Audubon Birdwalk

Saturday, January 21, 7:45am-Noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20
Members free, non-members $200 pesos or US $10
Preregistration required:

On Saturday, January 21, we'll bird along the Rio Laja near the bridge at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atotonilco. The varied habitat includes a tree-lined river trail and grassland, with open sky for raptors.

Resident raptors we might see include a Crested Caracara and a Turkey Vulture, while winter visitors include Sharp-shinned Hawk and American Kestrel, our smallest falcon.

Among other visiting species, in the past we've had some rare sightings, including an Indigo Bunting, a White-crowned Sparrow and a Tricolored Heron. More common winter visitors include Lark, Clay-colored and Chipping Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and both Wilson's and Yellow-rumped (western, Audubon's) Warblers.

From smaller to larger, resident birds that particularly like a watery habitat include Black Phoebe, Green Kingfisher, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret, White-faced Ibis and Great Egret. And we'll look for such resident songbirds as Blue and Black-headed Grosbeaks, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, a flock of Bushtits and a yellow-faced Verdin.


Trip leaders: Norman Besman, Signe Hammer and Luke Rich.

Wear: sturdy walking shoes, layered clothing, and a hat.

Bring: your bins if you have them, camera, sunscreen and water.

We will have spotting scopes to view the birds up close and a few pairs of binoculars to share.

We will also have our guide to the most common birds of San Miguel available for 150 pesos (free to members).


7:45 AM – Meet up at Insituto Allende, 20 Ancha de San Antonio
8:00 AM – Depart for Monticello de Nieto
12:00 PM – Arrive back at the Instituto

Cost: Non-Members 200 pesos/Members free

Transportation: Carpool; if you have a car, please bring it!


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