Debbie and I did a little bird counting today


Living on the East Cape of Baja Sur, we have these electrical “brown-outs” every now and then.  We had one this afternoon so we took a break from work and had some fun on the back patio. (don’t get smart!)

Hooded Oriole

The south patio is one of our favorite places to be when the wind is howling.  It’s actually an after-construction improvement we made when we discovered how the wind blew much of the winter-time in Los Barriles.  This area is well protected from the north winds.  Lucky for us, that’s where the birds like to be when it’s blowin’ like all get-out.  We had a lot of fun counting the different species we could see from right where we were sitting.  So here it goes.  First (above) was a Hooded Oriole.


Scott's Oriole

Black-headed Grosbeak




















Northern Cardinal


Cactus Wren






We counted 25 species of birds in about one hour!  Following is a list of the other birds we saw;

#s 7 – 25… House Finch, English Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-winged Dove, Common Ground Dove, Turkey VultureZone-tailed Hawk, Magnificent Frigate-bird, Osprey, Yellow-footed Gull, Herring Gull, Costa’s Hummingbird, Cassin’s Kingbird, Common Ravin, Lesser Goldfinch, Gila woodpecker, Brown Pelican, Brandt’s Cormorant and an American Kestrel.

Whew!  Sometimes it seems we just take things for granted.  Just take a good look around.  Something moves or maybe seems out-of-place, take a second look and be rewarded with the “Birds We See” in Baja California Sur.

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