January 18 Audubon Birdwalk along the Río Laja

By Signe Hammer, photo by Wayne Colony

With leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman, 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 Atontonilco. From the bridge and along the banks of the river, we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat, such as Green Heron, wintering ducks and Great and Snowy Egrets. In the trees, we’ll look for Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Black-backed and Hooded Orioles, and Blue and Black-headed Grosbeaks. Over the surrounding fields we may spot an American Kestrel or Red-shouldered Hawk.

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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