The Jabur largest Western Hemisphere bird has been seen on all of our field trips.
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Check out the Belize and Guatemala 2022 bird species field trip lists. Clicking these links should download Word documents to your computer. If they don’t automatically download, just right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) and select an option to download. http://2022ebird_bz_life_list,pdf
March 2nd, 2023 Belize and Guatemala Tropical Birding extension.
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. English is the main language of Belize.
2022 Field trip was successful. Here are a few brief testimonials;
My trip was a wonderful experience. The group was great and I made new friends. I added 53 new species to my life list. Although there were expected situations. they were quickly resolved. I would recommend Yellowbilled Tours to my birding friends wanting to bird this area. Thanks. Andy Garcia, San Antonio, TX.
Wow, really terrific trip…”120” lifers! You and Janet really did a wonderful job. Jim Ross-Oakdale, California
The field trip was more than we expected. We had great accommodations throughout the field trip. Jim and Patty Crumpler, California
GREAT NEWS!!!! THE GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE and Guatemala have opened for Birders. VISITORS ARE FREE TO GO TO ANY TOURIST DESTINATION OR STAY AT ANY RESORT/ACCOMMODATION WITH NO RESTRICTIONS.
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 2023 field trips are limited to 6 participants on each trip. A minimum of 4 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. Custom and Private field trips for couples can be arranged also.
Tropical Birding Trip Registration
For Yellowbilled Tours Belize 2023 field trip registration details, call or email Rich Cimino.
Cell: 925-353-0266 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tropical Birding Trip Itinerary
Plan to arrive at the Phillip Gordon Intl. Airport by 4PM to begin Birding Belize on Wednesday March 1, 2023. We will meet you and drive you to the Belize City hotel.
DAY 1 & 2 : Birding Stann District of Belize
Day 1: The morning of March 2, we will drive southwest along the Hummingbird highway stopping at a few birding hotspots. We will be lodging in Hopkins for two days (March 2 & 3) on Caribbean Sea. Hopkins is a laid-back beach village with great wetlands and forest birding nearby. The village has wonderful restaurants walking distance from our lodging.
Day 2: We will be birding locations in the Maya Mountains such as Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Hopkins Wetlands to the west, and other hotspots. We can expect to see several species like Puffbird, Toucans, Toucanet, Hummingbirds, Manakins, Tyrant Flycatchers, Vaux’s Swifts, Euphonias, Saltators, Pigeons, Doves, Golden-hooded Tanager, Wood Warblers, and Orioles. The Scarlet Macaw is a key focus species for us.
Day 3: After breakfast, we depart to the western part of Belize, just miles from the Guatemala border. Our destination is Black Rock Lodge driving the Hummingbird Highway. There will be several key birding locations in the Maya Mountains along this roadway including Mountain Pine Preserve. Other habitats we’ll bird are grasslands, wetlands, and jungle forest. We will seek the species mentioned above plus Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, Nootropic Cormorant, etc.
DAY 4: Birding Pine Mountain Preserve Belize: In the morning we will bird the lowlands 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, Tityras, Band-backed Wren, Thick-billed Seed Finch, Variable Seedeater, Grassland Yellow Finch and Giant Cowbird, Laughing Falcon and Bat Falcon and possible Plumbeous Kite. Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve is known for raptors. The next morning, we leave for Guatemala.
DAYS 6: 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 a must 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 birding in Tikal with a certified Guatemalan guide. We will be staying in the Tikal National Park Jungle Lodge with meals included.
Day 7: After breakfast we’ll bird a different section of Tikal seeking hummingbird’s waterbirds. We leave Tikal after lunch. Driving to back to Belize, Crooked Tree Preserve northwest of Belize City, birding the Belize District for the next 2 days.
Day 8 & 9: We are scheduled for an exciting 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 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 locally in search of warblers along the Limpkin Boardwalk. On 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.
Day 10: Your return flight to the USA will be Saturday afternoon March 11th. If you plan to stay longer in Belize, I recommend the Best Western Hotel which is close to the International Airport. The hotel shuttle will take you to the Belize International Airport to continue your journey home. An option, not part of the field trip, is to take a water taxi ($20.00 fare) to Ambergris Caye for an overnight or a few days of birding and beach life. Contact me if you have an interest in this extension.
Tropical Birding Trip Prices
The cost of the Belize field trip including Tikal Guatemala is $ 3790.00. We need a minimum of 4 participants for the trip to go. The fee includes lodging, meals, transportation, fuel, airport pick-up & drop off, Guatemala border fees, Park entrance fees and field guides. Not covered are airfares, alcoholic beverages, and food or meals not provided by the lodges. Gratuities are optional. A $2000.00 deposit is required upon registration. The balance of $1790.00 is due on January 3, 2023. For smaller groups a surcharge for a small group of 3 participants of $700.00 per attendee, 2 participants per attendee is $900.00. If you must cancel with in 90 days of the field trip a administrative fee of $400.00 will be applied. After the balance is paid, there can be no refund unless a replacement can be found.
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