Birding around Todos Santos never got old. There was plenty to see near our Airbnb and plenty to see if we drove just outside of town. One afternoon we walked back down to the beach before sunset and caught up with some fun birds.
Gray Thrashers were also super easy to find
It's not every day you see a kid wearing your favorite team's shirt:
In the spot where we had seen a pile of Xantus's Hummingbirds a couple days earlier we instead found a bossy male Costa's.
When we arrived at the beach we saw bunch of folks lined up for the release of sea turtle hatchlings by Tortugueros Las Playitas. They incubate thousands of the sea turtle eggs every year and when they hatch they release them at sunset on the beach. I had thought it was only Pacific leatherback sea turtles but on their website I learned they do the same for Olive Ridley and Black sea turtles that also nest on Todos Santos beaches.
There were only about 20-30 people watching the release that evening compared to the much larger group we saw a few days earlier:
As we walked back a couple of night-herons flew in to La Poza and I realized they are difficult to distinguish in the dark. I think they were Black-crowned.
Back at The Hideaway this giant spider was lurking next to the fridge:
We did a little exploring just outside of Todos Santos where Crested Caracaras adorned many of the cacti.
They also flushed from the side of the road all the time as they looked for dead stuff.
One afternoon we drove south and took the dirt road to Punta Lobos. It was fairly hot and the birds were pretty quiet but it was a cool spot with potential.
There was a cluster of half-finished buildings across the road from Hotel San Cristóbal, a fancy hotel where the cheapest room appears to be $445 per night. That's US dollars, NOT pesos.
We climbed up the hill behind that building and this was the view:
Our last morning in Mexico we decided to return to this area and see if we could find any of the desert birds we had missed so far.
Along the dirt road that leads to Punta Lobos there is a flat hiking trail that passes lots of quality habitat.
This area was really hopping with birds and it took much effort to drag ourselves away to head to our next destination. We left the desert without ever finding a Phainopepla or Harris's Hawk, two birds that seemed abundant in Baja. Even still, we added some good trip birds here and it was well worth the visit.
That's it from Todos Santos, only one more Baja post to come! Good times!!!!