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Bird Watching

We are going to Cabo for one week. It is my understanding that there is a bird sancuary next to San Jose. Anyone been there, and is it hard to reach from the town?

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ESSKAR,

the estuary is nearly right in town very close to LaPlayita. This link will give you some good info. Buena Suerte.... jim

www.loscabosguide.com/beaches/sanjose.htm

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Thanks, YachtMerchant

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The Estero San Jose is definitely worth a visit. It is a stopover point for migrating birds, and is a nesting area of the endangered least tern. Expect to see pelicans, cormorants, grebes, shearwaters, storm petrels, swallows, egrets, herons, flycatchers, cardinals, orioles, ducks, and other species, plus many shore birds. At the edge of the estero is the Campomento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes, a sea turtle nursery and monitoring station run by the municipal government. The highly endangered Laud turtle, the world's largest, is nesting now.

It is very east to reach the estero from San Jose and San Lucas. Follow Paseo San Jose (the beachfront boulevard) east all the way to the end, the estero is adjacent to the Presidente Inter-Continental resort. You'll see the palm groves in the distance. There are several trails into the wetlands, or you can walk over to the La Playita side along the long berm for more birding on the east arm. You can rent a kayak in front of the hotel - check the water levels first. Take repellent with you, the mosquitos can be ferocious.

I use the National Geographic Society’s Birds of North America and Peterson’s Mexican Field Guide, but the birds that are covered in Peterson's North America and Texas guides are not in the Mexican edition, so bring at least two guides. For shore birds, you’ll need a NA bird guide. Apparently, the best field guide to Mexican birds is Howell and Webb’s, but it’s not available here so I can’t verify that. Peterson's doesn't list Spanish bird names, find them on the Museo de las Aves website at: www.museodelasaves.org/frmcatalogo2.asp…

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Thanks for the interesting info Cabo

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I just got back from Todos Santos. We stayed at this great house (www.casarayodelsol.com )that overlooks the estuary, Palm grove and the Ocean. We were there for a week and here is a list of the birds that we were able to see during our stay. We also saw some really playful gray whales.

GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica Colimbo del Pacà fico

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps Zampullà n Picogrueso

Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Zampullà n Cuellinegro

PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Pelà cano Pardo

PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Cormorán Orejudo

PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens Rabihorcado Magnà fico

CICONIIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Garza Azulada

Great Egret Ardea alba Garceta Grande

Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens Garceta Rojiza

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor Garceta Tricolor

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Garceta Azul

Snowy Egret Egretta thula Garceta NÃ vea

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Garcilla Bueyera

Green Heron Butorides virescens Garcita verdosa

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea Martinete Coronado

CICONIIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi Morito Cariblanco

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Canada Goose Branta canadensis Barnacla Canadiense

Northern Pintail Anas acuta Ánade Rabudo

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera Cerceta Colorada

Redhead Aythya americana Porrón Americano

Greater Scaup Aythya marila Porrón Bastardo Raras/Accidentales

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis Porrón Bola

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Pato Malvasia de Cara Blanca

FALCONIFORMES: Cathartidae

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Aura Gallipavo

FALCONIFORMES: Pandionidae

Osprey Pandion haliaetus Águila Pescadora

FALCONIFORMES: Accipitridae

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus Busardo Mixto

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni Busardo Chapulinero Raras/Accidentales

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Busardo Colirrojo

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway Carancho Norteño

American Kestrel Falco sparverius Cernà calo Americano

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Halcón Peregrino

GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

California Quail Callipepla californica Colà n de California

GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Gallereta Común

American Coot Fulica americana Focha Americana

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus Cigüeñuela de Cuello Negro

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Chorlitejo Semipalmeado

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Chorlitejo Culirrojo

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca Archibebe Patigualdo Grande

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Andarrà os Maculado

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla Correlimos Menudill

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Herring Gull Larus argentatus Gaviota

California Gull Larus californicus Gaviota Californiana

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica Zenaida Aliblanca

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina Columbina Común

Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti Columbina Colorada

CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus Correcaminos Grande

STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn Owl Tyto alba Lechuza Común

STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Búho Americano

Elf Owl Micrathene whitneyi Mochuelo de los Saguaros

CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis Añapero Garrapena

TROCHILIFORMES: Trochilidae

Xantus's Hummingbird Hylocharis xantusii Colibrà de Xantus Endémico

Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri Colibrà Gorginegro

Costa's Hummingbird Calypte costae Colibrà de Costa

PICIFORMES: Picidae

Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis Carpintero del Gila

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris Pico Mexicano

Gilded Flicker Colaptes chrysoides Carpintero de California

PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans Mosquero Negro

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus Mosquero Cardenal

Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens Copetón Cenizo

Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans Tirano Gritón

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis Golondrina Aserrada

Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Avión Zapador

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Golondrina Común

PASSERIFORMES: Ptilogonatidae

Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens Papamoscas Sedoso

PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus Ratona Desértica

House Wren Troglodytes aedon Ratona Común

PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos Sinsonte Común

Gray Thrasher Toxostoma cinereum Cuitlacoche Peninsular Endémico

PASSERIFORMES: Polioptilidae

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea Perlita Común

California Gnatcatcher Polioptila californica Perlita Californiana

PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps Baloncito Verdà n

PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Alcaudón Testarudo

PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica Urraca Azuleja

Common Raven Corvus corax Cuervo Común

PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Estornino Pinto Especies introducidas

PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata Chipe Deslustrado

Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia Chipe Amarillo

Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata Chipe Coronado

Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens Chipe de Garganta Negra

MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei Chipe de MacGillivray

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Chipe de Cara Negra

Belding's Yellowthroat Geothlypis beldingi Chipe Peninsular Endémico En peligro crà tico

Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla Chipe de Coronilla Negra

PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

California Towhee Pipilo crissalis Rascador de California

Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps Chingolo de Corona Rufa

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus Sabanero Arlequà n

Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata Chiero de Garganta Negra

PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Cardenal Norteño

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus Cardenal Desértico

Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus Piquigrueso de Cabeza Negra

Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea Piquigrueso Azul

PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Turpial Sargento

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus Turpial Zapotero

Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum Turpial Tunero

PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus Carpodaco Común

Lawrence's Goldfinch Carduelis lawrencei Dominiquito Gris Raras/Accidentales

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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ricardo,

awesome post! Sounds like you saw a lot of all that is Baja! Buena Suerte..... jim