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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Crooked Tree, Crooked Tree

Fiona with her long and strongly felt love of the cashew nut was desperate to get to the location of the famous Cashew Fest in the village of Crooked Tree.  As it happens, Crooked Tree is in the middle of an internationally important area for birds so I was happy to go there too.

We spent a couple of nights in this sleepy little village wandering the trails and admiring the birds and cashew trees. I particularly liked a tiny bit of marsh that had Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis’, Great White Egret, Snowy Egret, Green-backed Heron, Bare-faced Tiger-Heron and Northern Jacana all feeding together.

Fiona liked the spoonbill because it was pink.

We also saw the Prothonatory Warbler, notable simply because of its ridiculous name. Marvelous. I don’t even know what prothonatory means can anyone enlighten me?

We searched the shops for Cashews but too no avail (actually, we searched for the shops too - they were camouflaged as houses - this is a local village for local people). Cashew season is May apparently. Only when we were disembarking the bus in Belize City did Fiona spy what she was looking for. She accosted an poor man who was off to market and just happened to have a large bag of cashews. Purchase made, Fiona was happy.


  Keir wrote @ September 26th, 2007 at 3:00 am

not wishing to be a know it all (cause that is lach) but having done a small amount of research I find that you have spelt your birds name wrong and it should be prothonotary which when is wikied turns out to come from the greek and means the “principle clerk of the court” or “first scribe”.

  Keir wrote @ September 26th, 2007 at 3:05 am

ooh now that I read the whole thing I find that it is not due to their job but due their robes! “This bird was named after officials in the Roman Catholic Church known as the protonotarii, who wore golden robes.” Sorry for not being a know it all!

PS I saw to white tailed eagles while running last night

  lachlan wrote @ September 26th, 2007 at 4:28 am

Keir, you love being a know it all just generally you don’t know it!

  C, S & L’s Mum wrote @ September 26th, 2007 at 7:15 am

You spelt it wrong! That’s why Dad couldn’t find it - I didn’t even try, I know that Lachlan and Graeme would know more than I did, but I didn’t expect Keir to come up with the answer. Well done Keir!

  Keir wrote @ September 27th, 2007 at 4:45 am

I am so glad you have such low expectations of me. It is so much easier to impress folk that way

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ September 27th, 2007 at 8:45 am

We have very high expectations of you Keir, but we know that you are not a birder!
Another hurricane on its way to the Gulf of Mexico!

  Graeme wrote @ October 1st, 2007 at 6:06 am

any rotting infrastructure Chris ?

  Chris wrote @ October 2nd, 2007 at 4:21 pm

None to speak of, but there was a boardwalk through the bog marked on our map, but we couldn´t find it.

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