September 16 Audubon Birdwalk at Richly Varied Río Laja Site

By Signe Hammer, photo by Wayne Colony

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s the 16th, the day after tomorrow. With co-leaders Bob Graham, Norman Besman, Luke Rich, and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll bird along the Río Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato. The varied habitat includes open farmland, big trees, and lots of sky for raptors, in addition to the wooded river trail.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Sep 16, 7:45 am-Noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Luke Rich, 152-6793
Members free, non-members 100 pesos/US$10

Along the river we may see Green Kingfishers, Blue Grosbeaks, Green Herons and all three of our egrets: Great, Snowy and Cattle. Overhead, we could spot raptors such as American Kestrel, Crested Caracara, and Northern Harrier. In addition, we’re likely to see our familiar Vermilion Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, White Collared Seedeater and Cassin’s Kingbird. Finally, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for early migrants such as Lark Sparrows and, possibly, even a warbler or two.
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 about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. For more information, visit our website at:

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