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Audubon Birdwalk along the Río Laja near Rancho Jaguar

By Signe Hammer, Photos Bob Graham

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s April 16, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Norman Besman, Mike Wheatcroft, and Bob Graham, we’ll head to a particularly beautiful spot along the Rio Laja. We may find Snowy Egrets and a Green Kingfisher fishing along the river, with a Black Phoebe or two hawking insects on the surface.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Apr 16, 7:45am–12:30pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Members free
200 pesos or US$10 nonmembers

In the trees, we’re bound to see such familiar friends as the Vermilion Flycatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Last April we found both Blue and Black-headed Grosbeaks, together with such lingering winter residents as Lark Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Barn Swallows are back, joined by their Northern Rough-winged cousins. Among raptors, last year we saw a Crested Caracara, a White-tailed Kite, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and both Common and Chihuahuan Ravens soaring over the meadow vistas.

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 revised Audubon de México bird guide, Birds of San Miguel—with 81 species 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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