Birdwalk in the Botanical Garden

Vermilion Flycatcher - photo by Bob Graham
Birdwalk in the Botanical Garden
December 20, 9-11:30am
El Charco members 60 pesos, nonmembers 100 pesos
Meets inside main entrance, El Charco del Ingenio
Signe Hammer, 044-415-111-7638

Birdwalk in the Botanical Garden

Join a birding tour of San Miguel’s beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. Our summer residents and year-around birds are nesting and fledging their young. It’s an interesting time, as males are singing and calling and parents are feeding nestlings and fledglings. Summer offers the chance to learn to identify birds by ear as well as eye!

On the presa, or reservoir, we’ll look for Mexican Ducks, Least Grebes, Ruddy Ducks and American Coots. Close to the water we’ll find Black Phoebes.

From the dam, on the cacti, trees and carizo, a bamboo-like plant that flourishes on the presa’s islands, we’ll see such colorful residents as Great Kiskadees, Vermilion Flycatchers and Blue Grosbeaks, as well as the striking Phainopepla. Wheeling overhead, we’ll find Barn Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. And we never know what raptors may soar in, from American Kestrels to Turkey Vultures to Mexico’s own Crested Caracara.

You can easily get to El Charco by taxi. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. The walk involves an easy, sloping trail down to the dam and broad flat trails along the presa. You can leave the walk anytime. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious fruit-juice smoothie, snack or lunch at the café. The reception desk will be glad to call a cab to take you home.

For more information call contact at top of this article or visit El Charco’s website at
http://www.elcharco.org.mx/Ingles/index.html

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