Audubon Birdwalk

Sunday, September 19, 7:45am-12pm
Meets in front of Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22
$200 / $10 USD (non members), Free (members)

September 19 Audubon Birdwalk along the Rio Laja

By Signe Hammer

Join Audubon de México for a birdwalk this Sunday, the 19th. With leaders Norman Besman and Luke Rich, we'll drive to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atotonilco. To keep everyone safe and make social distancing possible, we're limiting the number of participants to 10, with preregistration required; please email audubondemexico@gmail.com, or call April Gaydos or Luke Rich. Masks are required in the cars, and we're asking that everyone be vaccinated.

We'll bird along the tree-lined river banks, checking out the fields for sparrows and grosbeaks. Now that summer's almost over, we could find an early winter migrant or two, the first of our many snowbirds. In September at this site we've seen both Lark and Vesper Sparrows, as well as Yellow and Black and White Warblers. The latter winters in Mexico but not, alas, around San Miguel.

Among interesting local, year-around birds, we could see a Black-vented Oriole, endemic to Mexico and the only oriole without wingbars. We might also spot a Say's Phoebe, with its peach-colored belly, a tiny Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater, and a flock of even smaller Bushtits.

We'll look for birds that love the water, such as our resident Green Kingfisher, Snowy and Great Egrets, and Black-crowned Night Heron. In the sky, we could spot a Crested Caracara, White-tailed Kite, raven or vulture.

The walk is open to both beginning and experienced birders. 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'll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.

Carpooling is essential, so let us know if you plan to drive. Please 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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