December 20 Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco
By Signe Hammer, photos by Wayne Colony and Bob Graham
Audubon’s December birdwalk is on the 20th, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Bob Graham, Norman Besman, Mike Wheatcroft and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to El Charco del Ingenio, our beautiful botanical garden, to see wintering ducks, waders, and songbirds. With all the rain this year, the presa is full, and the winter residents have been arriving. In the water, we’ll look for Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, American Pintails, and both Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal. On or near the mud flats at the Parque Landeta end, we’re almost certain to find Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Long-billed Dowitchers, and a White-faced Ibis or two. In the trees and bushes, we may spot Lark, Clay-colored or Lincoln’s Sparrows, plus a Wilson’s Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow-rumped Warblers (the Western, Audubon’s variety) as well as our own Great Kiskadee and Vermilion Flycatcher.
Sun, Dec 20, 7:45am-noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Bob Graham, 154 9856
Members free/non-members 150 pesos or US$15
At the end of the walk you might want to enjoy a refreshing drink (try a fruit-blend liquada) and snack or lunch at the excellent café, and browse in the well-stocked tienda. Should you choose to linger rather than return with the driver who brought you, the folks at the reception desk can call you a cab. Just let your driver know!
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.
Finally, save the date for the perfect way to start off 2016: the second annual San Miguel Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, January 2, at three Audubon birdwalk sites, including El Charco. Look for detailed information in Atencion and on our website. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.audubonmex.org.