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March 3rd 2021 Belize and Guatemala Tropical Birding Trip
Belize is an amazing tropical birding trip destination. Here, you’ll find more than 580 species of birds in an area the size of Massachusetts. This makes Belize the perfect birding and bird photographing destination. With Yellowbilled Tours, we offer a small group venue with many varied habitats for birding. A week-long itinerary with us commonly produces a trip list of over 300 tropical bird species.
Here’s a partial list of the wonderful bird species you can photograph and add to your life list:
- Keel-billed Toucan
- Lesson’s Motmot
- Woodcreeper species
- Russet-naped Wood-Rail
- Yucatan Jay
- Bat Falcon
- Orange-breasted Falcon (Tikal)
- Agami Heron
Belize is an English-speaking country making travel much easier for North American travelers who are not bilingual. Yellowbilled Tours uses local Belize guides on portions of the field trip, supporting local eco-tourism. In addition, we also use locally-owned lodges and services operated by Belizeans or expats who are Belizean residents. Our many trips to Belize mean we know where to find the birds. In fact, Ebird shows Yellowbilled Tours’ owner, Rich Cimino, in the top 100 of Belize birding with 372 species observed. These trips bring together birding enthusiasts in a small group where many new friendships are formed.
The 2020 field trips are limited to 6 participants on each trip. A minimum of 3 will be required to proceed with the trip. This field trip offers birders with limited Central American birding experience a great introduction into birding the tropics.
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Tropical Birding Trip Itinerary
DAY 1: Birding Belize
Birding Belize begins with us meeting at the Belize International Airport no later than 3PM. A van will be waiting to shuttle us to the Crooked Tree Preserve where we 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, Great Kiskadee, Gray-breasted Martin, Clay-colored Robin, Yellow-throated Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, and more.
DAY 2: Birding Belize
We will take a boat trip on the Crooked Tree Lagoon and up Spanish Creek seeking the Snail Kite, Great Black Hawk, Belted, Pygmy and Green Kingfishers, Wood Stork, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill and other wading bird species. In addition, we’ll also look for the Wood Rail and the Ruddy Crake as well as Sandpipers staging for their migration north. White-rump Sandpiper is possible as is Semipalmated Sandpiper. On our return we will walk local trails. Here we may see four species of Orioles, Hooded, Baltimore, Orchard and Black-cowled Oriole plus Great Kiskadee, and Boat-billed Flycatcher. Late morning we’ll bird Woodcreeper Woods in search of Ruddy and Tawny-winged woodcreepers. After lunch we stay local in search of warblers along the Limpkin boardwalk the Savannah Pine habitat trail, we’ll be looking for Bat Falcon plus Yellow-headed and Yellow-lored Parrots, Olive-throated Parakeets and Yucatan Jays.
DAYS 3 & 4: Birding Belize
After breakfast, we depart to the Southwestern part of Belize. Our destination is the Hopkins in the Cayo District driving the Hummingbird Highway. There will be several key birding locations in the Maya Mountains along this roadway including Mayflower National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Maya Mountains to the west are hotspots to visit. Other habitats we’ll bird are grassland, wetlands, and jungle forest. We can expect to see several species like Puffbird, Toucans, Toucanet, Hummingbirds, Manakins Flycatchers, Vaux’s Swifts, Euphonias, Saltators, Pigeon, Doves, Golden-hooded Tanagers, Warblers, and Orioles. The Scarlet Macaw is a key focus species for us. We have our lodging in Hopkins. From Hopkins, we travel to the Mountain Pine Preserve which places us near the Guatemala border.
DAY 5: Birding Belize
In the morning we will bird the low lands of Mountain Pine Forest Preserve. The birding is very good here for raptors with a mixture of grasslands, forest, and riparian habitats. Key species we may find here are Hawks, Kites, 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 Plumbeous Kite. In the afternoon we’ll bird Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve for raptors. The next morning we leave for Guatemala.
DAYS 6 & 7: Birding Guatemala
Birding Guatemala Tikal Maya Ruins. This is an early morning drive to the Guatemala National Park Tikal ruins. This bird-rich habitat is suggested for all birders. We have recorded 295 species in Tikal, including Orange-breasted Falcon (2), Kentucky Warbler (6), Wood Thrush (15), Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, and many Ocellated Turkeys. This is a day and a half of intense birding in Tikal with a certified Belizean guide. We stay in the Jungle Lodge, returning mid-afternoon to the Hanna Ranch Lodge. This requires an extra night’s stay in Belize at Hanna Ranch with breakfast before we leave for Belize City airport. Your return flight to the USA will be Tuesday afternoon March 10th. If you plan to stay longer in Belize I will deliver you to the Belize International Airport to continue your journey.
Tropical Birding Trip Prices
The cost of the Belize trip alone is $ 2950.00. Including Tikal Guatemala, the field trip is $ 3790.00. Minimum of 4 participants for the trip to go. Covered are lodging, meals, transportation, fuel, airport pick-up & drop off, National Park entrance fees and field guides. Not covered are airfares, alcoholic beverages, and food not provided by the lodges. Gratuities are optional. A $1,880.00 deposit is required upon registration. The balance is due January 20th, 2021. 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 16 months. Every effort will be made to find a suitable replacement.
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