to the west. This is the location of the Belize Bird Conservancy’s annual raptor survey which YBT supports. The broadleaf rainforest scenery is spectacular, and there will be a great variety of bird species. During our stay we will make a visit to one or more of the Mayan farming villages and Blue Creek Field Station. Species to look for will be Keel-billed Toucans and Chestnut-headed Oropendolas in the their inland jungle habitat. We will bird the open fields, meadows and riparian habitats seeking Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture, Sun Grebe, Mangrove Cuckoo, and Trogons. 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 both the White-collared and Red-capped Manakins, Orange-billed Sparrow, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Lineated Woodpecker, Collared Aracari, Wood Thrush in breeding plumage, both Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush, Golden-hooded Tanager, Crimson-collared and Passerini Tanagers and Yellow-backed Oriole.
Day 6 and 7: 3/16-17/2018: We leave mid-morning for our drive to Hanna Ranch near the Guatemala boarder. The birding on Hanna Ranch is very good. It has a mixture of grasslands, forest and riparian habitats. Key species here are Euphonias, Tityra’s, Band-backed Wren, Thick-billed Seed Finch, Variable Seedeater, Grassland Yellow Finch and Giant Cowbird, Laughing Falcon and Bat Falcon and possible Grey-headed Kite. The next day we can travel back to Belize City International Airport and your flight home. We will stop to visit the Belize Zoo which is world famous for its presentation of the native wildlife. The zoo also has very good birding opportunities. We have seen Chachalaca, Hummingbirds, Hooded Warbler, Gray Catbird, plus Virginia and Grace’s Warblers visiting the grounds of the zoo. We will leave enough time to make your connection in Belize International Airport .
Or the optional trip to Bird Guatemala Tikal National Park – Day 7: 3/ 17 /2018:
Day 7: 3/17/2018: Optional Birding 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 all birders. 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 intense birding in Tikal with a local guide before returning to Hanna Ranch Lodge. We need 3 persons to have the Tikal Birding option. | Tikal | Guatemala is $790.00 as an optional extension and includes your Guatemala bus driver & Tikal bird guide, an extra night’s stay in Belize Hanna Ranch and breakfast plus transportation back to the Belize City airport. Your return flight to the USA will be the afternoon Sunday, March 18th..
See attachment for the Tikal 2016 bird species list observed.
The cost of the field trip is $2990.00. Minimum of 3 participants for the trip to go. Covered is lodging, lodge meals, transportation, fuel, airport pick-up & drop off, Zoo entrance fee and field guides. Not covered are airfares, alcoholic beverages, food not provided by the lodges. Gratuities are optional. A $1,690.00 deposit is required upon registration. The balance is due January 15th, 2018, if you cancel after the balance is paid you can roll this into a guest account for a future YBT field trip of your choice within 13 months, or 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.
Please contact Rich with questions and support in airline reservations.
Richard Cimino – c/o Yellowbilled Tours Phone 925-353-0266
60 Elizabeth Circle
Greenbrae, Ca. 94904 email@example.com
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:
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!!