August 18 Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio

By Signe Hammer

White-faced Ibis
Photo Credit: Norman Besman

Audubon’s August birdwalk is on the 18th, the day after tomorrow. With leader Luke Rich we’ll explore our beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, where a variety of habitats yield birding riches.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Aug 18, 7:45am-12pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Luke Rich, 152-6793
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US$15

The presa (reservoir) is full again from the rains, attracting Ruddy Ducks, which may still be in their gorgeous breeding plumage. We’ll also look for such waders as Black-crowned Night Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets and White-faced Ibis. From the dam at the western end and along the banks we’ll look for an elegant Phainopepla and a tiny Bushtit, a gorgeous Blue Grosbeak and a bubbling Curve-billed Thrasher. Near the water we may find Black and Say’s Phoebes; overhead, we may spot a White-tailed Kite, Cooper’s Hawk, raven or vulture.

At the end of the walk, you can enjoy a refreshing drink and snack or lunch at the café, and browse in the well-stocked tienda (shop). Should you choose to linger rather than return with the driver who brought you, the folks at the reception desk can call you a cab.

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 8:00am.

For more information, go to the Audubon website at: For more information on El Charco, visit its website at

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