San Miguel’s own Audubon de México leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of each month; the month of January, it’s taking place on the 15th. Each walk heads to one of four different sites within an easy drive from Centro. Sunday, with leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco.
From the bridge and along the banks of the river we’ll look for birds that flourish in a riparian habitat, such as our resident Green Kingfisher, Egrets—Snowy, Great and/or Cattle—and Black Phoebe, a small flycatcher usually found near water.
Other resident flycatchers we’re likely to see include the small, striking Vermilion Flycatcher and the big, flashy Great Kiskadee, whose loud voice is unmistakable. We’ll look for a beautiful Blue Grosbeak, too, as well as our local Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Loggerhead Shrike.
Winter visitors we may see include warblers such as Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s. Last January, we saw three different species of wintering sparrow: Lark, Clay-colored and Savannah, as well as our local Chipping Sparrows in winter plumage.
Finally, plan to keep an eye on the sky, where last year at this time we saw both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and a wintering American Kestrel. We might also see a Common Raven, Turkey Vulture or 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 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.
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. Steady rain cancels.
Sun, January 15, 7:45 am-Noon
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Signe Hammer, 044-415-111-7638
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US $10