Birding in Baja has been pretty slim pickins.

Black-headed Grosbeak.male.6

Black-headed Grosbeak

 

 

And I’m not talking about the famous Country Star, Slim Pickins.   I’m talking about the slim pickins when it comes to seeing birds in Baja this season. This is one of our Baja birds we have not spotted this winter.  Normally we see many migratory Black-headed Grosbeaks, especially at the feeders, by now.  Where are they? Nobody seems to know but we miss them.  We miss their songs, calls and antics as they snatch sunflower seeds from the bird feeders.

Another little beauty we haven’t seen so far this season is the Green-tailed Towhee.  These birds are always a delight as first we hear them scratching around in the bushes and then they briefly pop out seemingly to say high.

Green-tailed Towhee

Green-tailed Towhee

Another one of our favorite birds we normally see a lot of is the Northern Cardinal.  These birds are non-migratory so where are they?

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

I guess I could go on and on about the birds we’re not seeing.  The birds we are seeing have been plenty entertaining.  Watching the powerful dives of the Brown Pelican.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

And the buzzing displays of the Costa’s Hummingbird male as he defends his place at the feeder.

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

But we’re still looking forward to seeing some bathing beauties like the California Towhees.

Canyon Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Debbie and I walked up the road this morning.  Saw our good friends Kay and Bill and on the way back we had a great surprise.   First we hear a peep.  Okay, that’s different than what we’ve been hearing lately.  And then Debbie spots our very first Black-throated Sparrow of the year.

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

All is not lost.  I just hope the other missing birds aren’t far behind, where ever they may be.

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