Monday, February 3, 2020

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Chapala Birders Newsletter February 2, 2020
  175 Species sighted around the Lake in January
This is almost as many species as we saw in December. It helps to have good birders around! The complete list for last month is shown at the end of this newsletter.

Interesting sightings last month:

-  Rudy Neustaedter sent in a photo of both Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck on the reservoir of the Chapala Golf and Country Club.
-  Jules Evens identified Brewers Blackbirds (female) on the Rosa Amarilla loop.
-  Don Bell reported sighting Lesser Nighthawk on the west side of Ajijic.
-  Carlo Cuevas reported a Willet near the Jocotepec malecon.
-  During breakfast in Chapala after the Cajititlan Birding Trip, the group spotted an unusual Western Grebe on Lake Chapala.
-  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were seen at Ixtlahuacan and also on the Rosa Amarilla Loop.
Great Backyard Bird Count this month
The GBBC (Great Backyard Birdcount) runs from February 14 to February 17 - Valentine's Day weekend. Everyone from beginners to experienced birders are encouraged to dedicate a time and place to observe birds and report the sightings on eBird or the GBBC website birdcount.org.

Started by the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 1998, it has expanded from just backyards to anywhere and  everywhere, and from just the USA and Canada to over 100 countries.

As with the Christmas Bird Counts, the results are used to monitor the changes in bird populations.
Featured Bird:   White-striped Woodcreeper
White-striped Woodcreeper. Photo by Mexican birder Raul Padilla.

The White-striped Woodcreeper is an endemic species to Mexico, meaning it is only found in this country. It's normal habitat is in oak and pine forests.

-  We see this species in the oak forests which grow on the north-facing slopes of the mountains above Ajijic.

-  It is about 22cm (8 in.) long.

-  It is always seen looking for beetles, acending the bark of trees until it gets near the top then flies to the base of the next tree.
Upcoming Trips and Bird Walks
Our bird walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. We always have knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species. Please note that we will try to limit car trips to four vehicles because larger convoys are less manageable when trying to stop on country roads to look at the birds. If you are being given a ride, we suggest you make a contribution to your driver for gas and tolls (perhaps 50-100 pesos for a half day outing, 150-200 for a day trip).
 
On Wednesday February 5, we will meet to carpool at 8.30 am at the Old Train Station in Chapala, leaving immediately to bird the "Chapala Lakeshore East" including the pumping station. Expect to see a good variety of shore birds in a variety of habitats. At 10.00 we will head to the Palapa de Don Juan for breakfast and complete the bird list. If you plan on joining us, please tell us if you will bring a vehicle, or if you need a ride at the Train Station, or a ride to get to the Train Station;  email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead of time. The train station is on the Lakeshore Road just east of Cristiania Park in Chapala.

On Monday February 17, we will meet at 8.00 a.m. at the "Las Palmas" Road on the west side of Ajijic. We will see some shore birds, and some birds in the tall trees. At about 10.00 a.m. we will head to Fonda Dona Lola for breakfast and complete the bird list.
How to Get There: Drive about 2 mi (4km) west from Colon, look for a bus stop in front of a vivero (plant nursery) with signs to Las Palmas on one side and Hacienda La Cristina on the other. Park between the bus stop and the vivero, leaving space for others to park there also.

