Almost the entire north eastern quarter of Toledo is taken up by savannah grasslands know locally as savannah pine ridge. This broad band of lowland coastal grasslands continues most of the way north along the coast of Belize. We bird among the stands of pines and scrub oaks and islands of saw palmetto and find a different range of species for many families. We find the Acorn and Ladderback Woodpecker, Canivets Emerald and the Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Yellow-headed Parrot as well as the Rusty Sparrow, Grassshopper Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow, the Eastern Meadowlark and Black-throated Bobwhite.
We arrive by daybreak and bird facing west with the rising sun over our shoulders illuminating the electric blue of the Indigo Bunting foraging among the grasses. On our way back south we can stop to bird at Nim Li Punit Mayan site that offers mature broadleaf forest and the associated species.