Rare birds we have seen in Baja.

Over the years, Debbie and I have had the pleasure of photographing a number of birds that are considered rare to see in Baja Sur.  Following are shots of a few of these-

Cackling Goose-Aleutian

Cackling Goose-Aleutian

This bird was with a flock of 6 that flew over me while I walked along the lagoons in La Ribera.  Way out of their normal range, they landed and quickly drank water and rested.  I didn’t want to hassle  them so I took a few photos and left them alone.  Ebird flagged these geese as very rare and seemed very pleased to get my report.

We belong to the American Birding Society.  A few years ago I was unsure of a hummingbird that hung around our feeders for a few days.  It was molting and pretty worn so it was hard for me to I.D.  After submitting the photo to Cornel University, someone there identified the hummer as a Ruby-throated.  They said it was the FIRST documented R.T. Hummingbird for Baja Sur.  Here’s one of the shots I took-

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Last year, again walking the shores near the La Ribera Lagoons I spotted a bird I new didn’t belong there.  This is a Pacific Loon.  Maybe common up north, like Santa Cruz, California but ebird says rare for here.

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon

I was out in the brush trying to call a Cape Pygmy Owl in hopes of getting a photograph to post when I hear a musical call I didn’t recognize.  I look up into a palm to see a bird that I had seen before back east but never photographed.  After submitting the shot to eBird, they replied that this was also a rare bird for Baja Sur., with no photographs of one taken here before. (that they knew of).  This is a Yellow-throated Warbler-

Yellow-throated Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

The San Lucan Robin is seen in the higher elevations of Baja Sur.  This photo was taken near the beach and made this a rare bird sighting for the area.  At the time I thought it may have come down out of the mountains because of the drought we were experiencing.

San Lucan Robin

San Lucan Robin

Black Brant are another bird that is rarely seen in Baja Sur.  Last year I was able to get this distant photograph of one flying off the lagoons.  Beautiful bird.

Black Brant

Black Brant

There are a few more rare birds we’ve photographed here in Baja Sur but I’m going to end today’s post with this unusual bird I shot north of La Ribera.  Check it out!  A Groove-billed Ani.  I’m deeply sorry but I forget the name of the man that saw this bird and emailed me so I could go for a look.  You know who you are, THANK YOU.

Groove-billed Ani

Groove-billed Ani

That’s all for today, Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie and don’t forget to like us.

 

 

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2 Responses to Rare birds we have seen in Baja.

  1. Oly says:

    Hi Manuel, Baja Sur is full of amazing birds. We are always interested in your comments.
    ChrisnDebbie

  2. Manuel says:

    Thank you so much Oly for this beautiful pictures, you must have a great camera !!! I recognize many of these birds and I am happy that we can see them down here..
    saludos and have a great day !!

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