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May 17 Audubon Birdwalk at Richly Varied Rio Laja Site

By Signe Hammer

With leaders Luke Rich and Norman Besman, we’ll walk along a tree-shaded trail by the Río Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato. Along the river, we’ll look for Green Kingfishers, Green Herons, and Egrets. In the trees, we may spot Blue- and Black-headed Grosbeaks, as well as such lingering warblers as Yellow or Audubon’s Yellow-rumped. We’re almost certain to see our resident Vermilion Flycatcher, Bronzed Cowbird, and Great Kiskadee. Over the nearby farm fields we may spot an American Kestrel or White-tailed Kite.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, May 17, 7:45am-Noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US$15
Luke Rich, 152 6793

Much of this area was flooded over the winter, attracting ducks and shorebirds as well as pelicans that normally live on the Presa Allende. The walk route has dried out, but if there are any distant fields still under water, we may spot some of these unusual visitors as well. 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 8am. For more information, see the Audubon website at


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