birding at Hickatee
Your verandah provides a great place for the armchair birdwatcher to view the many different species of birds in the area - from kingfishers at our small creek to toucans feeding in the trumpet trees, or the delightful hummingbirds darting around the hibiscus flowers. Many pleasant early-mornings have been spent on the deck of Charlie's Bar with a cup of coffee identifying the several different birds in the garden. Sightings include:
American pygmy kingfisher
Start with coffee at 6am, 3 hours guided birding walk on the Hickatee trails, followed by your continental breakfast at Charlie's Bar. US$50 for up to 4 guests
"Birders will love the location, from the trails that start at the door step to the roadsides nearby. Try to book a birding trip with a local birder named George, even if you are not a birder, but especially if you are.. the guy is amazing."
For the more serious birdwatcher, a journey along Boom Creek Road (as Ex-Servicemen Road is commonly known) reveals yet more species - include the rare Ornate hawk-eagle. Click on the link to access the "Birds of Boom Creek Road" list (in Microsoft Excel format), kindly compiled for us by Lee Jones, author of "Birds of Belize". Many thanks Lee!
"A mile of jungle trails and excellent birding along Ex-Servicemen Road."
Regrettably, the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary is still closed, but there are still plenty of other places in the Toledo District for birders.