North from Alaska: The Surfbirds return to Mexico
It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing about the Surfbirds, and the long trip to their Alaska breeding grounds. Well, they are back. This last week we took a trip over to the Pacific side of the Baja to see who had arrived back from their summer up north. Given the large amounts of birds that have arrived in the La Paz area, I felt is would be a worth while trip. For the most part, I was quite disappointed. The Surfbirds saved the day. All in all I counted 42 of these stocky, little shorebirds. With their spotted breasts, and still retaining some of the gold iridescence from their breeding plumage, it wont be long before they are off, on their way farther south. Many of the Surfbirds travel as far as Tierra Del Fuego.
True to their names, they are found on the rocky shore lines of both the North and South American Pacific shores.