Monday, April 12, 2010

Ambergris Caye

We planned to snorkel, dive and relax on the beach here in Ambergris Caye.  We couldn't find anything on the Inter-web about birding the island and our Belize field guides are not clear about describing occurrences of birds on the Cayes.. Well, we were pleasantly surprised!

First, there were the 13 Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring over the beach waiting for fish scraps. Then there are the Pelicans and Caspian Terns.  All birds that you would assume on a Caye (caye is what they call island or key down here).  But then, we went bombing around on our golf cart and saw warblers, vireos, orioles, woodpeckers and all kinds of birds that we didn't expect to see on the caye.  Here are some quick photos:

First is Mangrove Warbler.  It is listed as a subspecies of Yellow Warbler in some books.

This is a White-collared Seedeater.  Tiny little bird with a grosbeak beak.

More later.  I'm just happy to have Internet access.  Now back to drinking and laying about.  Suckers . . .

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