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.
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.
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.
Moving along we see another migratory bird, a Long-billed Dowitcher doing a little dance for us.
Up ahead we spy a Killdeer running this way and that like he’s chasing his shadow.
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.
Resting and sunning themselves, a pair of buzzards (Turkey Vultures)
check out this other ole’ buzzard.
A Blue Heron thinks he’s hiding from us as he poses still as a statue.
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..
Happy Birding! from Chris and Debbie