Baja and Sonora Birding - an 11 Day Bird Watching Tour

Day 1 - Arrival to los Cabos

Day 2 - Baja provides an excellent location to migratory birds and endemic birds, the landscape combines a desert like area surrounded by a breathtaking sea, during our first birding day our main targets will be Grey thrasher, the good looking Belding`s yellowthroat, and the amazing Xantus Hummingbird, Verdins, Kingbirds, Phainopeplas, and many other interesting birds will be around to be enjoyed.

© Belding´s Yellowthroat by Maria Elena Muriel 
                                               © Pitayal by Eric Antonio Martínez

Day 3 - On this day we will reach one of the fardest places in the cape area and one visited by few people, the highlands of Baja. The only way to get there is walking or by mule so local people well organized will provide us Help to reach our destination, this area hots some of the most astonishing wildlife present in the Baja area, thus we will enjoy afternoon in a pot with a view of the oceans that surround the Peninsula.

Day 4 - We will get up early and after a cup of coffee we will go in search of our edemic birds, San lucas Robin, the enigmatic Cape Pygmy Owl, and the Baird`s Junco, we got some other chances to see the dark eyed Acorn woodpecker, the band tailed pigeon with almost no band tail, California Towhee and many other interesting species.

              © Cape Pygmy Owl by El Flako                                                                © Baird's Junco by JC Mendez

Day 5 - We will devote this day to come back to Los cabos and enjoy our time in this city, this place offers excellent birding combined with relaxing at the beach, while relaxing there we will be able to see Heermann`s Gull, yellow footed gull, Magnificent Frigatebirds, brown pelicans and Neotropic cormorants among others.

Day 6 - Mini pelagic, the Baja area is a very important area for breeding birds and most of the population of certain birds can be found here, Black and least storm Petrels will be some of our targets along with Elegant terns, Craveri`s Murrelets, plus many other interesting birds, at the end of this long day we will cross the beautiful sea of Cortez in a ferri, the journey takes 7 hours and 30 minutes at the most and we will be getting into mainland at about 6:30 Am to start a new adventure into the Sonoran desert and the northern most range of the tropical deciduous forest and its amazing birds.

Day 7 - After our arrival into main land we will drive to the Navopatia Field station in southern Sonora, this station is devoted to the study and conservation of the Pitayal, the pitayal is an endemic habitat and its only located in the southern part of Sonora , and thus the birds that we see here are of a great value, we will be located at the edge of the sea of cortez so we will have the chance to be very close to mangrove habitat as well as pitayal, in the afternoon we will take a boat and our local guide will take us to a place to admire a colony of Blue footed Booby. In our trip we will be able to admire many birds that live in the mangroves such as the beautiful and great looking mangrove warbler, some night herons and rails that live here as well, sometimes dolphins will give us company as we boat towards our site.

©Rufous Bellied Chachalaca by René Valdés                                                                                             © Navopatia Field Station

Day 8 - Early on this day we will bird in the Pitayal, our target birds here will be Black Capped Gnatcatcher, Cactus wren, Greater Roadrunner, Gila Woodpecker, Costas and Broad billed Hummingbird, Phyrruloxias, verdins, orioles, and many others are possible and in the camp beach a great number of Sandpipers, Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Marbled Godwits and many other birds, in the afternoon we will drive one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico; Alamos here we will devote several days for birding.

Days 9 and 10 - Two days will be dedicated to explore and find the Endemics, target species are Rufous bellied Chachalaca, Mexican Parrolet, violet crowned Hummingbird, Elegant Quail, Black throated Magpie Jay, Purplish Backed Jay, Western Screech owl, and many others

Day 11 - End of the Trip, we are willing to take you to the closest airport for your departure.
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