BirdwalksTake a walk on the wild side
Sunday, March 15 Peña Blanca
Meet Up: Meet in front of the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio #20 Map
Time: 7:45 am. We depart at 8 am.
Admission: Members free Non-members 200 pesos.
Ages: Adults and children 10 and up with parents.
Bring: Binoculars, camera, water, snack and water.
Wear: Sturdy shoes, hat, layered clothing.
Contact: Signe Hammer, 415-111-7638 / +1-917-478-5379
audubon monthly birdwalk – March 15, 2020
Peña Blanca – open farmland, tree-lined stream
Join the Audubon bird guides on Sunday, March 15, 7:45 am-noon, for a great morning outdoors
On Sunday, the Audubon birdwalk will head to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende, led by Luke Rich, Norman Besman and Signe Hammer. Open farmland and a tree-lined stream provide habitat for a rich variety of birds. Spring migration has started, with many species on the move. Last year we welcomed our returning Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows as they swooped over field and stream. We also spotted a rare American Robin on its way north.
We’re likely to find lingering winter visitors large and small, too. Wintering raptors we saw last year included an American Kestrel and Cooper’s Hawk. Among the smaller snowbirds we found were Clay-colored, Lark and Chipping Sparrows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and three warbler species, including an uncommon Black-throated Gray. Along the stream we saw a Belted Kingfisher and Spotted Sandpiper.
Also along the stream, we’re sure to see a resident Black Phoebe, and might find one of our long-legged resident waders, a Snowy or Great Egret. Depending on water level, we could find such wintering ducks as Northern Shoveler and Blue-winged or Green-winged Teal.
We’ll look for such colorful resident songbirds as Blue Grosbeak, Rufous-backed Robin and Vermilion Flycatcher. Last year, we saw both a Golden-fronted and a Ladderback Woodpecker. Year-around raptors we found last year included a Crested Caracara and Turkey Vulture. A Common Raven flew over, too.
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.
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. Steady rain cancels.
Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura