Baja birding the lagoons.

My darling Debbie and I drove down to the lagoons in La Ribera.  Didn’t know what we would find on our first trip there after you-know-what (yes, Hurricane Odile) and we were a little surprised to find the sand dunes gone.  The fore-dunes that pretty much protects the estuaries from complete salt water intrusion have been washed away, giving the sea a chance to cleanse the pools and wash away all the trash from people’s picnics that had piled up along the estero shores.  The entire area looks fresh and clean albeit the tons of natures debris left to help the dunes build once again.

Where the dunes were

Where the dunes were

We were immediately greeted by our old friend the Spotted Sandpiper, sometimes called (at least by me, anyway), a teeter-tail because of the way it bobs it’s tail up and down while searching for a meal.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to give anyone a feeling the estuaries are history, on the contrary, there is much beauty to award any visitor, like these Greater Yellowlegs wading in the brackish waters.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Moving along we see another migratory bird, a Long-billed Dowitcher doing a little dance for us.

Long-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up ahead we spy a Killdeer running this way and that like he’s chasing his shadow.

Killdeer

Killdeer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking back, we see the Dowitcher ducking from the harmless splashing of an American Coot, something like when I sneeze while Chica (our cat) is walking by in the living room.

Long-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Coot

American Coot

 

Resting and sunning themselves, a pair of buzzards (Turkey Vultures)

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures

check out this other ole’ buzzard.

ole' buzzard

ole’ buzzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Blue Heron thinks he’s hiding from us as he poses still as a statue.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having taken too many pictures (courtesy of Debbie)  for one blog, I’ll leave today with a distant shot and a first for us in Baja, a Merlin, (looks like a dark Kestrel).  Goes to show one never knows what will pop-up while birding.  Don’t forget to buy our book, Birds We See in Baja… Just click on the book-link for details to order or look for us at the up-coming art fair in Los Barriles December 7..

Merlin

Merlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Happy Birding! from Chris and Debbie

 

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One Response to Baja birding the lagoons.

  1. Lu says:

    Love it. Sorry I didn’t recognize the tall handsome bird with apparatus hanging around him trying hard not to be seen. Keep up the great stories with and without humor.
    Lu

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