We’d been stuck on 91 for a while, and morale was starting to fade. We had 160 bird species left to see if we hoped to positively identify every bird in Baja, and that meant we had to average about one new species a day for the rest of the trip. But we were prepared to take on that expedition. However, we had to find out more about the type of periphernalia we’d be carrying, because this hunt was different. It seemed a bit daunting, given that most of the low hanging fruit was gone. Then we pulled into anchor at San Juanico.
From the beginning, the bird life seemed remarkable. We had already been towards the city life where we saw the open market filled with the best food stalls and people equipped with the best machete; the type one uses for hunting. So when we came back the first thing we saw was breeding plumage of the Brown Pelicans. We saw flotillas of hundreds of Horned Grebes, all diving in unison as they chased their quarry of bait fish. We also found a white morph of a Horned Grebe washed up on shore, a plumage that Sibley, our ever present guide, does not mention. But what really lifted our spirits was a paddle up what we thought was a brackish lagoon, but turned out to be a small fresh water creek.
Here we sat, listening to the trickle of a small waterfall, while all around us the birds poured in. We got to see a Costa’s Hummingbird drink from the cascading water, a Cooper’s Hawk hunting songbirds in flight, and a group of four Redheads, a rare duck sighting on the Baja side. Wylie was very excited about the ducks, and we were very excited to see that he hadn’t forgotten his raison d’etre. That morning we saw 35 species of birds, over a third of the total that we’d seen since we crossed over to Baja two and a half months ago. Four of these were new to our list, and while still far from the goal, it lifted our morale and rekindled our spirit for the hunt.
The hunt, or rather the search for all these birds, is admittedly verging on the pointless. We’re not, after all, coming home with a sack of quail for the bbq. But the search for birds, if combined with an inquisitive eye towards biological and geographical relationships, is one of the best ways to explore the ecology of a landscape. Our sailing trip has also turned into a birding trip, and it is so much richer for it; we are drawn into the lagoons and the canyons and the arroyos, all for the hope of catching a glimpse, or a song or a sign of just one more bird.
Click Here for a list of the birds sighted thus far.
*Email followers will have to view the post to see additional photos*
I agree that birding provides a good lens for viewing our world. I put up a bird feeder this winter and I have loved watching the regular visitors. Even though I’ve seen them so many times, they are the common feeder birds, I love seeing a flicker of movement and knowing I’ll see a Nuthatch or a Downy Woodpecker when I look more closely. I’ve also seen two Bald Eagles flying in unison in the distance when I looked up to check out the feeder. I saw a Bald Eagle perched on trees overlooking the Missouri River when I took a walk last week. I love that they are becoming a common sighting!
That’s great. We do miss the bald eagles. They were so common in Missoula, and we haven’t seen one now for almost a year.
Ah, this cracks me up! The bird-nerd in me loves that this has become a large part of your trip – and is very envious!
We’ll have to do some bird trips together when we get back home and nerd it up
It’s great that you are getting thoughts from this
post as well as from our dialogue made at
Hiya very nice blog!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also?
I am happy to seek out a lot of helpful info right here in the submit, we want
develop extra techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing.
. . . . .
Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger,
and I was curious about your situation; many of us have
created some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange solutions with others, please shoot me an e-mail if interested.
This page definitely has all of the information I
needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.
I visited several web sites however the audio quality for audio songs current at this
website is in fact wonderful.
First of all I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.
I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to
figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thank you!
What’s up to every body, it’s my first pay a quick visit of this website;
this blog consists of awesome and actually good data for readers.
What’s up all, here every person is sharing such know-how, thus it’s good
to read this website, and I used to pay a quick visit this
Thanks for finally writing about > The Great Baja Bird Hunt | Controlled Jibe < Loved it!
Greetings! Very useful advice within this article!
It’s the little changes that make the largest changes.
Thanks a lot for sharing!
May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover somebody that truly knows what they’re discussing online.
You definitely know how to bring a problem to light
and make it important. A lot more people have to check this out and understand this side of your story.
I was surprised that you are not more popular given that you surely possess the gift.
adreamoftrains website hosting services
It’s awesome to visit this web page and reading the
views of all mates on the topic of this piece of writing, while I am also keen of getting
When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four
e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
Thanks a lot!
The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad
and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad
is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this
is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!
cheap flights 3gqLYTc
I am truly pleased to read this web site posts which contains lots of useful data, thanks for providing these data.
y2yxvvfw cheap flights
Thanks designed for sharing such a good idea, paragraph is fastidious,
thats why i have read it entirely cheap flights 34pIoq5
I used to be recommended this blog by means of my cousin. I
am no longer positive whether or not this post is written by way
of him as no one else realize such detailed approximately my problem.
You are amazing! Thank you!
Every weekend i used to visit this web page, because i
wish for enjoyment, since this this website conations really
nice funny material too.
You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation however I find
this matter to be actually one thing that I believe I’d never understand.
It kind of feels too complicated and extremely broad for
me. I’m having a look ahead on your subsequent put up, I’ll attempt to get the dangle
Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site?
I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with
hackers and I’m looking at alternatives
for another platform. I would be fantastic if you could point
me in the direction of a good platform.
I wanted to post you a very small observation just to say thank you the moment again for these precious things you have discussed here. It has been certainly unbelievably generous of people like you to offer freely just what a lot of people would’ve distributed for an e book to get some profit for themselves, and in particular since you might have done it if you desired. These solutions also acted like a fantastic way to recognize that some people have a similar dream much like my own to understand a whole lot more in regard to this condition. Certainly there are some more pleasant periods ahead for individuals that read your blog post.
Needed to compose you this very little word to be able to say thanks yet again regarding the incredible techniques you’ve shared in this article. This is quite extremely open-handed of you to make extensively just what most of us could have sold as an e-book to help make some profit on their own, notably considering the fact that you might have done it in the event you wanted. These advice in addition worked to provide a fantastic way to be sure that the rest have the same keenness like my personal own to understand a lot more when considering this matter. I know there are thousands of more fun occasions up front for individuals that view your website.