February 16 Audubon Birdwalk at tree-lined Rio Laja site

By Signe Hammer, photos by Norman Besman

Come and bird along a leafy trail by the Rio Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato. With leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman, Bob Graham and Signe Hammer, we’ll look for residents and winter visitors: Green and Belted Kingfishers, Blue and Black-headed Grosbeaks, Lark Sparrows, Wilsons and Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. In the sky we may spot a Cooper’s Hawk or Northern Harrier.

Sunday’s birdwalk is specially priced for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), an annual four-day event in which bird watchers find and count birds to create a real-time snapshot of global bird populations. This vital citizen science is helping researchers and conservationists protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them. So in addition to finding birds, we’ll keep track of their numbers.

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 7:45am, as we leave promptly at 8. For more information, see the Audubon website at: http://www.audubonmex.org/.


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