Next Audubon Bird Walk at Varied Río Laja Site
Green San Miguel
By Signe Hammer
Audubon leads a bird walk on the third Sunday of every month—this month it’s October 18. With leaders Mike Wheatcroft, Norman Besman, and Bob Graham, participants will look for birds along the Río Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato. In addition to the wooded river trail, the varied habitat includes open farmland with large trees and lots of sky for raptors.
Audubon Bird Walk
Sun, Oct 18, 7:45am-12pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Non-members 150 pesos/US$15
Along the river one might see a killdeer, a green kingfisher, a green heron, a black-crowned night heron or any of our local large, long-legged waders: great egret, snowy egret, great blue heron, or white-faced ibis. Last year, because heavy rains had flooded some of the fields, we saw American coots, American white pelicans, Neotropic cormorants and wood storks.
In the trees, birders are likely to see (and hear) our local, brilliantly colored great kiskadee, vermilion flycatcher, golden-fronted or ladder-backed woodpecker, hooded oriole, or house finch, and eyes will be peeled for early migrants, such as the lark sparrow, spotted sandpiper, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow warbler, and Wilson’s warbler.
In the sky, one could spot a common raven, a turkey vulture, an American kestrel, or Mexico’s own crested caracara. Hawks at this site include osprey, northern harrier, and red-tailed, and red-shouldered and coopers. The walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced alike. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. The newly revised Bird Guide, which focuses on the birds most commonly found in the San Miguel de Allende area, will be available for sale. Guides carry telescopes so that everyone can see distant birds clearly, and there also will be a few pairs of binoculars to lend. Carpooling is essential. If you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45am, as the group leaves promptly at 8am. You’ll be back about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. Steady rain cancels. For more information, visit www.audubonmex.org.