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Audubon Birdwalk along the Rio Laja

By Signe Hammer

Green Heron photo by Wayne Colony

With leaders Bob Graham, 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 Atotonilco. From the bridge and along the banks of the river we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat. Last year at this time, birds we saw included a Green Heron, American Wigeon and all three egret species—Great, Snowy and Cattle. In the trees we saw a Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Black-vented Oriole, while over the surrounding fields we spotted an American Kestrel and Northern Harrier.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Jan 19, 7:45am-noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Bob Graham, 154-9856
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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