As in all locations, birding in San Miguel de Allende varies with the seasons. We were in the area through the month of December. So, the birds we observed and photographed were in non-breeding plumage and many were of species that will migrate to the United States come spring.

A Green Heron that I encountered several times in a river bed near where we were staying. A bird one would be very likely to see here in Oregon as well

A Bewicks Wren is also a bird that one is likely to encounter in Oregon though not likely sitting on an Agave plant.

Some of these, however, were birds we have encountered but not done well with, like the Black-necked Stilt. We were thrilled to get a lot of action with them.

We found Stilt present at the El Charco del Indenio botanical gardens and at the Embarcadero area (a lakeshore to the West of San Miguel that shows on maps as La Laja). The open ground at the Embarcadero had us worried about being able to work with the birds there but it turned out to be our favorite location.

A Black Necked Stilt photographed at El Charco del Ingenio.

A couple of my favorite Black Necked Stilt images from the Embarcadero.

Also present along the shore at the Embarcadero were American Avocet, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Neotropical Cormorant and Least Sandpiper.

A few of the Amarican Avocet that were along the shore at the Embarcadero.

The shoreline at the was covered with low vegitation and attracted flycatchers like this Say’s Phoebe.

The birding at El Charco del Ingenio was very challenging. The birds tended to be small and moved in and out of the cactus and other bushes rather rapidly. Also, due to the operating hours (9-5 daily), we found ourselves trying to work in some pretty harsh light conditions. Still, it was this location that provided the greatest variety of species and many that were new to us.

This Golden Fronted Woodpecker is a striking example of a new bird to us. 

Cactus Wren were regularly observed and, though present in the states, a new bird for us as well.

Not a new bird but a wonderful flashy subject is the Vermillion Flaycatcher. 

A final location that was productive was the river bed down the street from where we were staying.  It is easy to locate as it is along side the Fabrica la Aurora.

This river was nearly dry and had lots of vegitation growing in and around it. Here we encountered Green Heron, Snowy Egret, Grey Natcatcher, warblers, sparrows and hummingbirds.

I don’t believe that the bug is a gnat but the bird is a Blue-grey Gnat Catcher. 🙂

The Broad-billed Hummingbird was the most commonly observed hummer.

In all, I found the birding at San Miguel to be a wonderful addition to our trip. It is not a location I would choose specifically for birds but, well, if I am there I will be giving it a go. I encourage you to do so as well.

Until next time, happy shooting.

Heading to San Miguel? Don’t forget to check out my two earlier posts on the People of San Miguel and the Dogs of San Miguel. My Gallery of San Miguel de Allende images may also be of interest. 

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