Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio

By Signe Hammer

Ruddy Duck by Wyne Colony

Audubon’s August bird walk is the day after tomorrow. With leaders Luke Rich and Norman Besman, we’ll explore our beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, where a variety of habitats yields birding riches.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Aug 17, 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 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, Snowy Egrets and White-faced Ibis. From the dam at the western end and in the trees and bushes along the banks, we’ll look for an elegant Phainopepla, 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 Crested Caracara, 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. 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. Steady rain cancels the walk.

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

Join us Sunday, August 17, at 7:45am. We meet in front of Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20.


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