Friday, May 16, 2014

San Carlos, Sonora, MX Day 1

Last month during spring break we ventured 320 miles south of Tucson to San Carlos, Sonora.  I had only been there once as a kid so I was looking forward to the beach and birds.  When Gaby told me we'd probably stay at a condo right next to an estuary, I couldn't contain my excitement.  I immediately went online to find any birding info I could about the place.  I found one birding blog about several birding spots around San Carlos and a few eBird checklists.  After checking the range maps in my guides I had a pretty good idea of what I might find.  I was stoked about the unknown, especially with spring migration underway.

As we neared our destination I could see four Magnificent Frigatebirds cruising over the condos near the beach.    

Fragata Magnifica
As we were walking in the parking lot I heard an unfamiliar bird call.  I thought, could it be?  I think it is, my first Great Kiskadee!

Luis Grande
It turns out they like the trees near the pool right outside our condo, well at least this one did, I never saw more than one at a time.  In fact I didn't see any away from the condos, so this might have been the only one.

White-winged Doves were the most abundant bird on the condo grounds.

Paloma de Ala Blanca
This is a shot of the condo we rented, not a bad view!  

Pilar Condominiums
After we got settled, I sat on that wall and found lots of Brown Pelicans, cormorants, Elegant, Royal, and Caspian Terns, Heermann's and Yellow-footed Gulls, Reddish Egret, and a couple distant Blue-footed Boobies.

Gaviota de Patas Amarillas -- Yellow-footed Gull 
Charran Caspia -- Caspian Tern
As the sun was setting I noticed a group of white birds leaving the mouth of the estuary half a mile away.  No way, my first White Ibis!  It wasn't the killer look I had hoped for, but it was my only ibis sighting of the trip.

18 very distant and blurry White Ibis
I had seen two lifers in only a few hours, I could get used to this!  


  1. Jeremy, sweet trip! San Carlos is very different from Rocky Point. You found several birds that surprise me....the Great Kiskadee is an EXCELLENT find! Congrats. Love Mexican birding.

  2. PS. The Great Kiskadee is much more rufousy than the other similar flycatchers(Social, Lesser and Boat-billed). Plus it's the one I would expect for that area. I'm going to have to plan a trip down there.