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Audubon Birdwalk

By Signe Hammer

Photo: Bob Graham

Note special meeting place and time! Due to the annual Locos Parade, Audubon de México’s June birdwalk will meet on Sunday, June 18, at 8am, inside the main entrance of San Miguel’s beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. Cabdrivers know how to get there from Centro. With leaders Norman Besman, Luke Rich, and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll explore a variety of habitats.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Jun 18, 8–11:30am
Meets at El Charco del Ingenio inside main entrance
Audubon Members 40 pesos
Nonmembers 200 pesos or US$10

The presa (reservoir) dries up in the spring and refills during the summer rainy season. It’s still pretty dry, so people can walk right across it. In May, we found an Eastern Meadowlark and a gorgeous Blue Grosbeak there, plus ground-nesting Killdeer.

From the dam at the western end of the presa or in the trees and bushes along its banks, we spotted last month three species of hummingbird: Black-chinned, Broad-billed and Violet-crowned. Additionally, we came across an elegant Phainopepla, our gorgeous Hooded Oriole, and a bubbling Curve-billed Thrasher. We also saw most of our colorful resident flycatchers, including Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, and Cassin’s Kingbird.

Checking out the sky, we spotted a Crested Caracara and a Common Raven.

We will look for nests, too. In the past we’ve found nesting Verdins, bushtits, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and Cactus Wrens.

At the end of the walk, you can enjoy a refreshing drink (try a fruit-blend liquada) 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 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. 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 elcharco


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