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    Special Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio
    
Sun, June 19, 8am-11:30am

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Special June 19 Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio
By Signe Hammer

Note special meeting place and time!! Due to the annual Locos Parade, Audubon de México’s June birdwalk will meet on Sunday, June 19, 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, Bob Graham and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll explore a variety of habitats.

The presa (reservoir) dried up almost completely this Spring. Each summer during the rainy season, it refills; right now, thanks to rain in the mountains, it’s almost full again.

In May, we found all three species of our resident egret—Great, Snowy and Cattle—Killdeer, which could be nesting this month; and Black Phoebe, a small flycatcher that likes to hunt insects on or over water.

From the dam at the western end of the presa, and in the trees and bushes along its banks, we spotted an elegant Phainopepla; tiny Bushtits, both Common and Black-eared (which looks like it’s wearing a black mask); our gorgeous Blue Grosbeak and Hooded Oriole, and bubbling Curve-billed Thrasher. We also saw our other common, colorful resident flycatchers: Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee and Cassin’s Kingbird.

Finally, if we check out the sky and horizon from time to time, we may spot a Crested Caracara, raven or vulture.

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 (shop). When you’re ready to leave, the folks at the reception desk can call you a cab.

The walk is open to beginning and experienced birders alike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We’ll have our newly revised Bird Guide—which focuses on the birds most 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. Plan to arrive a few minutes before 8. Steady rain cancels.

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, May 15, 7:45am-Noon
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 $15

 




 
 
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