My Baja birding buddy, J.B. emailed a shot

of a bird he’d seen south of La Ribera.  He thought it might be a Grove-billed Ani.  He had seen them in Costa Rica but they sure don’t belong here in Baja Sur!  So, following his directions, I found the area where he saw the bird a few days earlier.  It was early in the morning.  The wind was already blowing so hard I could hardly stand, so I was discouraged, but I had to look around.  I found a Northern Mockingbird ducking the wind.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Just looking ahead a bit, deep in the brush I see a Bell’s Vireo.  Very hard bird for me to get close to.

Bell's Vireo

Bell’s Vireo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little American Kestrel holds on for dear life while he wonders what the heck I’m up to.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

And then I see something out of the ordinary ahead.  I think, “could it be?” and raise my binos.  Sure enough, I see a Groove-billed Ani in Baja Sur.  I’ve photographed this bird before so there’s no doubt about it.  Take a look-

Groove-billed Ani

Groove-billed Ani

Again, thanks Jim for the tip, it’s always appreciated!  Have a great day and Happy Birding from Chris&Debbie—Don’t forget to like us.

 

 

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One Response to My Baja birding buddy, J.B. emailed a shot

  1. mom says:

    What a bird——-that beak and that tail———–I can see why you couldn’t miss recognizing it and what luck you had in finding it. !!!!!!!!!! You always find something when you go hunting in that area———–Great pictures—-Love, Mom

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