As the winter residents fly north to breed our year round residents begin a flurry of courting and nesting activity lasting from mid-April through mid-June. In May 2008 sixteen different species of bird were nesting within 30 yards of the lodge.
Great birding is not just about ticking off the largest number of species on your Belize checklist. A longer, closer look at fewer species, but focusing on bird behavior, can offer an entirely different birding experience which can be even more enriching. And what more public display of bird behavior is there than their courtship rituals and nesting behavior.
To observe resident neotropic species during the mating season the Lodge at Big Falls is offering a new birding package focusing on the courtship rituals and nesting and rearing habits of some of these species which mate during the last two months of the dry season from mid-April until mid-June. We will scout out sites in advance of your visit and show you between 20-40 nesting species. We will take you there during the first two days of your trip and then you can return to sketch or photograph or simply take a long look at the birds’ behavior using blinds provided by the lodge.
Guests visiting The Lodge at Big Falls in May have witnessed a Black-and- white Owl hijack a nest built by a Gray Hawk. The Gray Hawk conceded after several early morning skirmishes as the hawk glided towards its nest only t find the owl in occupation. Tanagers will fight each other for nesting spaces in the same tree but be tolerant of other species. The Yellow-winged Tanager dominates the Blue Gray Tanager, by the way. And in March when Kiskadees begin to pair the male will display a magnificent yellow-orange fan which emerges from just above its lores and stands erect about 3-4 cms to thrill the female it is trying to attract.
This 8-day/7-night birding package is offered for just $1,650 per person sharing accommodation and includes all meals, transfers to and from Punta Gorda, free use of the Lodge’s facilities including kayaks, guiding services on each day of your stay and four days trips out from the Lodge to different birding locations. Starts