TOLEDO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (7-10th December, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Some direct buses leave Belize City for Punta Gorda (PG) but other times you have to change at Dangriga. PG can also be reached by boat from Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. PG is a very laid back town and I stayed at the Nature's Way Guest House which has basic rooms at reasonable prices. There are a few places to eat in town. Some places are just peoples houses that sell food but there is a nice ice cream parlour in town that also has snacks. PG is on the coast and you can see a few coastal birds by walking along the front. Walking around the outside of town I saw a few common birds. The road north crosses a small river along which there are some mangroves. It seems you can rent canoes here which might be worth doing. The next site is more interesting. 34 species including 1 lifer. 

Species seen 

  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  • Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  • Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  • Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
  • Royal Tern Sterna maxima
  • Common Tern ? Sterna hirundo
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
  • Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  • Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  • Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
  • White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  • Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
  • Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica
  • American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
  • Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse