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July 21 Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca

By Signe Hammer

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s the 21st, the day after tomorrow. With leader 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 ground-foraging Curve-billed Thrasher.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Jul 21, 7:45 am-noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Mike Wheatcroft 152-0775
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US$15

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 our colorful Blue Grosbeaks and Black-backed 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.

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