Baja Birders are on the move today.

We have a few birds to show to you from our La Ribera lagoon trip and then my darling Debbie and I are moving on to dry land.  Here’s a Little Blue Heron.  This young heron looks like a Snowy Egret at first glance.  But notice this bird has green legs instead of dark legs and lacks the “golden slippers” the Snowy has.  As this heron grows it will become more blueish in color.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

I spied a few dabbling ducks at the upper end of one of the ponds so I did a sneak-up.  Got just close enough for a shot before the birds started getting nervous.  I can tell I’m bugging them when they first look at me from an eye on one side of their head and then turn to look from the other.  Nervous birds = I leave them alone.  This American Widgeon struck a brief pose.

American Widgeon

American Widgeon

I take a step, obviously in the wrong direction as I spook up a wading bird I recognize from it’s alarm-voice.  It lands down the way I was going, so on my way back to the car I pause and admire this Greater Yellowlegs.  Birds often stand on one leg to moderate their body temps.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Before we leave, Debbie and I are amazed by the signs of a healthy estuary like these fish.  Big ones, little ones everywhere there was water.

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Okay, off we go to the San Antonio Biosphere.  The turn-off for the park is on the main highway past San Bartolo, over Puente Agua Blanca, turn left.  There are now some signs posted.  We stop frequently as we cruse, shut off the motor and listen.  Just like it was waiting for us, there’s a familiar sight.  A Lark Sparrow.  This little clown-faced bird often travels in small flocks.  When they fly away, these bird’s tails feathers flicker and flash white.

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Debbie and I see Gray Thrashers pretty often but how can a person resist taking a photo when a bird poses like this?

Gray Thrasher

Gray Thrasher

And a Western Scrub Jay says “what about me”?

Western Scrub Jay

Western Scrub Jay

We stop and park at the Km. 22 arroyo.  I’ve heard rumors of a Cape Pygmy Owl being spotted in this area. As we were looking for a likely looking hole-in-a-tree an owl might be in, we stop in a shady area and try some bird calls.  I often us a call on my Ipod loaded with IBird pro bird sounds that is a Black-capped Gnatcatcher.  This bird is not found here but lots of birds like to come and take a look when I use this call.  Debbie takes a photo of our first ever in Baja, Spotted Towhee.  What a beauty!

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Then it’s my turn for another first.  A bird very, very seldom seen in Baja Sur.  A MaCGillivrays Warbler and I can hardly contain myself!!!  Feel my nervousness?

MaCGillivray's  Warbler

MaCGillivray’s Warbler

Birds are coming at us from all directions.  A Cassin’s Vireo is oh-so curious.

Vireo,Cassin's

A Ladder-back Woodpecker is drumming up a storm on this tree.

Ladder-back Woodpecker

Ladder-back Woodpecker

We say good-bye to the biosphere.  There is so much to discover here and other places in Baja Sur.  Debbie shoots this Red-tailed Hawk silently soaring on it’s silky feathers as we take a breath and head out.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

What a day!  Just wait ’till you see what I found while quading up the San Bartolo arroyo yesterday.  You may not believe your eyes.  Okay, Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie.  Like us?…then “like us” on facebook.

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