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October 20 Audubon Birdwalk at Richly Varied Rio Laja Site

By Signe Hammer, photos by Bob Graham

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s the 20th, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Bob Graham, Norman Besman and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll bird along the Rio 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, Oct 20, 7:45am-noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Bob Graham, 154-9856
Members free, non-members 150 pesos/US$15

Along the river we may see a Green Kingfisher, Green Heron and a Great or Snowy Egret. Overhead, we could spot a Common Raven, American Kestrel or Northern Harrier. In the trees, we’re likely to see (and hear) our familiar Vermilion Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, House Finch and Great Kiskadee. Finally, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for early migrants such as Lark Sparrows, Spotted Sandpipers and Wilson’s or Audubon’s Warblers.

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 7:45am, 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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