Take a walk on the wild side

Sunday, September 19   Monticello de Nieto


pico gordo azul / blue grosbeak

accipiter striatus/ sharp-shinned hawk

garceta verde / green heron

join us for a great day outdoors!

Enjoy a wonderful morning exploring the abundant birdlife and summer wildflowers along the Rio Laja with Audubon bird guides Norman Besman and Luke Rich. 

Pre-Registration (required):  To keep everyone safe, we’re limiting the number of participants to 10 and asking that all participants be vaccinated.  To secure your place, please email and include your name, telephone number and the number of people in your party.  Please let us know if you will be bringing your car and can take passengers.

Meet Up:  7:45 am meet up in front of the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20

Birdwalk hours: 8:00 am – noon

Birdwalk Admission:  Audubon members free.   Non-members 200 pesos

Transporation:  Carpool

Ages: Adults and children 10 and older, accompanied by an adult.

What to bring:  Binoculars, camera, water, snack and water.  We will have binoculars to lend.

What to wear:  Sturdy shoes, hat, layered clothing, face mask.

Steady rain cancels.

Registration contact: April Gaydos, +52-415-119-4671

Birdwalk contact:  Norman Besman, +52-415-149-0394

birding at monticello de nieto

Montecillo de Nieto, is located just past the back road into Atontonilco, about 20 minutes from Centro, where the river and adjacent fields attract a rich variety of birds.

Now that summer’s almost over, we could find an early winter migrant or two, the first of our many snowbirds. In September at this site we’ve seen both Lark and Vesper Sparrows, as well as Yellow and Black and White Warblers. The latter winters in Mexico but not, alas, around San Miguel.

Among interesting local, year-around birds, we could see a Black-vented Oriole, endemic to Mexico and the only oriole without wingbars. We might also spot a Say’s Phoebe, with its peach-colored belly, a tiny Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater, and a flock of even smaller Bushtits.

We’ll look for birds that love the water, such as our resident Green Kingfisher, Snowy and Great Egrets, and Black-crowned Night Heron. In the sky, we could spot a Crested Caracara, White-tailed Kite, hawk or vulture.

The walk is open to all birders, beginning and experienced alike. 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.

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