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Mexico: Baja California's Cape Region

Despite being surrounded by water, much of the Baja peninsula is stark but beautiful desert… …but we’ll visit a variety of habitats including the interior highlands whose washes are filled with a largely endemic riparian flora. Here there are further specialties such as San Lucan Robin, not quite recognized as a full species yet. The jury is also still out on how distinctive the Northern (Cape) Pygmy-Owl is… …but Xantus’s Hummingbird is quite unlike any other hummer. (SH) Perhaps the flagship species for this tour would be the endemic Belding’s Yellowthroat… …which we’ll look for at the mouth of the San José estuary. The mudflats of El Centenario are often teeming with shorebirds… …and if we hit the tides right,  Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, and Willet will be abundant…                               …and an irresistible lure for Peregrine Falcons.                               Being a remote peninsula, southern Baja tends to harbor rarities.  Here one of several Red-throated Pipits we found one year.                               The regional natural history is fascinating, and we’ll take time to look at lizards, such as this Zebra-tail… …butterflies, like this Western Pygmy-Blue…                               …and plants, like this bizarre Slipper Flower.                               Our boat ride to see whales also offers a rich morning of birding…                              …and hopefully some very close views of Gray Whale.