National Geographic : 1911 May
A LAND OF DROUGHT AND DESERT LOOKING ACROSS THE ROOFS OF LA PAZ, WITH A NATIVE SERVANT AT THE TOP OF STAIRWAY LEADING TO THE LOWER FLOOR thrasher was abundant in the yucca for est near Santo Domingo Landing, and in early morning and evening charmed us by its exquisitely musical notes. On San Martin Island, near San Quin tin, in July, we found many cormorants breeding, with some families of young in the nests. While we wandered over the island we were accompanied by a low-flying escort of western gulls. Whenever a cormorant, alarmed by our approach, flew away, the gulls swooped down on the exposed eggs and ate them at once; or, if we were too near, each gull transfixed an egg on its beak and flew away, draining the con tents as it went. On two occasions I saw gulls alight on nests and calmly pick up young cormorants weighing 5 or 6 -ounces each and swallow them entire, the helpless victims being swallowed head foremost, their feet waving despairingly from the gull's widely spread beaks as they disappeared. THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR While at La Grulla meadow, in the San Pedro Martir Mountains, we were fortunate enough to secure our first Cali fornia condor, a huge bird, sometimes measuring nearly II feet across its out spread wings. We afterwards saw others and had a most enjoyable experience watching a dozen or more of them in superb flight as they swept back and forth over the pine forest or soared up and disappeared in the blue sky. When these birds were perching on a dead tree the turkey buzzards near them looked like pygmies. 471.