July 15 Audubon birdwalk at Peña Blanca

By Signe Hammer

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s the fifteenth, the day after tomorrow.

Audubon Birdwalk, Sun, Jul 15, 7:45am-noon, Meets in front of Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20, Luke Rich, 152-6793, Members free, non-members 100 pesos or US$10

With leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll head to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende. There, open farmland and a tree-lined stream provide habitat for a wide range of raptors and songbirds, from the high-flying red-tailed hawk to the tiny white-collared seedeater.

In July, our local birds are still nesting and fledging. At this site, we have seen golden-fronted woodpeckers flying into nest holes in trees, bearing food for their nestlings, as well as fledgling lesser goldfinches being fed by their parents. We could see juvenile groove-billed anis, as well as one colorful blue grosbeaks and hooded orioles.

The walk is open to all birders, whether beginning or experienced. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We will have telescopes, a few pairs of binoculars to lend, and Audubon bird guides for purchase. Carpooling is essential, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8. You’ll be back by about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.audubonmex.org.

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