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September 20 Audubon Birdwalk Along the Río Laja

By Signe Hammer

San Miguel’s own Audubon de Mexico leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of each month; this month, it’s on the 20th, the day after tomorrow. Each walk heads to one of five different sites within an easy drive from Centro. This Sunday, with leaders Norman Besman and Luke Rich, we’ll head to the bridge over the Río Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Sep 20, 7:45am-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

From the bridge and along the banks of the river we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat, such as our resident Green Kingfisher, Egret (Snowy, Great and Cattle), Black-crowned Night Heron, Barn Swallow, and Black Phoebe, a small flycatcher usually found near water.

Other resident flycatchers we’re likely to see include the small, aptly named Vermilion Flycatcher and the big, flashy Great Kiskadee, whose loud voice is unmistakable. We have a good chance of seeing both Blue and Black-headed Grosbeaks, too, as well as our local Black-vented and Black-backed Orioles. And we’re almost certain to see—and perhaps hear—a Golden-fronted or Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

Fall migration is well underway, so there’s an outside chance that we’ll spot an early arrival from the northern breeding grounds, such as a Yellow-rumped or Wilson’s Warbler or a Lark Sparrow, all of which winter here and have been seen in September.

Finally, plan to keep an eye on the sky, where we could spot a Crested Caracara, White-tailed Kite, Cooper’s or Red-tailed Hawk, Raven, or Vulture (Turkey or Black).

The walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced alike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. Carpooling is necessary, so if you have a car, please bring it. We’ll have our newly revised Bird Guide—which focuses on the birds most commonly found in the San Miguel area—for sale. Our guides carry telescopes so that all can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.  Plan to arrive at 7:45am, as we leave promptly at 8am. Steady rain cancels.

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