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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
May 102016
Birding Report: May 10

This 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 [read more …]

May 032016
Birding Report: may 3

Hola 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. She even has a Cactus Wren nest on [read more …]

Apr 262016
Birding Report: April 26

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, and American Oystercatchers. All the Spotted Sandpipers we now [read more …]

Apr 202016
Birding Report: April 20

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, Hooded Orioles and Pyrrhuloxia, as well as those pesky flitters, [read more …]

Mar 152016
Birding Report: March 15

This 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. You will soon find large flocks of them resting at the [read more …]

Mar 152016
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 [read more …]

Mar 022016
Birding Report: March 2

Our 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, he is so long-legged it looks [read more …]

Feb 242016
Birding Report: Feb 22

Today’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 [read more …]

Feb 232016
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 [read more …]

Feb 092016
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.

Feb 022016
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 [read more …]

Jan 122016
Birding Report: January 12

This 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, on to the El Palmar ponds [read more …]

Dec 302015
Birding Report: December 29

We 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 [read more …]

Dec 232015
Birding Report: December 23

Last 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, El Palmar (settlement pond [read more …]

Dec 112015
Birding Report: December 9

This 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. The streets are public even [read more …]

Dec 022015
Birding Report: December 2

We 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 [read more …]

Nov 242015
Birding Report: November 24

The 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, not bird) that likes to come [read more …]