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4 - 18 March 1997

by Kevin C. Loughlin

Here (finally) is my abbreviated trip report and bird list for my March 97 trip.

I had a 251 species including 6 heard only birds (marked with *)..

The areas visited were Mountain Pine Ridge, Caracol, Xunantunich, Crooked Tree Sanctuary, Guanacoste Park, Belmopan, Gales Point, Blue Hole Park, Cockscomb Sanctuary, Red Bank Village, Dangriga, South Water Caye, Monkey Bay Sanctuary, and the Belize Zoo. (Yes, great birding around the zoo area too.)

Trip Highlights (and low-lights):

March 4 - Arrived Belize, drove to Bull Frog Inn, Belmopan
(Low-light: Since my plane was delayed in Miami for five hours, there was not much daylight time left to bird.).  However, I had an immature Crane Hawk along the Northern Highway south of the airport on our way to Belmopan.

March 5 - Pine Ridge Lodge
Black-Crowned Tityra in Guanacoste Park, a lifer on the first day. A rare event for me. Wonderful views of a Slaty-tailed Trogon at Rio Frio Cave.  Relaxing along the Rio On.

March 6 - Pine Ridge Lodge
Left Pine Ridge Lodge before sunrise to get to Caracol early. Watched the sun rise over the mountains along the Macal River... beautiful. A White-Necked Jacobin dancing above the river in the morning light. Rufous-capped Warblers along the bank. Birding at Caracol was incredible. A Band-back Wren was another lifer. Several Plumbeous Kites viewed at eye-level from a temple at Caracol.

(Trip "low-light"... My Leica scope took a minor topple... destroying the prism. HOWEVER, I spoke with Leica and they agreed that the damage should not have happened, and they agreed to repair/replace it at no charge. They also informed me that they have extended their 3-year unconditional "Passport Warranty" to their scopes.)

March 7 - Bull Frog Inn, Belmopan
Two more lifers, Graces Warbler, and Hepatic Tanager.

March 8 - Paradise Inn, Crooked Tree
No birding

March 9 - Paradise Inn, Crooked Tree
Great views of a swooping Peregrine Falcon over the North Lagoon at Crooked Tree. Also good views of Jabiru.

March 10 - Paradise Inn, Crooked Tree
Jabirus on the nest along the New River Lagoon. Howler Monkeys in low branches at Lamanai enjoying their great views of humans.

March 11 - Bull Frog Inn, Belmopan
Finally saw the Collared Forest Falcon at Crooked Tree... at about ten feet.  Funny Moment: heard a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl at Crooked Tree, then realized it was a tape being played accidentally when luggage slipped onto the play button.

Arrived at Belmopan late evening and heard the Pygmy Owl again. Yelled at Alan for playing it as a joke... he pulled the tape out of his pocket, it was not in the player... there really was a Pygmy Owl nearby!

March 12 - Cockscomb Sanctuary
Found the Pygmy Owl early a.m. Great views.  Stopped at Blue Hole Park/St. Herman's Cave and found and photographed a pair of Common Tody Flycatchers building a nest, and a female White-collared Seedeater on the nest.

March 13 - Cockscomb Sanctuary
Woke to the chirps and whistles of a Piratic Flycatcher and two Social Flycatchers squabbling over the ownership of a nest. Yellow-winged Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Tanager, and Crimson-collared Tanager in one tree at the same time.
Close views of White-collared Manakins and a Red-capped Manikin displaying.

March 14 - Cockscomb Sanctuary
Seeing the Scarlet Macaws at Red Bank.

March 15 - Pelican Beach Resort, Dangriga
Cinnamon Becard singing sweetly in a tree low above our heads before leaving Cockscomb.  Enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the Caribbean breeze...

March 16 - Pelican Beach Resort, Dangriga
Hundreds of Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring over Man-O-War Caye.  A great day of snorkeling along the reef.
(Low-light: sunburn!)

