Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bunting hunting in the Baja arroyos

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  Water? Check.  Food?  Check.  Cameras? Check.  Extra batteries? Check.  Ready?  Let’s go!  We jump on the quads and with smiles on our faces, head out to go Bunting hunting.  Varied bunting hunting to be exact.  We have been fortunate … Continue reading

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Sometimes birding Baja can be a little sad.

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  One of our favorite places to go birding in Baja Sur is up the arroyos near Los Barriles.  So today Debbie and I got the quads ready for a day trip and away we went.  We always have plenty of water, spare batteries … Continue reading

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My 2012 Wish List

  Since it’s the season, I’m going to post my wish list.  If you have any of these birds around and would like to share with us, please email us at your earliest convenience and we’ll come running, cameras in … Continue reading

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There was a sighting in San Jose, Baja Sur

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  at Flora’s Field Kitchen, by our good friends, Bill and Kay.  They said a male Vermilion Flycatcher came to visit them while they were having lunch there. We have some so-so photos of the female (front page).  We were … Continue reading

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This is a hummer we can call our own in Baja Sur.

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  The Xantus’s Hummingbird.  These birds were named after the Hungarian naturalist, JohnXantus.  John Xantus (October 5, 1825 – December 13, 1894)  collected and named many previously unrecognized animals and plants in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.  John Xantus was born in 1825 … Continue reading

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What a great Christmas present!

We got another lifer, the Cassin’s verio, and at the same time enjoyed the weather and surrounding beauty of Southern Baja.  I find a little cover to shoot behind and become frozen, waiting for some action.  In a bit, I look over … Continue reading

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Someone stopped by for a snack in our yard yesterday.

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  This is a Zone-tailed Hawk.  We know this bird as a Buteo.  Buteos are high-soaring hawks(as compared to Accipiters, woodland hawks) which makes them easy to spot in the daytime.  They often fly with their wings in a V … Continue reading

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A lifer for us!

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Yesterday, while walking towards a lagoon near our home in Baja California Sur, there seemed to be birds everywhere.  In the bushes and trees we saw Verdins, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Yellow Warbler and more.  Then we spotted something new to … Continue reading

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Blue-footed Boobies

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  These birds nest on the off-shore islands of The Sea of Cortez as well as South and Central America.  In Baja Sur we occasionally see Boobies flying or resting on floating debris or buoys when we’re boating out-to-sea.  We took … Continue reading

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Went birding up a little arroyo in Baja California Sur today.

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  We watched birds and birds we see watched us.  1st photo is an Ash-throated Flycatcher. This is a common bird here in Baja.  It has a call that sounds something like a coach’s whistle blowing.     I suppose … Continue reading

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While birding on El Cardonal Rd. Baja Sur

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we spotted what looked to be a lifer for us.  The beautiful bird pictured here is a Harris’s Hawk, (a Buteo).  Buteos are high-soaring hawks that are one of the easiest daytime birds-of-prey to spot.  These birds are chocolate brown … Continue reading

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More Baja Birds. A lifer for me, The Vermillion Flycatcher.

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  This little girl (6″) is easily mistaken for a Say’s Phoebe from a distance.  The female Vermillion Flycatchers seem to arrive ahead of the males in Baja California Sur during their southern migration.  I can’t wait to see male … Continue reading

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When I think of Egrets in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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  I usually think about birds like the Great Egret or Snowy Egrets.  The bird pictured here is a Reddish Egret.  This bird is new to me.  I’d really like to see it in breeding plumage.  Breeding adult has a … Continue reading

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Found a new place to bird and

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birds new to us to enjoy.  We went for a drive yesterday looking for an estero (estuary) we had heard rumors about.  We can’t disclose the exact location except to say it is south of Los Barriles, Baja Sur.  When … Continue reading

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