Birding Belize 2006
Journal 11 Jan 06


Jan 09 (Florida)
Jan 10 (Florida)
Jan 11 (Florida)
Jan 12 (Dangriga)
Jan 13 (Dangriga)
Jan 14 (Dangriga)
Jan 15 (Southwater)
Jan 16 (Southwater)
Jan 17 (Southwater)
Jan 18 (Chan Chich)
Jan 19 (Chan Chich)
Jan 20 (Chan Chich)
Jan 21 (Chan Chich)
Jan 22 (Chan Chich)
Jan 23 (Chan Chich)
Jan 24 (Chan Chich)
Hidden Valley
Bird Photos
Trip List
Up at 6:00 AM and on the road for Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. After bad coffee at a Dunkin Donuts, we lost the road to Corkscrew to a combination of construction, changed road alignments and no signs. But we did eventually find it. Excellent boardwalk birding. We did one full lap and one shortcut lap, split by a delightful lunch at the visitor center with National Audubon's Wayne Mones. Photography was a little harder at Corkscrew, but the bird diversity was a little higher. Another place you could spend a week and never get bored. We were able to give it half a day.

It's not something I've experienced before: it was sometimes hard to hear other birds for the screaming disputes of Red-shouldered Hawks as they sorted out the turf. A nice selection of woodpeckers: Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy and Hairy, and a couple of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. A Great-crested Flycatcher that was a lifer. A White-eyed and a Blue-headed Vireo in the same tree for easy comparison. Just very nice birding.

From there we headed to Imahokee, but by then we were so far behind schedule that we couldn't stay. So we headed back across the peninsula on the Tamiami Highway. Lots of Loggerhead Shrikes. The drive to Miami was uneventful except that we got lost in Miami, and ended up exploring various unsavory nooks and crannies before finding the airport and calling for instructions to our hotel. Not all points visited were prudent, but we emerged unscathed.

Tomorrow we leave for Belize.

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Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Gold-fronted Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

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