Belize Raptor Spotlight: Black-collared Hawk

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Black-collared Hawk - adult; Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

Last year at this time, I spent two months in Belize helping to count raptors at the Cattle Landing Hawk Watch site in Punta Gorda, Belize, for Belize Raptor Research Institute. This hawk watch site has seen incredible numbers of Hook-billed Kites, and is the only place in the world where you can see such numbers migrating south. The fall …


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Santa Rosa Island Raptor banding 2015

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In the eyrie of the Carrington chicks

I’ve been working on Santa Rosa Island for the Institute for Wildlife Studies for nearly four months now, monitoring Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle nests. This week was banding week on SRI, the culmination of all of our hours of observation and hiking. I have lots of photos from the last few months and posts to write, but I figured I’d …


Santa Rosa Tour 3 Update: Part Two, March 14-17

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Common goldfields (Lasthenia gracilis) are still abundant

Wow, does time fly by when you are on an eight day on, six day off schedule (this schedule is possibly the secret to life). I’ve finally gotten around to posting the second half of tour three on Santa Rosa Island, working for Institute for Wildlife Studies (Read part one here first!) Weather was excellent for the second half of tour 3 as …


Santa Rosa Tour 3 Update: Part One, March 11-13

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Common Raven searching for grubs at housing

We arrived for our third tour on Santa Rosa on March 10 (I am currently working for Institute for Wildlife Studies monitoring Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles on Santa Rosa Island). Since we stopped at both landing sites on Santa Cruz, we didn’t arrive until later afternoon. On Wednesday, we headed to the west side of the island where we …


Santa Rosa Tour 2 Update: Part Two, February 27 – March 3

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Elephant Seal basking in the sun on Santa Rosa Island

Weather can be extremely variable on the Channel Islands, as we found out during the second half of our second tour on Santa Rosa working for Institute for Wildlife Studies. Friday was our most brutal day on the island with very high winds; our legs were being blown out from underneath us on the long trek to Bonn Point. The …


Belize Mammal Spotlight: Baird’s Tapir

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A young Baird's Tapir, Golden Stream Corridor Preserve, Belize; photo by Victor Bonilla

Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Belize to participate in the Belize Raptor Research Institute Cattle Landing Hawk Watch. Through this experience, I met count leader Victor Bonilla, who also works for Ya’axche Conservation Trust in Belize. I feel very grateful to have met Victor, and I learned a lot about the local raptors in Belize from both him …


Santa Rosa Island, Tour 2 Update: Part 1, February 24-26

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Peregrine Falcon - female

After arriving on Santa Rosa Island Tuesday afternoon for our second tour with Institute for Wildlife Studies monitoring Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon populations, Sarah and I checked on the Lopez Bald Eagles, who are now incubating; this means both of our known pairs on Santa Rosa now have eggs. We are still following up on other eagle sightings on …


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Santa Rosa Island: Tour 1 Update

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Allen's Hummingbird - male

It’s been a busy month as I said goodbye to my work with Florida Scrub-Jays in Ocala National Forest and took a new position in California. I now work for the Institute for Wildlife Studies as a Raptor Biologist on Santa Rosa Island. Santa Rosa Island is part of the Channel Islands National Park. I’ve birded this area a few times …


BRRI Hawkwatch: November 22, 2014

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112214 owler Monkey 10

Migration seems to be slowing down at the BRRI Cattle Landing Hawkwatch run by Belize Raptor Research Institute, but we still managed to get a few good migrants today. We counted a handful of Broad-winged hawks, seventeen Hook-billed Kites, and we also broke our record for latest Mississippi Kite in Belize (another juvenile). Around 1:30 pm while things were slow, Isael and …


Belize Birding: Groove-billed Ani

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Groove-billed Anis think that if they don't move, you can't see them.

Groove-billed Anis are fairly common in Cattle Landing, Belize. I see them nearly every day at our count site, and birding along forest edges, roads, and fields in the morning almost always turns up a group of them. You can usually hear them before you seen them (click to hear call). They are common in lowlands and can be found …