Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It was bound to happen.

This last few months, winter months in particular, has brought one of the best birding years ever here on the Baja. Some of the greatest number of migrants, and diverse species I have seen in the last 5 years have shown up. Many of these species, while not unusually rare, are just never seen down this far south. Baja California is divided  into two states, Baja California Sur (south), and Norte (north). At the state line, is Guerrero Negro, the location of tens of thousands of wetland acres that is set aside as a wildlife preserve. This area is such a perfect location, that many of the migratory species, just do not pass it by.

Unfortunately, they are all heading back north. The ducks, geese, shorebirds and song birds alike, all heading back now that those snowy climes are warming up. The Mourning Doves, White-crowned Sparrows, American Avocets, and the White-fronted geese, just to name a few have bailed out.

So, like the title says, it was bound to happen. Now, all my fellow birders in the north will get their birds back. But, never fear, they will be back! Nothing like Mexico in the winter for a nice break from those cold snowy winter nights!

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