By Signe Hammer
Join Audubon de México on Sunday, October 16, for a birdwalk along the Rio Laja with leaders Norman Besman and Mike Wheatcroft. We’ll look for Black Phoebes hawking insects at a shallow river ford, where we may also find our resident egrets—Great, Snowy and Cattle—and, if we’re lucky a Great Blue Heron. There is usually a Green Kingfisher or two further along the river, and we could find a Belted Kingfisher, newly arrived for the winter—one of our earliest snowbirds.
Fall migration is bringing in other winter visitors, too, and we’ll look for Spotted Sandpipers, Clay-colored and Lark Sparrows and Nashville, Wilson’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers (the last most likely the Western, Audubon’s subspecies, with a yellow throat as well as rump).
We could spot a resident Crested Caracara beating its way along the horizon, a swooping (or bathing!) Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned Hawk, or a White-tailed Kite soaring over the meadows.
We’ll look for our resident songbirds, too, from a Mexican Jay to a colorful Blue Grosbeak. We’re bound to see—and perhaps hear—such familiar friends as Cassin’s Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Loggerhead Shrike and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. If we’re lucky, we may spot an oriole—Bullock’s, Hooded, Black-backed or Black-vented—or a Bushtit (a tiny bird with, very likely, a black mask—the variant called Black-eared Bushtit).
The walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced alike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. Carpooling is essential, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8.
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 all can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend. You'll be back about noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. Steady rain cancels.
Sun, Oct 16, 7:45 am-12:30 PM
Meets in front of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
Norman Besman, (044) 415-149-0394
Members free, non-members 150 pesos or US $10