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Old Monday 7th October 2013, 09:25   #1
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Belize march 2014

Going to Belize in march 2014 and not having unlimited time, I need som advice on which site to visit in order to get the most out of birding while seeing the site - El Pilar or Xunantunich. Any advice on the best places to bird around San Ignasio would also be very helpful. We will have a rented car and would like to optimize both birding and sight seeing. We will have three full days at our disposal.

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If you can get to Caracol, the birding there was quite good, especially from the top of the pyramid.
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The area around Thousand Foot Falls is good, with Orange-breasted Falcon at the falls themselves (also when I visited in March 2007 King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, both close at almost eye level, nesting Plumbeous Vireo, and nearby Rusty Sparrows, Yellow-backed Oriole and a few other bits & bobs). There's an account of my trip here http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=83137 , with the Mountain Pine Ridge stuff on #12.

Have a great trip, and do please let us know how you got on.

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Thanks Jeff and James (looking forward to reading through your trip report). I'll make plans for both sites which leaves us with one day. Should we opt for El Pilar or Xunantunich or another site altogether?

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Having lived in Belize, albeit in 1985, I'd opt for Xunantunich and take in the ruins too. Given how long they've been there I can't imagine that they've changed much in less than 30 years!
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Having lived in Belize, albeit in 1985, I'd opt for Xunantunich and take in the ruins too. Given how long they've been there I can't imagine that they've changed much in less than 30 years!
We've decided to go to Xunantunich during the day time one day and doing the night walk from one of the nearby lodges the same day. Hope to see lots of good birds in the San Ignasio area.
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