Baja birders at the lagoons again

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.

Egret, Reddish

 

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.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

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.Sanderling

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.

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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.

Merlin

Merlin

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!

Greater white-fronted Goose

Greater white-fronted Goose

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.

Elegant Tern

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.

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Time to say good-bye for today.  Happy Birding from Chris & Debbie and remember…if you like us, like us on FaceBook.

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2 Responses to Baja birders at the lagoons again

  1. Oly says:

    I spoke with our contractor yesterday. He said he saw, for the first time ever, a black Cardinal-like bird. Of course that would be a Phainopepla. Pretty common in Baja Sur. Hes’ about 50 years old and I told him he needs to open his eyes and look closer at the little things in the world.
    Thanks for the kind words.
    Chris

  2. hburgin says:

    Great shots! And great rarity finds! Glad you are back in Baja.
    hb

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