Bird Walks

FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAYS
of the Month: 9:00 a.m.
at El Charco

Led by Signe Hammer, these walks begin at 9:00 a.m. and last about 2 1/2 hours.  Please bring binoculars, wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and bring water. Signe will meet you after you pass through the Reception area of the Botanical Garden. Cost: 60 pesos for members of either El Charco or Audubon, 100 pesos for non-members of either organization (includes El Charco entrance fee).

THIRD SUNDAY of the Month: 7:45 am - meet at Instituto Allende

Meet in front of the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio #20, at 7:45 a.m. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and binoculars (if you have them). Cost: $10 US (or 100 pesos) for non-members; members free.

Bird Walks for Birders of all Levels

The Best Way to See the Birds of San Miguel de Allende

It's always exciting to see a brightly colored Vermillion Flycatcher, to hear the melodious whistle or song of the Curve-billed Thrasher or admire the delicate beauty of the local egrets and white pelicans performing their ballet on the presa. San Miguel abounds with a colorful variety of birds wherever you go. Even our gardens are filled with the jewel-like colors of the local and migrating birds. But can you identify them all? Why not join the experts and learn more about the song and dance of the birdlife around you.

We invite members of Audubon México, residents and visitors to San Miguel to come on these walks. These Nature Walks give the traveler a wonderful opportunity to visit the surrounding countryside and, at the same time, help preserve the habitat of the area.

MONTHLY AUDUBON BIRD WALKS

Audubon conducts a birdwalk on the
Third Sunday of Every Month: 7:45 am

Bird walk with Bob GrahamOn the third Sunday of every month, Sociedad Audubon de México A.C. conducts a bird walk for both its members and the public to enjoy.

We visit nearby waterways along the Río Laja, the Allende Dam and the Botanical Gardens. When weather and water levels permit, we also visit Audubon's proposed Bird Refuge, just above the Dam.

On recent bird walks, we have seen a variety of both water and land birds including: Caracaras, Cowbirds, Common Grackles, Meadowlarks, Larksparrows, Kestrels, Loggerhead Shrikes, Vermillion Flycatchers, Killdeer, Brown Towhees, Cassin's Kingbirds, Egrets, White-Faced Ibises, Canvasback Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Ring-Billed Gulls, White-Tailed Kites, Black-Backed Orioles, Cactus Wren, Chipping Sparrows, Curve-Billed Thrashers, various types of woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, Inca Doves, Kiskadees, Lesser Gold Finches, Mourning Doves, Red-Tailed Hawks, White Winged Doves and one Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

Participants in the winter bird walks at the city's botanical gardens, El Charco del Ingenio, have witnessed another fascinating phenomenon: the emergence of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of white-throated swifts from narrow cracks in the wall of the canyon. This usually takes place sometime after ten in the morning when, apparently, the rock face gets warm enough to trigger their exodus. One can hear the birds cheeping within their caves, and then wave after wave of them flies out, until no more cheeping is audible. The reverse, the swifts returning to their rock face, takes place a little before sunset.

So, to catch a glimpse (and more) of some spectacular birds and join this month's Audubon walk, meet the Audubon triumvurate at the entrance to the Instituto Allende on the Ancha San Antonio at 7:45 am on Sunday morning. If there's sun (which has been happening more often of late)  it will rise higher and higher during the walk and you'll be a happier person if you've brought a hat and water. Cars will be available, but if you come by one that can be shared, it will be very much welcomed, and it's an easy drive to the starting point.

If you have binoculars to bring, they too would be helpful, but not necessary. There'll be at least one scope along for the walk. And our leaders will have the Audubon bird guides with them for purchase. (Also, the new Audubon butterfly guides, spectacular in themselves.) The walk is free for Audubon members and 100 pesos for others. And that's all there is to it. You'll be back by about noon, with new entries for your life list and new friends in the world of birding. People with questions may call Linda Whynman at 152-2139.

BIRDS SEEN on Audubon Bird Walk
Sunday, May 16, 2010
BRIDGE OVER RIO LAJA, ATOTONILCO

Bronzed cowbird
Inca Dove
White-winged Dove
Cattle Egret
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
House Finch
Vermilion Flycatcher
Great Tailed Grackle
Blue Grosbeak
Cassin’s Kingbird
Great Kiskadee
Mexican Mallard
Bullock’s Oriole
Black Phoebe
Rufus-backed Robin (heard not seen clearly)
White-collared Seedeater
Barn Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Canyon Towhee
Curved-billed Thrasher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker

FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAYS
of the Month: 9:00 a.m.
at El Charco

Signe Hammer leads bird walks in El Charco on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Signe began birding in NYC's Central Park in 1996, when she began following the famous Red-tailed Hawk Pale Male and his offspring. That led to a fascination with the resident songbirds and the many migrants that pass through the city's parks, including Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 

Signe HammerThe walks are for birders of all levels. They begin at 9:00 a.m. and will last about 2 1/2 hours. No reservations needed, and feel free to leave the walk at any time.  Please bring binoculars, wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and bring water. There will be instruction on the proper use of binoculars and other tips on good birding techniques. Signe will meet you after you pass through the Reception area of the Botanical Garden. Cost: 60 pesos for members of either El Charco or Audubon, 100 pesos for non-members of either organization (includes El Charco entrance fee).

Christmas Bird Count

We also participate in the National Audubon's annual Christmas bird count. In 2001 the Sociedad Audubon de México counted a total of 5,148 individual birds, identifying 80 different species, in a 15-mile zone around San Miguel de Allende.

BIRDS SEEN on Audubon Bird Walk
Sunday, Aug 15, 2010
BRIDGE OVER RIO LAJA, ATOTONILCO
Bird Walk Leader: Norman Besman

Ani, Grooved-billed
Cardinal, Northern
Cowbird, Bronzed
Dove, Inca
Dove, Mourning
Dove, White-winged
Duck, Mexican (flyover)
Egret, Great
Egret, Snowy
Flycatcher, Vermilion
Goldfinch, Lesser
Grackle, Great-tailed
Grosbeak, Blue
Kingbird, Cassin’s
Kingfisher, Green
Kiskadee, Great (heard)
Kite, White-tailed
Oriole, Black-backed
Oriole, Black-vented
Phainopepla
Phoebe, Black
Raven, Common
Seedeater, White-collared
Swallow, Barn
Tanager, Summer 
Towhee, Canyon
Vulture, Turkey (flyover)
Woodpecker, Golden-fronted
Wren, Bewick’s

29  species