On Friday February 28, we will meet at 8.00 am at Donas Donuts to car pool, leaving immediately for the Rosa Amarilla Loop on the plateau above the south side of the lake (60 minutes drive). Expect to see Wood Storks, and possibly a White-tailed Hawk. Bring refreshments for the morning and sandwiches for the 12.30 lunch stop. We will be back about 3.00 pm. If you plan on going, please email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead of time saying whether you can bring a vehicle, to help in carpool planning. (We don't always have enough cars).
"Field Notes" by Jules
The Call of the Violet-crowned Hummingbird
One of the common bird "songs" heard Lakeside in winter is the vocalization of the Violet-crowned Hummingbird, most often heard in early morning hours. The bird usually calls from an exposed perch several meters above the ground. They are very aggressive toward other hummers, their own kind as well as other resident species. These vocalizing birds are clearly defending foraging or nesting territories and are intolerant of intruders.
In my residential neighborhood Lakeside, singing individuals tend to be spaced about 50 meters from one another. The song is a series of thin, light notes, repeated at even, unhurried intervals a half dozen to a dozen times, usually descending slightly toward the end. Steve Howell's description as a "plaintive chieu, chieu, chieu . . ." is about right.  
There are two other local species with descending song series that may be mistaken for this hummer-Northern Beardless Tyrannulet and Canyon Wren-but neither are as vocal at this time of the year. The tyrannulet's call is more emphatic, louder and fuller than the Violet-crown's, a slow series of 3-9 clear, whistled notes that descends, in pitch, more distinctly. The Canyon Wren's aria is the most musical and complex of the three, aptly described as an opening staccato note followed by a "cascade of sweet liquid notes."
       Violet-crowned Hummingbird                 - photo by Jules Evens
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On Tuesday January 7, we had eleven participants on the trip to the Sierra de Tapalpa which is 2,000 ft above lake level. We saw a good selection of unusual species including Mexican Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Elegant Euphonia, Olive Warbler and Grace's Warbler, out of total of 58 species.

On Friday January 17, there was a good crowd of 22 birders on the Allen Lloyd Trail in San Antonio Tlayacapan. We observed 44 species including Western Kingbird, Greenish Elaenia, Warbling Vireo, Greater Pewee, Varied Bunting, Cordilleran Flycatcher, and a Townsend's Warbler which is more normally seen at higher atlitude.

On Thursday January 30, we were joined by 16 observers birding the Cajititlan Marsh, managing to see sixty seven species, including White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Painted Bunting, Yellow-breasted Sapsucker, Common Yellowthroat, Lincoln's Sparrow and Least Flycatcher.
Monthly Sightings List
Here are the species sighted around Lake Chapala in January:

