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Audubon Hosts Bird Walk Along the Rio Laja

By Signe Hammer

Join Audubon of México on our April 15 birdwalk. With leaders Luke Rich and Michael Burns, we’ll head to a beautiful spot along the Rio Laja. Last year at this site, we found both lingering winter visitors and year-round avian residents, including beautiful rarities like a painted bunting and a blue mockingbird.

Among the late-staying winter visitors we saw were a variety of sparrows and warblers, including clay-colored and lark sparrows and both yellow-rumped and Nashville warblers. We also found our resident chipping sparrows.

The more colorful or dramatic resident birds we saw included both blue and black-headed grosbeaks, a northern cardinal (relatively uncommon here), a black-backed oriole, and a phainopepla.

Along the river—shallow at this time of year—we found a snowy egret, a spotted sandpiper, and a black phoebe or two hawking insects on the surface. Barn swallows were back, joined by their northern rough-winged cousins.

And, of course, we can expect to see such familiar friends as the vermilion flycatcher, curve-billed thrasher, and golden-fronted woodpecker, while overhead we might spot a resident crested caracara.

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 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 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 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8. You’ll be back about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. Steady rain cancels.

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Audubon Bird Walk

Led by Luke Rich and Michael Burns

Sun, Apr 15, 7:45am–12:30pm

Meets in front of Instituto Allende

Ancha de San Antonio 20

Members free,

200 pesos or US$10 non-members

152 6793

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