March 2012

Vermillion flycatcher in Belize © Donna Cooper
Vermillion flycatcher in Belize © Donna Cooper
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In March 2012, former Mass Audubon President Laura Johnson and renowned artist and author David Sibley led a group of 14 to northern and western Belize.

The tour began with a beautiful boat trip at Crooked Tree with a nesting (!) Bare-throated Tiger Heron sighted. Traveling north to Rio Bravo, we observed Toucans, Ocellated Turkeys, and explored the Mayan ruins at La Milpa.

In western Belize, we had grand birding at the beautiful site of Black Rock. One of the more exciting birds here was the Orange-breasted Falcon, posing on the cliffs above the Macal River. Drawing lessons with David Sibley, while observing the colorful tanagers and honeycreepers at the fruit trays, was also a superb opportunity.

Finally, on the last day, we had great looks at three Jabiru’s (the largest waders in the western hemisphere) in wetlands on our way to the airport. 

This program supported the Mass Audubon Campaign for Bird Conservation and we thank David Sibley for his generous time and energy.