Saturday, September 6, 2008

Birding El Charco (San Miguel de Allende)

My husband's need to renew his passport gave me the opportunity to bird San Miguel de Allende's botanical garden. El Charco del Ingenio (more popularly known as El Charco) is a short distance from SMA's Jardin in the center of town, and our hosts, Wayne and Susan Colony, treated me to a wonderful 100+ hectare natural treasure. Plus, I added birds to my Mexico list.

Watch for White-throated swifts in this canyon

On the eastern edge of El Charco is Parque Landeta, a different habitat

Birds for the day were (36 species):
American coot
Mexican mallard
Ruddy duck
Wilson's phalaropes (at least 16)
Great egret
Snowy egret
Cattle egret
Spotted sandpiper
White-throated swift
Barn swallow
Canyon towhee
Chihuahua raven
Great-tailed grackle
Loggerhead shrike
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
Broad-billed hummingbird
Vermillion flycatcher
Black phoebe
Cassin's kingbird
Great kiskadee
Inca dove
Mourning dove
White-winged dove
Cassin's kingbird
Golden-fronted woodpecker
Curve-billed thrasher
Canyon wren (h)
Cactus wren
Bewick's wren
Blue grosbeak
Chipping sparrow
Black-backed oriole - female

If you plan to visit El Charco del Ingenio, you'll want to pick up the hot-off-the-press book by Walter L. Meagher and Wayne Colony entitled "Wild & Wonderful, Nature Up Close in the Botanical Garden 'El Charco del Ingenio', San Miguel de Allende". For more information and where to purchase this fabulous book, go to:

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Great photos of el Charco a real jewel near San Miguel that the local community has gotten behind. 2nd your motion on Walter and Wayne's book; its both useful and fun, not always easy to pull off IMHO. Saludos, Mike Judd