Took a short quad ride up the arroyo to see what birds might be hiding out in the desert scrub. I parked the rig under a bush for shade and looked around. Not a thing in sight, so I decided to do a little calling. I’ve heard a Western Screech-Owl calling at night from time to time and that’s the call I played on my ipod. Right off, 4 or 5 Ash-throated Flycatchers flew in to challenge the owl.
I stop the call for a while so as not to bug the birds too much and then I see a curious Black-throated Sparrow.
After a bit, I start up the quad and move on. The birds are getting a little agitated, I think. They’re wiping their beaks on branches like they want to bite someone. At the new spot I use a call of a Black-capped Gnatcatcher. We don’t have any of these birds here but I’ve found other birds like the call. Here comes a Brewer’s Sparrow.
And right along side of it is a House Finch. Where’s that call coming from? Pretty bird!
As I’m heading home, I see up ahead, a bird I can’t I.D. Hmmmm. Well I’ll be…. It’s a Lark Bunting. Never saw this bird in Baja before…
When I was leaving the lagoons a few days ago, I saw a Common Loon. I’ve seen these birds up north quit a bit but when I checked the ABA (American Birding Association, which we are members of) records, I found this bird to be listed as “rare” in Baja Sur.
That’s it for today, from Chris and Debbie—Happy Birding!!!!!!