1 - 8 March 1998
by Rigdon Currie
Cabo San Lucas is not a "destination" birding spot, but how many of us partnered birders get to choose all the vacation spots? There are some good birds there and I enjoyed several hours of birding from 3/1 - 3/8, 1998. There follows a summary of the places I went and birds I saw:
Cabo San Jose Estuary and Lagoon - I kept going back here and discovered after I got back that I had not even been to what appears on the map as a promising part of the lagoon that is on the southern end and stretches eastward along the beach.
Great Blue Heron
Common Ground Dove
Lesser Nighthawk (in town)
Active Stream Crossing under Route 1 north of Cabo San Jose in the vicinity of Miraflores
Least Grebe (from 15 feet on bridge above)
Crested Caracara (near Microwave Relay Tower a few miles south)
Deep Sea Fishing out of Cabo San Lucas
Short-tailed Shearwater (probable)
Black-necked Stilt (small estuary east of town)
Arroyo up from beach west of Misiones del Cabo to road leading into Misiones
- drive into Misiones and park to right of gate; walk down gully to beach; go right to the west on the beach past a few small arroyos until you come upon an arroyo almost to a rocky outcropping into the sea; the sand in and near the outlet from this arroyo is damp; proceed quietly up this arroyo in the early morning and you will see a lot of birds, particularly near a series of small pools 200-300 yards op the arroyo.
Common Ground Dove
I never saw the Xantus Hummingbird. Rich Stallcup suggested an arroyo crossing near San Antonio up Route 1 toward La Paz, but I was not able to get there. I would welcome suggestions on other places to find them and other rarities for the next time I go to Cabo.
I apologize for the length of this but thought it better to be complete in face of a lack of information on the area.