August 21 Audubon Birdwalk Along the Río Laja
By Signe Hammer, photos by Bob Graham
Audubon de México leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of each month; this month, it’s on August 21, the day after tomorrow. Each walk heads to one of four sites within an easy drive from Centro. This Sunday, with leaders Norman Besman, Mike Wheatcroft, Luke Rich, and Bob Graham, we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atotonilco.
Sun, Aug 21, 7:45am–noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
non-members 150 pesos or US$10
This time of year we’re mostly looking for our resident birds—some possibly still nesting or feeding fledglings. From the bridge and along the banks of the river, we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat, such as our resident Green Kingfisher, Egrets—Snowy and Great—Black-crowned Night Heron, Barn Swallow and Black Phoebe, a small flycatcher usually found near water.
Other resident flycatchers we’re likely to see include the small, brilliantly colored Vermilion Flycatcher and the big, flashy Great Kiskadee, whose loud voice is unmistakable as it calls its own name, kis-ka-dee! (The adaptable Kiskadee is often found around water, but you might hear it in town, too.) Last year we saw both Blue and Black-headed Grosbeaks, as well as our resident Black-backed Oriole. And we’re almost certain to see and hear a House Finch and a Golden-fronted Woodpecker.
We could find an early-arriving winter resident—a Lark Sparrow. And don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, where we could spot a Crested Caracara, White-tailed Kite, Cooper’s or Red-tailed Hawk, Raven, or Vulture (Turkey or Black).
The walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced alike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. Carpooling is necessary, so if you have a car, please bring it. We’ll have our revised Bird Guide—with 81 species of birds 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 at 7:45am, as we leave promptly at 8. Steady rain cancels. For more information, visit our website at: audubonmex.org.