Birding in Baja California Sur
Hundreds of Species, Numerous Ecosytems
Several Endemics: A Birding Paradise
Our book Birding in Baja California Sur is a photographic celebration of the fantastic array of birdlife found in Baja, and in this trip we visit the diverse ecosystems that attract and support such feathered glory. Over 430 bird species have been spotted in BCS, and it is home to six endemic species as well. In this 9-day/8 night birding trip we explore the great bird bounty of Baja, visiting the estuaries, dunes, coastlines, mountains, islands, deserts, oases, bays and mangroves that make Baja such a magnet for birds.
Trip highlights include:
- Accommodations at Los Colibris “The Hummingbirds” Casitas, where we regularly see endemic species such as the Belding’s Yellowthroad, Gray Thrasher and Xantus’s Hummingbird;
- Estuary and palm oasis walks in which we’re likely to see Gila Woodpeckers, Hooded Orioles, Scott’s Orioles, Western Tanagers, Wilson’s Warbler, Northern Mockingbirds, Black-necked Stilts, Black Phoebes, Brown Pelicans, American Coots, Great Egrets, Eared Grebes, Pacific Loons, Tricolored Herons, Northern Pintails, Clark’s Grebes, White-faced Ibis and more.
- Desert walks in which we’re likely to see Logger-head Shrikes, Ash-throated Flycatchers, a sub-specie of Western Scrub Jay, Cactus Wrens, Harris’ Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Common and Ruddy Ground Doves and many other birds.
- “Glamping” at Camp Cecil on Isla Espiritu Santo, part of a National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we’ll visit rookeries for Blue-footed Boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, and Great Blue Herons, kayak in the wondrous array of birdlife found in the local mangroves, and at sunset watch the Brown Pelicans, Yellow-footed Gulls, Caspian Terns, Franklin’s Gulls, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Least Terns, Herring Gulls, Snowy Plovers and more score their suppers.
- Swimming with sea lions at the permanent sea lion colony of Los Islotes
- Pelagic birding in the Pacific lagoons of Magdalena Bay, where we’re also likely to see – and maybe even pet – the gray whales who have come to the lagoons to mate and give birth. As for the birds we’ll be looking for Masked Boobies, Craveri’s Murrelets, shearwaters, storm petrels, cormorants, nesting Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Mangrove Warblers and some other surprises.