Drove south today. South of Los Barriles to the lagoons near La Ribera. Exiting the car, the first thing I notice is the warm, soft breeze blowin’ and a Reddish Egret staring at me with this look like “where ya been Oly?”. Debbie and I have been taking care of some medical issues, enough said about that. We’re back and I’m glad to see life in the lagoons.
I wander over to the surf-line and see a few sandpiper-like birds foraging, zipping this way and that. I’m pleased to see one of my favorite little guys, a Spotted Sandpiper. In typical fashion, with tail bobbing, searching for prey in the sand and staying just “so far” from me to feel safe.
Just a few feet further along I see this beautiful bird. Black legs, black bill I think “Western Sandpiper”, but no. I pay a little more attention to details and see this sandpiper has only 3 toes, most have 4. Oh good, this is a Sanderling and I don’t see many of these speedy birds here in Baja.
Looking at the lagoons, on a pile of snags there stands a Double-crested Cormorant. I know from the body color that this is a young bird. Their body-feathers get darker as they age. Just the opposite of my own hair.
In the distance I see a dark, little spot on the sand. Looking through the binos I see a Merlin. This is a small raptor that I see only around this lagoon.
And then it happens! I can’t believe my eyes! Debbie and I have been chasing this bird all over the Oregon and California coasts only to find “you should have been here yesterday”. Searching my mind, which doesn’t take long, I know this bird does not belong here. Oh geese, oh geese…can I get a shot before before they leave, or before I wake up? I fire away with my 7D Mark 2 Cannon and this is it. Greater white-fronted Geese!
I’m really excited about seeing these birds here. When I got home I entered the photo and location to eBird rarities. I’m still waiting for confirmation from them but I did get a confirmation from Whatbird,com. Last year there were some Brandt hanging around the lagoons for a short while and now these geese. Awesome!
I look up just in time to see a seldom-seen-in-Baja Sur bird. There goes an Elegant Tern.
Think I’ll show you one more special bird. I’ve seen this one many times before but I think this is the first time here. This long-legged wader is really something special-a Marbled Godwit. You can read all about this, and the other birds in the photos I posted today by clicking on the links.
Time to say good-bye for today. Happy Birding from Chris & Debbie and remember…if you like us, like us on FaceBook.