Wildlife and Belize Birdwatching
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Birding Tour
This massive Ramsar site was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary many years ago due to the importance it holds for waders and shorebirds. The main lagoon is fed by a small creek which pumps in water during the rainy season and drains out water during the dry season. As water levels fluctuate, waders can become very abundant. We will take a slow boat ride to search for all our target species.
Here we search for Black-collared Hawk, Jabiru, Sungrebe, and the huge Ringed Kingfisher. Along the more solitary creeks we will be looking for the ultra-elusive Agami Heron and the shy Boat-billed Herons. On the mud flats, sometimes Roseate Spoonbills gather in the hundreds and mingle with Purple Gallinule and Northern Jacanas. Snail Kites and Great Black-Hawks are also commonly found along the creeks.
As we exit this site, we have chances of spotting Crane Hawk and Yellow-headed Parrots along the savannahs. This is also a good spot for Vermilion Flycatchers and Fork-tailed Flycatchers. Look above for soaring White-tailed Hawks and Wood Storks.