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    Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca
    
Sun, December 18, 7:45 am-Noon

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By Signe Hammer

Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of the month—this month, that’s the 18th. With leaders Mike Wheatcroft, Norman Besman and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende. Open farmland and a tree-lined stream provide habitat for a wide range of raptors and songbirds, from the soaring White-tailed Kite, one of our resident raptor species, to the tiny Yellow-rumped Warbler, one of our many species of snowbird.

On past walks, we’ve seen a variety of other raptors at this site, including Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, American Kestrels, Peregrine Falcons, Turkey and Black Vultures, and Crested Caracaras.

Other small snowbirds we might see include Lark and Clay-colored Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and, on the ground by the stream, an American Pipit.

Among resident birds, we’re almost sure to find a Black Phoebe searching for insects along the stream, and a colorful Blue Grosbeak foraging for seeds in the dry tall grass. We’re very likely to hear, before we see, a striking Golden-fronted Woodpecker drilling a tree trunk or fussing as it hustles up a branch.

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, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends. Steady rain cancels.

For more information contact Signe Hammer, (044) 415-111-7638

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, December 18, 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

 




 
 
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