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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (11-13th October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

San Jose is reached by bus from La Paz. It is a lovely, peaceful town and has good birding areas nearby. It is one of the few remaining sites for the critically endangered endemic Belding's Yellowthroat. There no longer seems to be any habitat behind the Hotel Presidente. I saw a single female and heard several others on the other side of the bay. Follow the map in the site guide although it is a little bit difficult to find where to cross the river. Then find a path along the other side. The river, beach and estuary area are all good for waterbirds. 77 species including 27 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  • Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Green Heron Butorides virescens
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  • Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  • Sora Porzana carolina
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • American Coot Fulica americana
  • Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  • Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  • Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
  • Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  • Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  • Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus Near-threatened
  • Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  • Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Sanderling Calidris alba
  • Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  • Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  • Dunlin Calidris alpina
  • Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni Near-threatened
  • Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  • Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  • Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
  • Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
  • Elegant Tern Sterna elegans Near-threatened
  • Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  • Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  • White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  • Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  • Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
  • Costa's Hummingbird Calypte costae
  • Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  • Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  • Gilded Flicker Colaptes chrysoides
  • Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  • Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  • Gray Thrasher Toxostoma cinereum Endemic
  • Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  • Common Raven Corvus corax
  • European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Introduced species
  • Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  • Belding's Yellowthroat Geothlypis beldingi Endemic Critically endangered
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • California Towhee Pipilo crissalis
  • Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  • Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  • Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  • Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  • Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
  • House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse