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Recommended private birding guide in Belize

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl – this was my favorite of the whole day – photo by Cayo Birders Club

Last spring my BFF Kathe and I spent 5 days in Cayo, aka “cottage country” in Western Belize. We stayed in a cute cottage at Windy Hill Resort and took day trips out of there.

One of the things on my bucket list was to hire a private birding guide in Belize so that I could broaden my knowledge of Belize birds. Elmer, the manager of Windy Hill, set us up with David Hernandez… what a great tip that was!

David is a dedicated birder, and has set up an excellent Facebook page called the Cayo Birders Club. He took us to three different locations, all near San Ignacio. We spent about 4 hours with him that morning. Mostly he identified birds by sound. We started out on the grounds of Windy Hill, and then moved on to up behind Cahal Pech ruin, then to the confluence of the Macal and Mopan Rivers, and finished up under the Hawksworth Bridge on the banks of the Belize River.

While behind Cahal Pech he also showed us some unrestored ruins that no one but locals know about. We saw a stelae from 300 BC and pottery sherds all over the place. We also heard howler monkeys in the distance. What a morning! You can contact David directly: hernadav2219@yahoo.com. Here is the list of all of the birds that we saw that day.

Spotted Sandpiper
Linneated Woodpecker
American Redstart
Golden-Fronted Woodpecker
White-Fronted Parrot
Great-Tailed Grackle
Social Flycatcher
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Yello-Tailed Oriole
Clay Colored Thrush
Great Kiskadee
Plain Chachalaca
Green Jay
Magnolia Warbler
Gray Catbird
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Yellow-Throated Vireo
Turkey Vulture
Red-Billed Pigeon
Indigo Bunting
Mashed Tityra
Sulphur-Bellied Flycatcher
White Collared Seed Eater
Blue-Gray Tanager
Baltimore Oriole
Rufus Tailed Hummingbird
Keel-Billed Toucan
Female Summer Tanager
Cormorant
Green Kingfisher
Cerulean Warbler
Amazon Kingfisher

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