At the end of this post I will show you a photo of a bird I shot at the La Ribera Lagoons yesterday.
I headed out towards the lagoons at 7:30 yesterday. The weather was hazy, already 85 degrees and muggy. The first bird I see there is an Osprey. He made a few passes over me and landed nearby. “Oh, it’s just you”, I know he’s thinking. I wonder if this bird is going to migrate north this year. Maybe not, there’s tons of little fish in the lagoon.
I park and just stand there looking for a moment. I’ve never seen this area looking so healthy, so vital. There’s a Least Tern on the sand. Just one and really not many seabirds perched or flying around .
I look at the surf-line and watch a solo American Oystercatcher coming in for a landing..
I see the delicate Black-necked Stilt wading in the brackish water. Black neck, legs like stilts…the name makes sense to me.
Now, I turn my attention to the nearby brush. I do a little pishing and right away I’m challenged by Mr. and Mrs. Varied Bunting. I love these birds. Here’s a photograph of the male.
And then I see the critically endangered Belding’s Yellowthroat! With only a few hectors of habitat left in the world for this bird I’m afraid it’s getting too late to save them. This lagoon, their homes, were eaten up by a new marina (that seems to be abandoned now) and now rumors have it that another one is planned for here. That means…goodbye Belding’s Yellowthroat and other endangered animals like the Cape Garter-snake.
Now I see a bird doing a mating-type dance in the air on top of a palm. Flying up 50 feet or so and flittering straight back down to land once again. What is that bird??? Was able to take a somewhat distant pic of it and “I’ll be darned!”, I’ve seen this guy before in San Blas, Mexico and Arizona. But in 20 years, I have never seen this bird here in Baja before. A Yellow-breasted Chat!!! WoW, wOw!!! Was it displaced by gigantic hurricane Blanca a few weeks ago and now looking for it’s mate?
I’ve seen a report or two of this bird being spotted in other parts of Baja, but not here in La Ribera. I even thought I caught a glimpse of the Yellow-throated Warbler again. I’m going back as soon as I can to see what else I can find before it’s too late.
My darling Debbie was “out with the girls” yesterday and that’s why she didn’t go birding with me. Now, I think she’s a little sorry she missed the Chat. ‘Till next time….
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