The Lodge at Pico Bonito: Birding Hotspots

Birding Hotspots Around the World

Rob Ripma

With all of the cold and snowy weather that those of us in much of the eastern US have been dealing with, my mind has been drifting back to a trip that I took to Honduras last November. Honduras has definitely not been fully explored by birders but the Lodge at Pico Bonito, where we stayed, is showing the world that the country is full of birding hotspots. From the second we arrive to the second we left, there were wonderful birds to be seen.

 

The Lodge at Pico Bonito Birding Hotspots

This sign welcomes you as you arrive at the Lodge at Pico Bonito.

The Lodge at Pico Bonito Birding Hotspot

The very welcoming entryway at the lodge also provides some amazing birding in the surrounding trees.

The birding around the lodge property is incredible and the variety of birds that you can see from the deck in the dinning room gives you a glimpse of the diversity without even having to take a hike! There are tons of hummingbird feeders feet from where you sit and many other species feeding on the fruiting trees that surround the deck.

 

Black-cheecked Woodpecker The Lodge at Pico Bonito birding hotspots

A pair of Black-cheecked Woodpeckers were eating lychee fruit just a few feet from where we were eating lunch on our first day at the lodge.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird The Lodge at Pico Bonito Birding Hotspots

The Rufous-tailed Hummingbird is the most common hummingbird at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. You can see many of them frequenting the hummingbird feeders.

If you head out hiking on the trails around the lodge, there is a totally different mix of species for you to see! The trails wind through some amazing forest and lead you to a few towers that take you up into the canopy of the forest offering eye level looks at some pretty awesome species like Keel-billed Toucan and Collared Aracari! In addition to the birds, there are many butterflies, lizards, and snakes. You’ll also be blown away by the beauty of the scenery on every hike!

 

Collared Aracari The Lodge at Pico Bonito Birding Hotspots

Collared Aracari are very common around the Lodge!

Tody Motmot The Lodge at Pico Bonito Birding Hotspots

The Tody Motmot is one of the major birding highlights that is found on the grounds of the Lodge at Pico Bonito.

Clearwing Butterfly The Lodge at Pico Bonito Birding Hotspots

Birds aren’t the only wonderful wildlife to see at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. The butterflies are pretty awesome especially this clearwing butterfly.

The Lodge, surrounding national park, and nearby Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge combine to  boast an incredible bird list of over 500 bird species! While I was on just a week long trip, we saw well over 200 species. I can’t think of a more wonderful lodge to stay at while spending a week checking out one of the top birding hotspots in Central America!

  1. Meredith says

    I recently spent a few hours in Roatan and fell in love with the place. I will definitely put Honduras (and more time in Roatan) on my bucket list! Thanks for the suggestion and pictures.

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