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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: April 29

Did you know that there are several cruise companies that do birding-themed cruises, where you can bird and cruise? I was lucky and found one of these companies operating right here in the Sea of Cortez. The company isUn-Cruise Adventures based in Seattle, and they are doing several cruises in our neighborhood.

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Birding with Dave: April 21

Last week, four intrepid birders trekked south to Obregon for a beautiful day of birding. We arrived at our spot on the Rio Yaqui and got busy! We looked up to find the Rose-throated Becards busy building their nest for the season. There was a really pretty male with a bright rose-colored throat!

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Birding with Dave: April 15

What, in the world of birding, is a “Big Day”?

A “Big Day” is trying to see as many bird species in one 24-hour period as you can. You can do this as a team, and we were a team of 3: Mary T.; Luis, a Mexican birder we had found at one of our spots;

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Birding with Dave: March 24

Wednesday’s birding boat trip is more than just a boat trip — it is a small nature school on the water! When you take this trip, you will learn about birds, dolphins, and whales.

The yacht we travel on is a 41′ Hatteras cabin cruiser complete with inside bathroom,

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Birding with Dave Verner: March 3

Pish, Preened, and Peeps!!  The strange language of Birders.

Since you are reading this article and maybe hanging out with a birder or two, you might want to know what they are talking about sometimes. Birders use some words that may not make much sense to the uninformed at times,

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Birding with Dave Verner: Feb 24

Almost everyone is a bird watcher, but what do I need to be a better “birder”?

First off, you will need a good field guide. The one I recommend is National Geographic’s “Field Guide to the Birds of North America”, which can be bought on Amazon for $19.00 USD.

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Birding with Dave Verner: Feb 18

Empalme is a small town of 50,000 folks, planned and built by an American for the railroad industry!! But the birding is excellent here also. At the North end of Bahia Empalme near the end of the fisherman’s wharf is a mud flat during low tide that holds many,

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Birding with Dave Verner: Feb 11

Bees do it, and birds definitely do it—in all kinds of crazy ways.

It’s February, and this week we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day, known as the Day of Love. Some Sonoran birds have unusual mating habits, which we’ll look at here:

Magnificent Frigatebird – We often see Magnificent Frigatebirds flying overheard in San Carlos…whether in the County Club or by the water.

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Birding with Dave Verner: Feb 4

This week we’re going to talk about Huivulai (meaning “long neck” in the Mayo language) – it’s hard to pronounce and even harder to find. It’s pronounced We-vu-lie and it is in the boonies 44 clicks below Obregon. The best way to find it is to drive towards Navojoa and turn right on Sonora Highway 148 towards Villa Juarez and ask for directions from there.

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Birding Report: Dec 31, 2014

I hope you all enjoyed a very festive Holiday Season. The final Birding Hot Spot in San Carlos, as we head east, is the Estero del Soldado Estuary.

The estuary is located near the Bahia Delfin and Pilar condominiums. It is home to over 100 different bird species.

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Birding with Dave: Dec 16, 2014

Last week, we talked about the Esterito Café as a great Birding Hot Spot in San Carlos.

Leaving the Esterito and heading east again, our next stop will be the Sewage Pond at the San Carlos Country Club.

This is a nice spot in the shade and almost always has a gentle breeze where we can enjoy watching the ducks in the winter.

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Birding with Dave: Dec 9, 2014

Last week, we talked about Paradiso Resort as a great Birding Hot Spot in San Carlos.

As we move to the east, our next spot is the Esterito Cafe in the Bahia, which happens to be our meeting place where the weekly Birding Field Trips gather at 9:00am.

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Birding with Dave: Dec 2, 2014

So what, exactly, is a Birding Hot Spot?

It’s a term to describe a location that has a good number of birds pretty much all the time. In the San Carlos area, we are lucky to have quite a few Birding Hot Spots, which I’ll cover over the next few weeks.

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Birding with Dave: Nov 18, 2014

Howdy Folks! I’d like to explain our weekly field trips to everyone this week. Most weeks, the trips are scheduled on Tuesday. I post these trips on What’s Up San Carlos’ newsletter’s Calendar of Events each week. Our weekly field trips usually go to an area or areas around San Carlos,

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Birding with Dave: Nov 11, 2014

The heat is holding in there, but the weather is moderating some at least. The biggest thing I noticed this week was that the Tropical Kingbirds (pictured on left) have moved out en masse. I couldn’t even find a straggler, and 10 days ago there were hundreds around town.

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Birding with Dave: Nov 4, 2014

What Bird is that??

I often have people calling or emailing me, saying, “I just saw a bird in my yard. It was brown with a long tail and a red head. What was it?” Sometimes I know and sometimes I don’t.

But here in San Carlos,

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Birding with Dave: Oct 28, 2014

It’s been a slow week for the birding community, so I thought I would talk about one of the most common birds around, the brown pelican. The brown pelican is a long-lived bird, with a life span of 30 – 35 years. Its primary food source is fish. That big ole’

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Birding with Dave: Oct 21, 2014

October is an exciting month in the world of birds. Although migration starts as early as late July in some parts of North America, in San Carlos and Northern Mexico, October is the month that things start to really roll.

At my place in Solimar, I have bird feeders spread across my front yard and the activity at these have really gotten busy lately!

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