Great Backyard Bird Count at Villa del Faro

a male Xantus' Hummingbird, endemic to Baja California Sur

a male Xantus’ Hummingbird, endemic to Baja California Sur, photographed during the GBBC

For last year’s GBBC, I was working in Costa Rica, in the Central Valley. This time around, I was on the job in Baja California Sur, Mexico, at Villa del Faro. Over the course of the four days that comprise the Great Backyard Bird Count, I was able to go out three mornings and one afternoon in search for birds.

By the last day, I had seen most of the usual suspects, although I was unable to spot a Pyrrhuloxia, one of my favorite species here in Baja, which is quite shy. In total, however, I saw 38 species around Villa del Faro, which has a hotspot with 76 species, so I saw exactly half the birds recorded here so far (and two of them were only just reported for the first time yesterday). 

During the GBBC long weekend, we had a new sighting for Villa del Faro, of a Lazuli Bunting, a pretty species but which was too far away for a decent photo. In the days leading up to it and also afterwards, we saw several unreported species for the area, partly given that we are in the season when some birds are starting to make their way back northwards for breeding season in the United States or Canada.

Next up is the Global Big Day in mid-May!

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