March 17 - Bull Frog Inn, Belmopan
Saw three species of terns in a row on a dock at Gales Point: Sandwich, Royal, Gull-billed.

March 18 - Back to U.S.A.
(Low-light: Having to leave Belize again...)

Bird list
Common Name Scientific Name
*Great Tinamou Tinamus major
*Little Tinamou  Crypturellus soui
*Slaty-breasted Tinamou  Crypturellus boucardi
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Anhinga  Anhinga anhinga
Magnificent Frigatebird  Fregata magnificens
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Casmerodius albus
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja
Jabiru Jabiru mycteria
Wood Stork Mycteria americana
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
American Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea
Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescens
White Hawk Leucopternis albicollis
Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus
Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
Black-collared Hawk Busarellus nigricollis
Gray Hawk Buteo nitidus
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Laughing Falcon  Herpetotheres cachinnans
Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Aplomado Falcon  Falco femoralis
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deiroleucus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
Ocellated Turkey Agriocharis ocellata
Ruddy Crake Laterallus ruber
Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
Purple Gallinule Porphyrula martinica
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana
Limpkin  Aramus guarauna
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Northern Jacana  Jacana spinosa
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Least Sandpiper  Calidris minutilla
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Pale-vented Pigeon Columba cayennensis
Scaled Pigeon Columba speciosa
Red-billed Pigeon Columba flavirostris
Short-billed Pigeon Columba nigrirostris
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
Blue Ground-Dove Claravis pretiosa
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
Olive-throated Parakeet  Aratinga nana
Scarlet Macaw Ara macao
White-crowned Parrot Pionus senilis
White-fronted Parrot Amazona albifrons
Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis
Mealy Parrot Amazona farinosa
Yellow-headed Parrot Amazona oratrix
Squirrel Cuckoo  Piaya cayana
Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
*Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata
Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
Spot-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus maculicaudus
Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
Long-tailed Hermit Phaethornis superciliosus
Little Hermit Phaethornis longuemareus
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii
Fork-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii
White-bellied Emerald Amazilia candida
Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis
Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus
Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceus
*Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
Slaty-tailed Trogon Trogon massena
Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
American Pygmy Kingfisher Chloroceryle aenea
White-whiskered Puffbird Malacoptila panamensis
Rufous-tailed Jacamar Galbula ruficauda
Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani
Red-vented Woodpecker Melanerpes pygmaeus
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
Golden-olive Woodpecker  Piculus rubiginosus
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
Rufous-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis erythrothorax
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus rubiginosus
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina
Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
Barred Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes certhia
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius
Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
Dusky Antbird Cercomacra tyrannina
Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Ornithion semiflavum
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus coronatus
Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher Myiobius sulphureipygius
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Myiarchus tuberculifer
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana
Cinnamon Becard  Pachyramphus cinnamomeus
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Black-crowned Tityra Tityra inquisitor
*Thrushlike Manakin Schiffornis turdinus
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei
Red-capped Manakin Pipra mentalis
Purple Martin Progne subis
Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
Band-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
Spot-breasted Wren Thryothorus maculipectus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra
White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
Lesser Greenlet  Hylophilus decurtatus
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
Northern Parula  Parula americana
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens
Yellow-throated Warbler  Dendroica dominica
Grace's Warbler  Dendroica graciae
Black-and-white Warbler  Mniotilta varia
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
Golden-masked Tanager Tangara larvata
Red-legged Honeycreeper  Cyanerpes cyaneus
Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
Gray-headed Tanager Eucometis penicillata
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager  Habia rubica
Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda
Hepatic Tanager  Piranga flava
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus
Scarlet-rumped Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris
Green-backed Sparrow Arremonops chloronotus
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
Variable Seedeater Sporophila aurita
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed Cowbird  Molothrus aeneus
Black-cowled Oriole Icterus dominicensis
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
Yellow-backed Oriole Icterus chrysater
Northern Oriole  Icterus galbula
Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
Chestnut-headed Oropendola Psarocolius wagleri
Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma
Black-headed Siskin Carduelis notata

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