July 20 Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca

By Signe Hammer


Bewick's Wren, photo by Minette Layne

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of the month—this month, that’s the 20th, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Mike Wheatcroft, Luke Rich and Norman Besman, 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 tree-foraging Bewick’s Wren.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Jul 20, 7:45am-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. Steady rain cancels. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.audubonmex.org.


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