This Cactus Wren was watching this Baja Birder

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

watch a bird hopping around in our Pistachio tree off the south patio.  A few weeks ago I was still in Oregon so I would have had to look twice to I.D. this little beauty.  The bird pictured below has almost no streaking on it’s chest, a slight raspberry-colored tummy and an almost conical bill.  At a quick glance I could have thought this may be a Purple Finch with those field marks.

But I know we don’t have Purple Finches in Baja Sur so instantly I figured this bird to be a House Finch.  Slightly curved mandible and actually more red than raspberry on the chest.  The males sing this entertaining variable, warbling song that often ends with  “I’m so handsome, I’m sooo handsome – r..i..g…h….t?????  I guess the ladies fall for that.

House Finch

House Finch

So, here it is about noon.  I get a hankerin’ for some action and tell Debbie (yes, my sweetheart Debbie) that I think I’ll go for a quad ride up Buenos Aries arroyo.  We haven’t been up there since our return and I wanted to see what Odile did to the place.  She looks at me from the pool like I’m nuts, it must be 90 degrees out, but she knows I’m gonna go.

First signs of life I see is a family, maybe 6 in all, of Crested Caracaras socializing on a rocky cliff.  I think they were playing king-of-the-hill.

Crested Caracaras

Crested Caracaras

There was lots of water coming down the wash, almost down to the overpass.  Saw a number of Osprey being smart by walking in the water.  They probably thought I was quite a bone-head riding around in the heat on a moto.

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

The road to one of our favorite ponds was completely gone, washed away.  Had to park and walk an extra block’s distance to see the conditions of the two watering holes.  On the way I see a San Lucan Rock Lizard in full color crossing one of the up-rooted palms.

San Lucan Rock Lizard.

San Lucan Rock Lizard.

I reach my destination to be completely, pleasantly surprised.  The ponds are overflowing rather than screaming for rain.  All is green and fresh with new growth.  Few footprints in the sand.  I feel like a pioneer or pilgram or someone other than the guy with a camera.  Absolutely beautiful!IMG_4031

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