Papayas are a Bird Watcher’s Best Friend

Birds at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize eat like kings.  They have their pick of over 20 different species of fruit trees found in our plantation and along our jungle hiking trails. No wonder different birds are always coming back! Varieties of fruits are found throughout the year, making Lower Dover a great spot for birding in Belize in all seasons.  It’s obviously better in winter when the migratory birds of North America call Lower Dover Jungle Lodge their home. Plus its 85 degrees right now… beats holding binoculars in Edmonton!

Prime Birdwatching habitat found at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize

Once again a bird stopped by the Papaya tree outside the most affordable accommodation in Belize, the bunkhouse at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge. This Papaya has had a lot of attention from birds lately. For those that are new to following the blog, we have great bird photos recently from the same spot: Collard Aracari and Yellow-Winged Tanager.

Birding at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize

Blue-Grey Tanager feasting on a ripe Papaya

This time it was a Blue-Grey Tanager that decided the ripe Papaya was too good to pass up. Birds of Belize, by H. Lee Jones, identifies the Blue-Grey Tanager with an “unmistakable pale grayish blue underside and darker on back, with bright turquoise blue wings and tail.”

The best bird watching in Belize happens at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge

Jungle Bird Sighting - Blue-Grey Tanager

Jones describes the bird’s habitat as frequenting fruiting trees. Guess that means we will be seeing the Blue-Grey Tanager while bird watching at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in the future!

Even though this bird is flying away... it is sure to be back for more ripe fruit soon!

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