A female Xantus' Hummingbird, with her red-and-black bill buried
in a red flower (Photo by Narca)
Small dirt roads leading out of town also go through interesting habitat, where we find (among other species) a Thick-billed Kingbird, more Gray Thrashers, Phainopeplas, Gilded Flickers, a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers building a nest, Pyrrhuloxias, Plumbeous Vireo, Scott's Oriole, and many, many Hooded Orioles.
A female Hooded Oriole probes the fruit of a cardón cactus.
Gila Woodpeckers are at home on the big cacti, as they are in Arizona.
Baja's other resident gnatcatcher, the Blue-gray, is building a nest.
This Gray Thrasher is carrying bits of food to new hatchlings.
Another Gray Thrasher's nest
Flowering mimosa trees are a magnet for orioles.
Herpetologists get pretty excited about Baja, too.
A magnificent Baja Spinytail Iguana