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Pelicans! In Guanajuato?

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Dozens of migratory birds are the main attraction of the Yuriria Lagoon, south of Guanajuato, when a large number of “snowbirds” begin to arrive in the Winter time, and among them we can see pelicans.
From November to March the pelicans originally from Canada, make the lagoon their second home, but there are also gulls, swallows and coromorans, which offer visitors a spectacle worthy of admiration.

The fishermen of the La Angostura community, located to the north of this municipality, care for and feed the pelicans with fish that they extract from the lagoon.

They are aware that with the arrival of birds to the banks of the lagoon, the number of visitors also increases and that means economic spill for the local population.

“The pelicans are no longer afraid of us when we approach on the boats, it is very nice to see them when they arrive because the people who come to La Angostura to visit, eat fried fish and enjoy the scenery, keep coming back every weekend to spend the day here, watch the birds, take pictures, and more and more people visit the lagoon now,” said fisherman José Rivera.


“The birds line up on the small pier at the end of the lagoon, and await the arrival of the fishermen during the early morning hours of the day. And when they see the boats approaching, they pile up waiting for a piece of fish to be thrown at them”, Rivera continued.

“Then they fly from one end of the lagoon to the other, landing on some of the lagoon’s small islands such as El Patol, San Pedro, Peñón de Vargas, Puranque, Tíndaro, Las Cabras and El Fuerte”, he concluded.

The migration of birds to Guanajuato occurs in the winter season, because the extremely cold temperatures in Canada make them fly thousands of miles south, seeking for warm waters such as the waters of the Yuriria Lagoon.

Among other species that also arrive to this spot, there is the white and brown herons, swallows, wild ducks and geese.

Source: https://www.am.com.mx/

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