Baja Birder at the San Bartolo Arroyo.

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.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Black-throated Sparrow

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.

Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer’s Sparrow

And right along side of it is a House Finch.  Where’s that call coming from?  Pretty bird!

House Finch

House Finch

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…

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting

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.

Common Loon

Common Loon

That’s it for today, from Chris and Debbie—Happy Birding!!!!!!

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One Response to Baja Birder at the San Bartolo Arroyo.

  1. mom says:

    Very interesting and beautiful as usual————Love, Mom

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