PETEN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (15-18th December, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Flores was used as a base to visit Tikal. It is an island in the large Lake Peten Itza reached by a causeway from the town of Santa Elena. A few species could be seen from the causeway and round the edges of the island. The only real species of note was Royal Tern. Normally a coastal species but has been seen inland in Peten before. I saw 19 species during my few days staying here.

Species seen

  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
  • Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
  • Royal Tern Sterna maxima
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Author: Charles Hesse