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January 20 Audubon Birdwalk along the Rio Laja

By Signe Hammer
Cooper’s Hawk
Common Yellowthroat

Photo Credit: Wayne Colony

With leaders Norman Besman, Luke Rich, Signe Hammer and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco. From the bridge and along the banks of the river we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat—Green and Belted Kingfishers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Blue-winged Teal, and warblers such as the Common Yellowthroat. The surrounding wooded fields attract raptors like Cooper’s Hawks and Crested Caracaras, as well as Ladder-backed Woodpeckers and Black-backed Orioles.

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

The walk is open to beginning and experienced birders. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. Carpooling is necessary, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8. For more information, go to the Audubon website at:

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