Another day for this Baja Birder at La Ribera lagoons.

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!

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

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.

Common Tern

Common Tern

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.

Beldings Savannah Sparrow

Beldings Savannah Sparrow

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.

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

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.

Yellow Warbler

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.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Merry Christmas from Chris and Debbie, happy birding and don’t forget to “like” us.

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2 Responses to Another day for this Baja Birder at La Ribera lagoons.

  1. Manuel says:

    Hello Oly, Thank you so much for all your knowledge that you share with us, very interesting and amusing the birds you capture with your camera, great pictures..
    I wish you una Feliz Navidad y un prospero
    Año Nuevo 2016 with tour family and friends
    Manuel el Cuervo

  2. mom says:

    WONDERFUL PHOTOS AGAIN, OLY—–LOVE, MOM

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