Baja Birders at the Biosphere again.

Have to go back to the Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere again.  This place is amazing!

Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere

Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere

North out of Los Barriles , a few miles passed the neat little town of San Bartola, we turn left after going over the Bridge Agua Blanca.  There’s a sign there that says San Antonio.  We are looking for some elevation today as we pass through the first few miles of low-lands quickly.  There are often birds to see by the riparian areas and we have to check these out carefully as we move along.  We see White-winged Doves posing for us on a tree so we have to stop.

White-winged Doves

White-winged Doves

 

Then we spot a busy little flycatcher, a Pacific-slope Flycatcher.  Nice find!

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

The scenery is beautiful.  We had our good friends, Bill and Kay, along and as the elevations changes, so does the vegetation.  Check out this cactus, so unusual.

IMG_0239 I think our elevation was between 2,000 and 3,000 feet when we started seeing these cacti.  Looks to me like they grow in stages, probably mirroring the amount of rainfall during the growing season.  That’s just my guess.

We saw many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.  Birding-by-ear is helpful spotting these little guys.  They have a buzzing kind of “keeping in contact with the spouse” kind of call.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

 

As we enter into the Oak-Tree forests there are more and more birds.  It was nice and warm out but some folks that have a casita in the area said the nights had been in the low forties, burr…

 

 

There were flocks of Lark Sparrows.

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

and we were treated to a good look of a pair or two of California Towhees.

California Towhee

California Towhee

And then it happened!  Wow oh Wow!!!  A new bird for us in Baja.  We’ve seen this bird in Oregon and Arizona so I new immediately what it was.  Far away but I managed a proof shot of a Townsend’s Warbler. Small yellow and black bird that never sits still for very long.

Townsend's Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Last but not least for today is this distant photo of a sweet Lazuli Bunting.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Don’t forget, it’s not too late to buy that someone special a copy of our book, “Birds We See” in Baja for Christmas…Just contact me if you are in the Los Barriles area.  The book is also available for your Kindle at the Kindle Book store.

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