Ani, groove-billed
Avocet, American (Dp)
Bittern, least (Sa)
Blackbird, Brewer's (Ra)
Blackbird, yellow-headed
Bluebird, eastern (Ra)
Bunting, indigo
Bunting, lazuli
Bunting, painted (Ca,Dp)
Bunting, varied
Bushtit
Caracara, crested
Chat, yellow-breasted (Jo,Dm)
Coot, American
Cormorant, neotropic
Cowbird, bronzed
Cowbird, brown-headed
Cuckoo, squirrel (Sa)
Dove, common ground (Dp,Ra)
Dove, Eurasian collared
Dove, Inca
Dove, mourning (Ca,Ra)
Dove, white-tipped
Dove, white-winged
Dowitcher, long-billed
Duck, fulvous whistling (Ca)
Duck, Mexican
Duck, ring-necked (Sn)
Duck, ruddy
Egret, cattle
Egret, great
Egret, snowy
Elaenia, greenish (Sa)
Finch, house
Flycatcher, ash-throated
Flycatcher, cordilleran
Flycatcher, dusky (Sa)
Flycatcher, dusky-capped
Flycatcher, gray silky
Flycatcher, least (Ca)
Flycatcher, Nutting's
Flycatcher, social
Flycatcher, vermilion
Flycatcher, white-throated (Sa)
Gadwall
Gallinule, common
Gallinule, purple (Sa,Dp)
Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
Goldfinch, lesser
Grackle, great-tailed
Grebe, least
Grebe, pied-billed
Grebe, western (Ch)
Grosbeak, black-headed
Grosbeak, blue
Gull, laughing
Gull, ring-billed
Harrier, northern (Ca,Dp)
Hawk, Cooper's (Dp)
Hawk, gray (Jo)
Hawk, red-tailed
Heron, black-crowned night
Heron, great blue
Heron, green
Heron, little blue (Dp)
Heron, tri-colored
Hummingbird, beryline (Sa)
Hummingbird, broad-billed
Hummingbird, rufous (Ra)
Hummingbird, violet-crowned
Hummingbird, white-eared (Av)
Ibis, white-faced
Jacana, northern
Kestrel , American
Killdeer
Kingbird, Cassin's
Kingbird, thick-billed
Kingbird, tropical
Kingbird, western
Kingfisher, belted (Dp0
Kingfisher, green (Dp)
Kinglet, ruby-crowned (Ra)
Kiskadee, great
Kite, white-tailed (Ca)
Meadowlark, eastern (Ra)
Mockingbird, blue
Mockingbird, northern
Nighthawk, lesser
Nightjar, buff-collared (Av)
Oriole, black-backed
Oriole, black-vented
Oriole, Bullock's
Oriole, hooded
Oriole, orchard
Oriole, streak-backed
Owl, barn (Jo)
Owl, ferruginous pygmy (Sa)
Parakeet, monk
Pelican, American white
Pewee, greater (Sa)
Pigeon, rock
Pintail, northern
Raven, common
Redstart, American (Dm,Dp)
Roadrunner, greater
Robin, rufous-backed
Sandpiper, least
Sandpiper, spotted
Sapsucker, yellow-bellied (Xt,Ra)
Scaup, lesser (Sn)
Seedeater, cinnamon-rumped
Shoveler, northern
Shrike, loggerhead
Solitaire, brown-backed (At)
Sora
Sparrow, chipping
Sparrow, clay-colored
Sparrow, grasshopper (Sa)
Sparrow, house
Sparrow, lark
Sparrow, Lincoln's
Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
Sparrow, savannah (Ra,Sa)
Sparrow, stripe-headed
Stilt, black-necked
Stork, wood (Ra)
Swallow, barn
Swallow, northern rough-necked
Swallow, tree
Swallow, violet-green
Tanager, hepatic (Ra)
Tanager, summer
Tanager, western
Teal, blue-winged
Teal, cinnamon
Teal, green-winged
Tern, Caspian
Tern, Forster's
Thrasher, curve-billed
Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
Towhee, canyon
Tyrannulet, northern beardless (Sa)
Vireo, black-capped (Sa)
Vireo, Cassin's (Ra,Sa)
Vireo, golden (Sa)
Vireo, plumbeous (Dp,Ra)
Vireo, warbling
Vulture, black
Vulture, turkey
Warbler, black and white (Sa)
Warbler, black-throated gray
Warbler, hermit (Sa)
Warbler, Lucy's (Ac,Sa)
Warbler, MacGillivray's (Jo,Sa)
Warbler, Nashville
Warbler, orange-crowned
Warbler, rufous-capped
Warbler, Townsend's
Warbler, Virginia's (Sa)
Warbler, Wilson's
Warbler, yellow
Warbler, yellow-rumped
Waterthrush, northern (Sa)
Wigeon, American
Willet (Jo)
Woodpecker, golden-fronted
Woodpecker, ladder-backed
Wren, Bewick's
Wren, canyon
Wren, happy
Wren, house
Wren, spotted
Yellowlegs, greater (Ra)
Yellowlegs, lesser (dp)
Yellowthroat, common (Ca)

Location codes:
Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina/El Bajio
At - Trails above Ajijic
Av - Ajijic village
Ca - Lake Cajititlan & marsh
Ch - Chapala
Cu - Cuitzeo/Ocotlan
Dm - Dike: Jamay to Malteraña
Dp - Dike: Maltaraña to La Palma
Hv - Hidden Valley oak forest
Ja - Jamay
La - La Cañada-Hidden Valley
Jo - Jocotepec
Ld - Lerma & Duero rivers
Pe - Petatan area
Ps - Pumping Station/Santa Cruz
Pt - San Pedro Tesistan area
Pz - San Pedro Itzican area
Ra - Rosa Amarilla loop
Rc - Santa Rosa/Carnero dam
Rp - Riberas del Pilar & canyon
Sa - San Antonio/Allen Lloyd Trail
Sc - San Juan Cosala
Sn - San Nicholas/Golf Club
Tz - Tizapan canyon
Te - San Juan Tecomatlan/Mezcala
Tr  - Las Trojes/oak forest
Tu - Tuxcueca/San Luis Soyatlan
Xt - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas
John&Rosemary
Lake Chapala Birders is an informal group of bird observers led by John and Rosemary Keeling. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are seeking information about birding in the area. We also like to hear about sightings of birds or nests at: chapalabirders@yahoo.com or 376.766.1801. Check out the website: chapalabirders.org.

