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Special June 19 Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio

Green San Miguel

By Signe Hammer

Note special meeting place and time! Due to the annual Locos Parade, Audubon de México’s June birdwalk will meet on Sunday, June 19, at 8am inside the main entrance of San Miguel de Allende’s beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. Cabdrivers will know how to get there from Centro. With leaders Norman Besman, Luke Rich, Bob Graham, and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll explore a variety of habitats.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Jun 19, 8am–11:30am
Meets inside main entrance, El Charco del Ingenio
154 9856
Audubon members 40 pesos, nonmembers 150 pesos or US$15

The presa (reservoir) dried up almost completely this spring. Each summer during the rainy season, it refills; right now, thanks to rain in the mountains, it’s almost full again.

In May, we found all three species of our resident egret—great, snowy, and cattle; killdeer, which could be nesting this month; and black phoebe, a small flycatcher that likes to hunt insects on or over water.

From the dam at the western end of the presa and in the trees and bushes along its banks, we spotted an elegant phainopepla; tiny bushtits, both common and black-eared (which looks like it’s wearing a black mask); our gorgeous blue grosbea; hooded oriole; and bubbling curve-billed thrasher. We also saw our other common, colorful resident flycatchers: vermilion flycatcher, great kiskadee, and Cassin’s kingbird.

Finally, if we check out the sky and horizon from time to time, we may spot a crested caracara, raven, or vulture.

At the end of the walk, you can enjoy a refreshing drink (try a fruit-blend licuado) and snack or lunch at the excellent café and browse in the well-stocked tienda (shop). When you’re ready to leave, the folks at the reception desk can call you a cab.

The walk is open to beginning and experienced birders alike. Wear 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 all can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend. Plan to arrive a few minutes before 8am. Steady rain cancels.

For more information, go to the Audubon website at For more information on El Charco del Ingenio, visit its website at


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