A few other images from our visit to BCS:
One of a loose flock of ten (!) Scott’s orioles working the reeds at Todos Santos.
And another bizarre icterid:
a hypomelanistic yellow-headed blackbird on the beach at the Estero San José; I couldn’t remember ever having seen an “abnormal” plumage in this species.
Everybody wants to see the Big Three species-level endemics in Baja, but the small, rather darkish Gila woodpeckers were just as striking to my eye.
Non-avian vertebrates were surprisingly scarce. I got to see a single jackrabbit, and the highlight of our whale “watch” were the close views of California sea-lions.
Common birds all, but great to see them at the Estero San José:
I’m very glad iguanas are vegetarian.
This was my first opportunity to see California scrub jays after the resplit this past summer.
With an astronomical telescope and some luck, I could have been watching Baird’s juncos and royal terns all at once.
This photo — below even my usual low standard — at least shows the brown nape patch said to be shown by almost all Baird’s juncos.
Tourists come to Baja for the sun. So do white-faced ibis, apparently.