Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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48 Birder's Guide to Travel | January 2019 Birding Baja remains popular with dog walkers, morning joggers, and bicyclists, most of whom will stop to ask what you're seeing. The sidewalk continues north to Camino Cabo Este, a busy road unwelcoming and probably unsafe for pe- destrians. Shortly before the road, the estuary broadens slightly where treated water from a small sewage plant flows into it. On one of our morning visits, we found that sludge had backed up onto the sidewalk through a manhole; we thought it the better part of valor to walk around it. Probably not coincidentally, the mud here was the most produc- tive shorebird spot during our stay in San José, with the nice surprise of a fine Marbled Godwit towering above the Least and Western sandpipers and Long-billed Dowitchers. At certain times of day, probably correlated with releases of water from the sewage plant, Snowy Egrets and White-faced Ibises swarm the shallows here, feeding frantically just a few yards off the sidewalk. It is a short and easy walk back to Calle Boulevard Antonio Mijares, but once again it is worth spending time in the wooded areas, where, at least in winter, a difference of an hour or two can mean a startling change in the birds present as flocks move on to be replaced by others. Travel, Lodging, Food • San José del Cabo is served by a relatively new interna- tional airport; nonstop flights are available from several large U.S. airports. The major rental companies have cars available at the airport. For those not planning on leaving San José to bird the mountains, it is possible to take a taxi to town from the airport and then walk or take a taxi to the estero. There is an abundance of lodging in the Cabo area, including the huge Holiday Inn resort right next to the estero. We stayed at the Hampton Inn next to the hospital, less expensive and an easy five-minute drive; the quality of the rooms, breakfast, and other services was equivalent to other hotels in the same chain in the U.S. We did not find San José a particularly rewarding destination for food. Without a genuine culinary tradition of its own, the city has a few acceptable restaurants specializing in food from other regions of Mexico, and other options, including fast food, Italian, and seafood, are easily found in town. A large grocery store, La Comer, less than a mile east of the estero at the intersection of Highway 1 and Paseo Malecón, offers a wide selection for picnics and other impromptu meals. Continued from page 46 n Gray Thrashers are furtive rustlers in the thorny brush until they climb a high exposed perch to sing. Photos © Michael L. Retter

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