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Bird Walk Will Take Advantage of Opportune Moment to Visit the El Charco Preserve

By Signe Hammer

This is an interesting time to visit the El Charco del Ingenio nature preserve. The presa (reservoir) there generally dries up in the spring and refills very quickly when the summer rains come. But while it’s dry, one can walk right across the floodplain. And so Audubon de México’s June bird walk will meet at a special place and time, on Sunday, June 16, inside the main entrance to the El Charco del Ingenio at 8am. Leaders Luke Rich, Michael Burns, and Norman Besman will explore a variety of habitats.

Last year, with water in the presa, we got to see ruddy ducks, least and pied-billed grebes, a common gallinule, and an American avocet. Furthermore, a black-crowned night heron could be seen perched high above the water to spot prey.

For the second year in a row, we spotted a rarity, a greater roadrunner, as well as one of its more common relatives, a groove-billed ani (both of which belong to the cuckoo family). Also common but still gorgeous were the three species of oriole we found: black-vented, black-backed, and hooded. We also saw an elegant phainopepla, the brilliantly colored blue grosbeak, and a bubbling curve-billed thrasher. We also caught glimpse of a crested caracara, a common raven, and a snowy egret. Swooping low over the water were both barn and northern rough-winged swallows.

At the end of the walk, you can enjoy a refreshing drink (try a fruit-blended licuado) and snack or lunch at the Charco’s excellent café (located in the Boveda during construction). When you’re ready to leave, the folks at the kiosk by the entrance can call you a cab.

This walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced. 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. 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



Audubon Birdwalk

Sun, Jun 16, 8–11:30am

Meets at El Charco del Ingenio inside main entrance

Luke Rich, 152 6793

Free El Charco members

50 pesos nonmembers


Audubon members free

Nonmembers 200 pesos or US$10

Greater Roadrunner Walking


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