A laminated folder "Quick Guide to the Birds of Lake Chapala" illustrating 150 local species can be purchased for $150 pesos at Diane Pearl Collecciones, Colon #1, in the center of Ajijic. This is especially useful to newcomers - it is produced by "Defenders of Wildlife" which works to protect imperiled species throughout North America.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Newsletter



Chapala Birders Newsletter January 2, 2020
  177 Species sighted around the Lake in December
This is an unusually high number of species. For comparison, last December we reported only 137 species. The complete list for last month is shown at the end of this newsletter.
Interesting sightings last month:
- John Roynon reported sighting Black-capped Vireo and Lazuli Bunting on the Allen Lloyd trail.
- Nicola Cendron reported Dusky Flycatcher and Happy Wren on the International School road.
- Jules Evens reported White-striped Woodcreeper and Brown-backed Solitaire on the mountain above Las Trojes during the Christmas Bird Count.
- John Keeling saw two Snow Geese at the Dike near La Palma during the Christmas Bird Count.
- Don Bell reported seeing Willow Flycatcher and Painted Bunting on the west side of Ajijic during the Christmas Bird Count.
Christmas Bird Count Report
For the Ajijic area CBC on December 16 we had twenty four participants in five teams. The final count was 135 species and 7,702 individual birds.
For the second time, one team went to Las Trojes to hike the oak forest between 7,000 and 8,000 feet above sea level. That team saw 24 species not seen by the other teams, in particular Mountain Pygmy Owl, Red-faced Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Painted Redstart, Brown-backed Solitaire, White-striped Woodcreeper and Mexican Violetear.
On the 'Cienega' CBC held December 18 at the east end of the lake we formed one team in two cars. An unusual sighting was of two Snow Geese on the Dike. The total count was 83 species and 64,543 individual birds.
The combined total for both areas was 149 species.
Featured Bird:   Black-capped Vireo
  Black-capped Vireo. Photo by Jalisco birder Julio Álvarez.


The Black-capped Vireo is a very small, shy bird that hides in undergrowth. We find it on the Allen Lloyd trail and Tepalo Waterfall trail. 
-  It breeds in Oklahoma and Texas in the period May to August and  spends the winter along the Pacific coast of central Mexico.
-  The male has a jet-black head; the female a gray head; both having a bold white eye-ring. 
-  They eat caterpillars, spiders, and berries.  
-  The species almost went extinct 30 years ago. When only a few thousand birds remained it was declared an endangered species. It suffers from habitat loss, and cowbird depredation.
-  It needs a particular habitat to survive, which is young-growth shrubs with undergrowth and short grass which is the result of regular prairie fires. Nests are built one to three feet above the ground. Unfortuantely, female cowbirds are very aggressive, killing vireo chicks if necessary before laying an egg. Also, Cowbird eggs hatch 4 days quicker than the vireo eggs, and the cowbird chick is bigger, able to kill the other chicks by smothering. 
-  Over the last 30 years the Black-capped Vireo has been brought back from the brink of extinction, temporarily, by action in selected areas. Actions have included trapping of cowbirds close to cattle and bison; scheduling of regular burns of grassland; and reduciing the grazing areas of cattle and goats. At present this is a great success story for the Endangered Species Act. However, if these actions cease, the species will go extinct. 
Upcoming Trips and Bird Walks
Our bird walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. We always have knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species. Please note that we will try to limit car trips to four vehicles because larger convoys are less manageable when trying to stop on country roads to look at the birds. If you are being given a ride, we suggest you make a contribution to your driver for gas and tolls (perhaps 50-100 pesos for a half day outing, 150-200 for a day trip).
 
