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    Special June 18 Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio
    
Sun, June 18, 8am-11:30am

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Note special meeting place and time!! Due to the annual Locos Parade, Audubon de México’s June birdwalk will meet on Sunday, June 18, at 8 a.m. inside the main entrance of San Miguel’s beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. Cabdrivers will know how to get there from Centro. With leaders Norman Besman, Luke Rich and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll explore a variety of habitats.

The presa (reservoir) dries up in the spring and refills during the summer rainy season. It’s still pretty dry, so people can walk right across it. In May, we found an Eastern Meadowlark and a gorgeous Blue Grosbeak there, plus ground-nesting Killdeer.

From the dam at the western end of the presa or in the trees and bushes along its banks, last month we spotted three species of hummingbird: Black-chinned, Broad-billed and Violet-crowned; an elegant Phainopepla; our gorgeous Hooded Oriole and a bubbling Curve-billed Thrasher. We also saw most of our colorful resident flycatchers, including Black Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee and Cassin’s Kingbird.

Checking out the sky, we spotted a Crested Caracara and a Common Raven.

We’ll look for nests, too: in the past we’ve found nesting Verdins, bushtits, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and Cactus Wrens. The last build football-sized-and-shaped nests out of dried grasses—often, appropriately enough, in a cactus.

At the end of the walk, you can enjoy a refreshing drink (try a fruit-blend liquada) and snack or lunch at the excellent café, and browse in the well-stocked tienda. When you’re ready to leave, the folks at the reception desk can call for a taxi.

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 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. Plan to arrive a few minutes before 8. Steady rain cancels.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, June 18, 8am-11:30am
Meets at El Charco del Ingenio inside main entrance
Luke Rich, 152-6793
Audubon Members 40 pesos entrance free, nonmembers 200 pesos or US $10 

 






 
 
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