Rescues along Hummingbird Highway

This weekend was very busy! We got two new patients in. On Friday we received a call from a man who had a white fronted parrot for about 11 months – he had found her and her sibling as babies on the ground and brought them in as pets. The sibling escaped and this young bird got way too loud for his household (she is really loud!) Luckily he knew about Belize Bird Rescue and called us saying he wanted us to take her. Celisha, a woman who works here with Nikki, was going in his direction and arranged to pick up the parrot.

Meanwhile, Rachel and I made the long drive down Hummingbird Highway – an absolutely beautiful stretch of jungle road – towards Dangriga to pick up the white hawk that was found at Billy Barquedier National Park with an injured wing. The rangers picked up the hawk and placed him in a chicken coop where their children caught rats and lizards for him to eat. His crop was stuffed full when we got him. He is a little thin and appears to have a coracoid fracture so we are hoping after several weeks of cage rest he will be able to move to an aviary. Keep your fingers crossed for him – he is a gorgeous bird and the story of his rescue and the people caring for him is amazing.

Nikki’s property is beautiful and there is so much wildlife here! Today we went down to the river that runs on her property to see where the swimming hole is – while we were there we spotted a flock of indigo bunting and a coati mundi! So awesome, but of course, no camera. The coati made its way down to the river, took a drink and ran back in to the bush. 🙂 We have also been seeing lots of geckos (they live in the house eating flying insects), anoles, bats, and iguanas. There are many grey iguanas that live on the rocks that line the property. So cool to see these animals in the wild! Now I just need to remember to always have my camera with me!

Trish

The view from the car driving down Hummingbird highway.

The view from the car driving down Hummingbird highway.

A beautiful yellow tree in a sea of green jungle.

A beautiful yellow tree in a sea of green jungle.

Rachel holding the black and white hawk eagle for his exam.

Rachel holding the white hawk for his exam after a very long day!

Check out the markings on those feathers! Stunning.

Check out the markings on those feathers! Stunning.

Our new female white fronted parrot. She will join others and hopefully we be releasable.

Our new female white fronted parrot. She will join others after her quarantine and hopefully will be releasable.

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2 thoughts on “Rescues along Hummingbird Highway

  1. Julie Ross says:

    That picture of Rachel grinning with the hawk made my day. You two are amazing!

  2. trishfish42 says:

    Thanks Julie! We consulted our Belize bird book and discovered the hawk is actually a “white hawk” – still just as beautiful! We gave him a bath today in a plastic tub in Rachel’s shower. 🙂

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