This amazing day began, as I walked the lagoons, with spotting a strange bird swimming with a bunch of American Coots. In a way, looking similar to a coot ( is related), this bird took off before I could be sure what it was. I did get a photo and checking review, I could see this was a Common Gallinule. Maybe not so “common” at this estuary as I’d never seen one here before. And Swimming with coots? weird!
And then I turn my attention to the surf-line. Some very high tides have been inundating the pools with salt water. Out over the breakers I see some sea-birds. A smallish bird was flying near some Caspian Terns. Hmmm? Black bill, head partially covered in black feathers, long pointy wings? I know what it is not, but I don’t know what it is. I have to check this out when I get home. To make a long story short, the forum agreed with me that this is a Common Tern. Rated as “rare” in Baja Sur and endangered in many of the areas where it is in range.
All I have to do is turn around and there, in the bushes is a sparrow-looking bird. Very white belly covered with dripping chocolate, I’m puzzled? Cropping the photo I took, I can see a little bit of yellow on the forehead. This is a Savannah Sparrow, probably a “Beldings” sub-species. NEVER saw one that looked like this before.
Nearby, I see a small flock of sparrows. At this distance, I’m thinking they’re just fairly common Chipping Sparrows. I take a shot to view later. When I get home, I’m surprised to see that this is a Clay-colored Sparrow. Surprised because I don’t see these vary often.
I walk down the road to see what I could see. To my left, I hear some birds making a commotion. A little dark but I take a shot anyway. Ahh…A Yellow Warbler.
On my way out, there’s something on top of a tree ahead. As if to say good-bye, a Loggerhead Shrike (sometimes called Butcherbirds for the way they impale their prey on cactus spines or barbed wire) poses for a photo. Handsome bird.
Merry Christmas from Chris and Debbie, happy birding and don’t forget to “like” us.