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March 20 Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca

Green San Miguel

By Signe Hammer, photos by Bob Graham

The March Audubon birdwalk heads to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende, with leaders Norman Besman, Bob Graham, Luke Rich, Mike Wheatcroft, and Signe Hammer. A tree-lined stream and open farmland provide habitat for a rich variety of birds. With the season changing, we’ll look for lingering winter migrants like Lark Sparrows, Wilson’s Warblers, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, as well as such spring returnees as Lesser Goldfinches and Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Mar 20, 7:45am-noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Signe Hammer, 044 415 111 7638
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US$15

In the stream, we could see Blue-winged or Green-winged Teal, while along it we might find an American Pipit; we’re sure to see a Black Phoebe or two. In the trees, we’re very likely to find such locals as Cassin’s Kingbird, Great Kiskadee, Black-backed Oriole, and Loggerhead Shrike. Birds of prey, perched or in flight, could include American Kestrel, Common Raven, Turkey Vulture, and any of several varieties of hawk, including Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned, Red-tailed, and Red-shouldered. As a bonus, we could spot an Indigo Bunting.

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—which focuses on the birds most commonly found in the San Miguel area—for sale. 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. For more information, visit our website at


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