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    Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio
    
Sun, Nov 20, 7:45am-Noon

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By Signe Hammer

Audubon’s November birdwalk is on the 20th, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Bob Graham, Norman Besman, Luke Rich, Mike Wheatcroft and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to El Charco del Ingenio, our beautiful botanical garden, where a spectacular array of winter residents—ducks, waders and songbirds—has been arriving. On the presa, or reservoir, we’ll look for Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers still in eclipse plumage, American Pintails and Green-winged Teal. On the presa’s edge, at the Parque Landeta end, we’re almost certain to find Black-necked Stilts and our resident White-faced Ibis. If we’re lucky, we may spot a newly arrived American Avocet or Long-billed Dowitcher.

Around the presa, in the trees and carizo (tall, bushy reeds known as Mexican bamboo), we’ll look for early arriving sparrows—Lark, Clay-colored or Lincoln’s—as well as our resident Song Sparrows. We could spot an early warbler or two—a Wilson’s, perhaps, or Yellow-rumped (the Western, Audubon’s variety), or a Common Yellowthroat. And we’re sure to spot (and perhaps hear) our colorful resident flycatchers: Great Kiskadee, Cassin’s Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher and Black Phoebe.

At the end of the walk, you might want to enjoy a refreshing drink (try a fruit-blend liquada or smoothy) and snack or lunch at the excellent café, and browse in the well-stocked tienda (shop). Should you choose to linger rather than return with the driver who brought you, the folks at the reception desk can call you a cab. Just let your driver know!

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 on El Charco del Ingenio, visit its website at http://www.elcharco.org.mx/Ingles/index.html

Audubon Birdwalk
Sun, Nov 20, 7:45am-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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