This amazing site was the first Wildlife Sanctuary established in Belize, and recognized internationally as a Ramsar Wetlands Site. Co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society, it is a great example of community-based conservation in action. Bird’s Eye View Lodge is locally owned and nestled right on the edge of the famous Crooked Tree Lagoon, with more 300 species reported nearby.
Here we will be on the lookout for the iconic Jabiru, the tallest flying bird in the Americas, which flocks to Crooked Tree by the dozens in the Dry Season. Other species highlights include Black-collared Hawks, Snail kites, Limpkins, Northern Jacanas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and a variety of herons, egrets, and kingfishers.
A stop at the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center never disappoints. Situated in Lowland Pine Savanna, in the heart of the Central Belize Corridor, Green Jays, Rufous-browed Peppershrikes, and Olive Sparrows are among the species regularly seen, as well as habitat specialists, including the Hepatic Tanager, Grace’s Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, the endemic Black-throated Bobwhite, and the endangered Yellow-headed Parrot.
Black Rock Lodge is a birder’s paradise! Species like White-winged Becards, Olive-backed Euphonias, Double-toothed Kites, Keel-billed Toucans, Red-legged Honeycreepers can be found with relative ease.
On our way to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a quick stop near Slate Creek Preserve will offer species like White-collared Swift, Bat Falcon, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper and White Hawk. We will be on high alert for a glimpse of uncommon Hawk-eagles, and the very rare Orange-breasted Falcon, all of which have been reported at Slate Creek. At the higher elevations, we will see other species like the Rusty Sparrow, Plumbeous Vireo and Rufous Capped Warbler.
A short stop at the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park will provide us with species like the White-breasted Wood Wren, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, White-whiskered Puffbird and Crimson-collared Tanager Forest species like Rufous Mourner, Golden-hooded Tanager, and Chestnut-headed Oropendula …. will be found at the Mayflower Bocawina National Park and the Cockscomb Species.
A visit to Red Bank village will provide us with a good view of the locally endangered scarlet macaw, a subspecies Ara macao cyanopetera.