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Audubon Birdwalk Along Río Laja Near Rancho Jaguar

Sharp-shinned Hawk Bathing

By Signe Hammer, photo by Bob Graham

Join Audubon on Sunday for a birdwalk along the Río Laja with leaders Bob Graham, Norman Besman, Luke Rich, Mike Wheatcroft, and me. We’ll look for Black Phoebes hawking insects at a shallow river ford, and we could spot a Crested Caracara or Osprey beating its way across the horizon, or a Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring over the meadows.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Nov 15, 7:45am-12:30pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Bob Graham
154 9856
Members free, Non-members 150 pesos or US$15

There is usually a Green Kingfisher or two along the river, and we’ll look for a range of songbirds in the trees, from a Western Scrub-Jay to a colorful Blue or Black-headed Grosbeak. We’re bound to see such familiar friends as the Vermilion Flycatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Golden-fronted Woodpecker.

Fall migration is bringing in winter’s visitors, and we’ll look for such new arrivals as a Clay-colored or Lark Sparrow and a Yellow-rumped Warbler (most likely the Western, Audubon’s subspecies, with a yellow throat as well as rump).

The walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced alike. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We’ll have our newly revised Bird Guide for sale, which focuses on the birds most commonly found in the San Miguel area. Our guides carry telescopes so that everyone can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.

Carpooling is essential, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45am, as we leave promptly at 8am. You’ll be back about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. Steady rain cancels.

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