More Baja birders birding photos from Arizona and California

 

While visiting the Owens Valley restoration project we were pleased to see all the progress being made to re-establish the habitat.  Habitat lost when L.A. negotiated the water rights for the lake and eventually drained most of it.

 

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California Gull, 2nd summer

We saw birds like this Gull, Black-necked Stilts; even American Avocets searching for food in the shallows of the partially reclaimed wetlands.

 

Black-necked Stilt.c.1                   American Avocet

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Even American White Pelicans were soaring overhead!

American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans

Back in Arizona, I have to say Debbie and I were overwhelmed  with all the new birds we found.  Our guide, world famous Laurens Halsey, knew what birds we were looking for and how to find them.  We traveled all over S.E. Az. in the comfort of his Suv. We drove through Fort Huachuca to find the Elegant Trogan

Elegant Trogan

Elegant Trogan

 

and  my dear Debbie about feel over backwards with excitement when she actually got the chance to photograph a pair mating, WOW……..

Elegant Trogans mating

Elegant Trogans mating

Laurens found (among other birds) a Mexican Spotted Owl for us.  Yes, he’s one of the best and he knows birds by voice.  We highly recommend him and his guiding service.

Mexican Spotted Owl

Mexican Spotted Owl

Debbie and I took the jeep up a mountain that was very secluded and very close to the Mexican border.  Far, far from anywhere we passed signs that read something like “proceed at your own risk.  Drug smuggling and other illegal activities take place in this area”.  We could see bare footprints (illegal aliens) often on the paths.  We were having a great time seeing birds like Mexican Jays

Mexican Jay

Mexican Jay

and Painted Redstarts

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

when all of a sudden our starter goes out.  The jeep is an automatic so there’s no push starting.  No cell service.  Whatdowedo?  “Well honey” I says, lets see how far we can coast down this mountain.  There’s NOBODY in site.  So we coast and coast.  Every time the jeep starts to come to a stop going over a hill we just barely make it over. 20 miles or so I think. Its cooling down and starting to get dark, no engine, no heat but we’re still roll’in.  We finally reach civilization, a research center of some sort.  Whew!!!!!!  long story short, we contacted a tow company, it’s Sunday, hardly anything open, he’s miles away, like maybe a hundred.  4 or 5 hours later, cold and dark, animals lurking in the shadows ( saw a fox anyway) and strange cars driving by and slowing down, spooky!  One of the people that offerred to help finds the tow-truck driver off on some side road.  He had gotten lost but now he’s here and we are on our way back to the Winnebago.  Yippy!!!

We saw other cool birds, like this Red-faced Warbler.

Red-faced Waebler

Red-faced Waebler

And this Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

And even a Blue-throated Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Yes, some of the things that we do and some of the places we go to may be a little dangerous.  Debbie and I decided a long time ago that we’re not going through life together like we’re walking on eggshells.  To see and do what we do we just have to go.  Go to this site Greater Pewee and listen to this bird.  It’ll knock your socks off.  This bird sings from the very tops of the trees!  Still gives me goose bumps!

Greater Pewee

Greater Pewee

 

 

 

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One Response to More Baja birders birding photos from Arizona and California

  1. mom says:

    Chris and Debbie———those were such wonderful pictures——–and I listened to the song of the greater Peewee. You were very brave and very great photograffers !!, Mom

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