Take a walk on the wild side

September 15   Monticello de Nieto


Meet Up:  Meet in front of the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio #20   Map

Time: 7:45 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: Michael Burns, 152-1141

audubon monthly birdwalk

September:  Birds and Wildflowers along the Rio Laja

Join the Audubon bird guides on Sunday, September 15, 7:45 am-noon, for a great morning outdoors

By Signe Hammer

Join Audubon de México for a birdwalk on Sunday, September 15, with leaders Norman Besman, Luke Rich and Michael Burns, We’ll be heading to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atotonilco.

We’ll bird from the bridge and then walk down to the river, birding along the banks. Now that summer’s almost over, we could find an early migrant or two, the first of our many snowbirds. Last year we saw two of our wintering sparrow species, a Lark and a Vesper. We could spot a Yellow or Black and White Warbler, too. The latter will be passing through—it winters in Mexico but not, alas, around San Miguel.

Among interesting local, year-around birds, last year we saw a Black-vented Oriole, endemic to Mexico and the only oriole without wingbars. We also found a Say’s Phoebe, with its peach-colored belly, and a tiny Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater.

We’ll look for birds that love the water, such as our resident Green Kingfisher, Snowy and Great Egrets, and Black-crowned Night Heron. We’re very likely to see Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows zipping around. And we’ll almost certainly spot a Black Phoebe, a small black flycatcher with a white belly that likes to hunt insects on the water.

Some other resident birds we’re likely to see include our beautiful Blue Grosbeak, our very vocal Golden-fronted Woodpecker, and our (often brilliantly) red-tinged House Finch, with its bubbly song. Another vocalist is our big, flashy Great Kiskadee, which shrieks its own name, kis-ka-dee!

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky, where we could spot a Crested Caracara, White-tailed Kite, Cooper’s or Red-tailed Hawk, raven or vulture.

There will be lots of wildflowers out at this time of year, too, which generally brings many butterfly species.

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, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends.

Steady rain cancels.

 Blue Grosbeak, Passerina caerulea

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