August 19 Audubon Birdwalk along the Rio Laja

By Signe Hammer
Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s the 19th, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Norman Besman and Mike Wheatcroft we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Aug 19, 7:45am-12pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Norman Besman, 152-3644
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US$15

From the bridge and along the banks of the river we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat: Green Kingfishers, Snowy Egrets, Blue or Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Groove-billed Anis. In the skies we could spot a Common Raven or Cooper’s Hawk, while in the trees nearby we may find our beautiful Red-bellied or Ladder-backed Woodpeckers and Black-backed or Hooded Orioles.

The walk is open to all birders, whether beginner 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 about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends.

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