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Bird Reports San Carlos Sonora MexicoBird reports from San Carlos and Guaymas, Sonora Mexico: discover local birding habitats and the birds that live there.

If you head into the estuaries, desert, mountains and along the ocean-shore, these are some of the many birds you can find:

  • Roseate Spoonbills
  • Varied Bunting, Lazuli Bunting
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
  • Heron: Green, Blue, Little Blue, Tri-colored and Yellow and Black-crowned Night Herons
  • Least Grebe
  • Orioles (Hooded Orioles)
  • Hummingbirds
  • Cactus Wrens
  • Cardinals
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Craveri’s Murrelet
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Elegant Tern
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Kestrel
  • Reddish Egret
  • Pelican: Pacific Brown
  • Warblers: Wilson´s Warbler, Mangrove Warbler
  • Crested Cara Cara

Birding Report: May 31

The beautiful Varied Bunting has arrived in San Carlos and is my last Bird of the Week.



Birding Report: May 24

Bird of the Week: Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks



Birding Report: may 17

The Green Heron is the Bird of the Week. We usually see the Green Heron from the Esterito Cafe or occasionally at Estero Soldado or the Miramar Estuary.



Birding Report: May 10

Grebe BabyThis past week we had 11 for our excursion. We visited two places including one we had not visited as a group before. First, we went to El Palmar to check on the Least Grebe nests that I had spotted earlier in the week. Unfortunately, the Grebes appeared to have deserted the nest and no eggs were seen.

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Birding Report: may 3

Bronzed CowbirdHola Birding Enthusiasts,

We had seven this week or our outing, a lovely number for birding expeditions. We had been invited to Summer Ballock´s house in DeAnza. Her house abuts a cliff and high up on her patio were excellent views of Orioles, Hummingbirds and Cactus Wrens.

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Birding Report: April 26

Little Blue Heron Juvenile ES 04-21-16 N4947 - Edited Little Blue Heron on Lily pads N1908 - Edited

We had seven for our birding outing to Estero Soldado this last Thursday. A very respectable number considering how many of you have left for the season. We had nice viewings of Roseate Spoonbills, most of the Egrets and Herons, one American Avocet in breeding plumage,

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Birding Report: April 20

Pyrrhuloxia Male close 04-14-16 N4648 - Edited Northern Cardinal Femail Summer´s 04-15-16 N4749 - Edited  (1)

This past week, we had 12 birders on our Thursday outing which was a pleasant surprise since so many of you have left already. We went to the settlement ponds behind Marina Seca and the Country Club pond. We are seeing a number of Cardinals,

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Birding Report: April 12

Bird of the Week: Craveri’s Murrelet



Birding Report: April 4

Lazuli Bunting is the Bird of the Week



Birding Report: March 29

Bird of the Week is the Long-billed Curlew



Birding Report: March 15

elegantternThis week when I write about the Elegant Tern, our Bird of the Week. I am also writing to beseech you to not bring your dogs to the lovely and federally protected Estero Soldado.

The Elegant Tern is now beginning to migrate through our area.

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Birding Report: March 9

Hola Birding Enthusiasts. Our Birding Group outing last week was a bit different. We were invited to homes in Bahía Encanto and Costa Bella to view the birdlife. Special thanks to Cathy Henkel and to Gary and Debbie Wild for graciously hosting our group of 22 birders. Cathy’s place in Bahía Encanto was high and against the mountain.

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Birding Report: March 2

Black necked stiltOur birding outing this past week was to the Estero Soldado, east and west side, and the Empalme Estuary. There was an abundance of shorebirds including the Bird of the Week: the Black-necked Stilt.

This is a very aptly named bird because, as you can see from the photo,

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Birding Report: Feb 22

Birding report American KestrelToday’s Bird of the Week is the American Kestrel. The lovely photo of a Kestrel flying was taken by Fred Gaunt on our Birding Group outing this past Thursday. The Kestrel is not a rare bird; in fact, it is the most common falcon in North America. You might wonder why I would choose it as the Bird of the Week.

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Birding Report: Feb 17

The Birding Group had 21 birders this past week and we visited two spots at Estero Soldado, went on to stop at the Miramar estuary, and then lunched at Mazateños restaurant in Guaymas.

Roseate Spoonbills are definitely popping up at the estuaries. I saw five at our northwest spot on Wednesday even though there was only one when the group went on Thursday.

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Birding Report: Feb 9

Bird of the Week is the Reddish Egret. We are lucky to have a very large number of Herons and Egrets in our San Carlos area. Great Blue Heron, Little Blue, Green, Tri-colored and Yellow and Black-crowned Night Herons are all here.



Birding Report: February 2

Hola Birding Enthusiasts,

David Jasper led the Birding Group this week and had a group of 18. They birded the pond at the golf course, the northwest side of Estero Soldado, and the Miramar estuary on the Delfinario road into Guaymas. There were 8 Roseate Spoonbills at the estuary and lots of Heron and Egret species.

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Birding Report: January 26

Bird of the Week is the Pacific Brown Pelican



Birding Report: January 19

Bird of the week: the Mangrove Warbler. Place of the Week is the Estero Soldado Pilar Side.



Birding Report: January 12

birdiing Cactus WrenThis past week I missed the Birding Outing because 4 of us went to Alamos to bird and bike.

David Jasper, a naturalist and excellent birder, was gracious enough to lead the group in San Carlos on Thursday. They started at the Esterito Cafe, went up the Esterito Road,

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Birding Report: January 6

Bird of the Week: The Wilson´s Warbler and Place of the Week is Piedras Pintas Beach.



Birding Report: December 29

Cedar WaxwingWe had 20 people out for our birding outing Christmas Eve Day – the largest number of birders this season! We drove to the northeast side of Estero Soldado where, besides the usual shore birds, we were treated to a visit by the Crested Cara Cara. Then we moved on to a finger of the Empalme estuary off the bypass road where we saw the Western Meadowlark as well as excellent views of the Black-crowned Night Heron and Vermilion Flycatcher Male.

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Birding Report: December 23

Rufous-backed Robin N0474Last week I wrote about the San Carlos Birding Group’s participation in the 116th Annual Christmas Bird Count. We finished our count and I have sent our results to the Circle Compiler, Terry Brownell. We had a total of 57 species and 473 birds for our three settlement ponds: Country Club,

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Birding Report: December 15

Bird of the Week: the Yellow-rumped Warbler



Birding Report: December 9

bird report Groove Billed AnisThis week the San Carlos Birding Group visited three settlement ponds. The first was the Country Club pond and this is my Place of the Week.

To get there, go through the gated entrance to the Country Club – just tell them you are going to look at the birds.

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Birding Report: December 2

bird repoert Great Kiskadee2We had a hardy group of 9 for birding on Thanksgiving Day. We tried a new place just off the bypass road to Empalme. As you come from San Carlos, you turn left just past the second large electrical tower and go about ¼ mile. This is actually the far northwest part of the Empalme Estuary.

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Birding Report: November 24

Birding Report MerlinThe San Carlos Birding Group had a spectacular day last Thursday with the group identifying 40 species in only two locations. We had some very good spotters with us and while not everyone saw everything, everybody saw something special to them. About half the group saw the Coyote (mammal,

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Birding Report: November 18

Birding Place of the Week is the Esterito Cafe. Bird of the Week is the Common Black-Hawk.



Birding Report: November 11

Bird of the Week: American Oystercatcher and Place of the Week: San Francisco Beach



Birding Report: Nov. 5

Discover birding in San Carlos Mexico. This Week’s Bird of the Week: Osprey. This Week’s Place: Champs Pond.



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