How I Began to Become a Bird Nerd on Ambergris Caye
Yesterday was my very first day of birding class. OFFICIAL birding class.
I’ve dabbled a bit. I camped out in the amazing Chiquibil Forest Reserve to guard fledgling scarlet macaws – twice. I’ve been birding at gorgeous Hidden Valley Inn to see some rare birds – ones that people visit Belize to see – the orange-breasted falcon, the King Vulture and swallow tailed kite. All in some of the most stunning landscape in Belize.
And I’ve seen some great birds on Ambergris Caye – especially while driving back and forth to town and at the camp on Cayo Frances. Crazy ones like a great horned owl sitting on a wire – the beautiful roseate spoonbill and impressive wood stork – chacalacas and yucatan jays chit chattering the morning…and my favorite olive throated parakeets.
I wish I had a better picture but I was SCREAMING!
Audubon Society runs an Urban Bird Watch in San Pedro every October – just as the migrating birds are moving in.
So when I saw the opportunity above – I knew I had to sign up.
My birthday gift – a pair of binoculars – couldn’t have been better timed!
Yesterday was my first day – classroom study.
I woke up early and headed to town. A ridiculously gorgeous HOT morning. Here are my pics.
Love the quiet streets at 8am.
Approaching Central Park, San Pedro.
Nook Restaurant – which used to be on the beach – has now moved to a cute little spot. With lots more cart and food traffic. (Here’s my last visit)
If I am in town before 9am (which is fairly infrequent) – I MUST get ham and cheese johnny cakes at Celi’s. Warm and melty…with extra soda in the cake…so good.
So good that I posed with it twice.
I headed up to the class.
And then a few more hours later…I was signed up for ebird.com and ready to get out there.
More on that later. But here are some of the pictures as I headed home for the day.