Debbie and I are on our way to the Biosphere. Beautiful cool sunny day. We leave Los Barriles at daylight, soon passing the fruit stands in San Bartolo. The turn-off is just past the bridge over Agua Blanco. Turning left at the sign that says San Antonio we find a fairly well maintained dirt road and we quickly pass through the lower elevations looking for oak trees. In the oak tree habitat we’re hoping to find a bird or two new to us in Baja. We see familiar birds right off, like this American Kestrel.
In fact there were many of them, which is a good sign. Plenty of Kestrels=lots of Kestrel food. Kestrel food is small birds and other things like grasshoppers and lizards. Small birds are one of the subjects we’re looking for.
Looking up we see another sign of a healthy habitat. Several Red Tailed Hawks were soaring. The air is so quiet we can almost hear them glide along in their search for prey.
We go past a few ranch homes. Usually where there are people there is water. Where there is water there are insects. Insects means food for Flycatchers. We slow down as we near a casita and we do see a flycatcher. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher filling up on bo-bos.
Off and on between 15 and 20 miles up the road, going up and down hills, we see Oak trees. Pretty close to 16 miles out we come across an arroyo with a concrete road across it. Very birdie looking so we stop and get out. Debbie goes her way and I go towards some pecking sounds in the opposite direction. Holly smokes! Acorn Woodpeckers all over the place! We’ve seen these birds before in other places but never in Baja.
Debbie joins me. She takes a few shots of the birds working on their nest. In the second shot you can see the little holes in the bark of the native palm. That’s how and where they store the acorns they feed on. These woodpeckers really pack them in.
We saw another bird that we’ve seen before but never in Baja. A Black-throated Gray Warbler. Nice shot Debbie!
In the shadows of a tree we also saw a Wilson’s Warbler.
Remember us at Christmas. Our book, “Birds We See” in Baja California Sur, Mexico makes a wonderful gift.