Audubon Birdwalk Along the Rio Laja

Golden fronted Wookpecker

Green San Miguel

By Signe Hammer, photo by Bob Graham

With leaders Norman Besman and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll head to the bridge over the Río 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 Herons, Black Phoebes, 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-tailed Hawk.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Jun 21, 7:45 am-12pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Norman Besman, 152 3644
Members free; non-members 150 pesos or US$15

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, go to the Audubon website:


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