On Tuesday January 7, we will carpool at Donas Donuts at 8.00 am, leaving immediately for the Sierra de Tapalpa (90 minutes away). We will bird from 9.30 till 12.30, have lunch in the town of Tapalpa and complete the bird list. We expect to see higher altitude birds such as Acorn Woodpecker and Slate-throated Redstart and if we are lucky Trans-volcanic Jay. Bring your own refreshments for the morning. We will be back about 5.00 pm. If you plan on going, please email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com two days ahead of time; also indicate if you can bring a vehicle, to help in carpool planning. (We don't always have enough cars).

On Friday January 17, we will meet at 8.00 am to walk the one-mile long Allen Lloyd Trail which has lots of underbrush in which birds love to hide. Expect to see Stripe-headed Sparrow and Groove-billed Ani and hear the Happy Wren - if we are lucky. At about 10.15 we will head to Cafe Negro restaurant for breakfast and complete the bird list.
How to get to the trail head: Drive up the Libramiento a half mile from the traffic light at Walmart, and park on the north side of the road across from the El Dorado Condominium tower.

On Wednesday January 29, we will meet at 8.00 am to carpool behind Black Coffee, in the Laguna Mall parking area, leaving immediately for the Cajititlan Marsh (30 minutes drive). We expect to see a variety of marsh and lake birds such as Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Egret, and perhaps American Avocet. At about 10.15 we will go La Palapa de Don Juan restaurant in Chapala for breakfast and complete the bird list. If you plan on going, email John at Chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead of time, also indicate whether or not you can bring a car. (We don't always have enough cars).
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On December 8, we had 20 people out to bird the 'Chapala Lakedshore East' route, centering on the Pumping Station. Interesting sightings included American Wigeon, Virginia's Warbler, Wilson's Snipe, Sora, Black-vented Oriole, Black-backed Oriole, White-crowned Sparrow and 100 Lark Sparrows. The total was sixty species.

On December 27, there were 19 birders viewing a total of 79 species on Lake Atotonilco at Villa Corona. Species seen included Eastern Meadowlark,  Least Bittern, Squirrel Cuckoo, Aztec Rail, Semipalmated Plover, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, 100 American White Pelicans, 340 Snow Geese and 25 Clarke's Grebes.
Monthly Sightings List
Here are the species sighted around Lake Chapala in December:

Ani, groove-billed
Avocet, American
Becard, rose-throated (Tr)
Blackbird, yellow-headed
Bunting, indigo (Ca)
Bunting, lazuli (Sa)
Bunting, painted (Ac)
Bunting, varied
Bushtit
Caracara, crested
Coot, American
Cormorant, neotropic
Cowbird, bronzed
Cowbird, brown-headed
Cuckoo, squirrel (Sc,Sa)
Dove, Eurasian collared
Dove, Inca
Dove, mourning
Dove, white-tipped
Dove, white-winged
Dowitcher, long-billed
Duck, black-bellied whistling
Duck, fulvous whistling
Duck, Mexican
Duck, ruddy
Egret, cattle
Egret, great
Egret, snowy
Euphonia, elegant (Sa)
Finch, house
Flycatcher, ash-throated
Flycatcher, buff-breasted (Tr)
Flycatcher, cordilleran
Flycatcher, dusky (Ch)
Flycatcher, dusky-capped
Flycatcher, gray-silky
Flycatcher, least (Tr)
Flycatcher, Nutting's (Sa)
Flycatcher, olive-sided (Tr)
Flycatcher, social
Flycatcher, vermilion
Flycatcher, white-throated (Dp)
Flycatcher, willow (Ac)
Gadwall
Gallinule, common
Gallinule, purple (Sa,Dp)
Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
Goldfinch, lesser
Goose, snow (Dp)
Grackle, great-tailed
Grebe, eared (Ps,Dp)
Grebe, pied-billed
Grosbeak, black-headed
Grosbeak, blue
Gull, laughing
Gull, ring-billed
Harrier, northern (Dp)
Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk, gray
Hawk, red-tailed
Hawk, sharp-shinned
Hawk, white-tailed (Ca)
Hawk, zone-tailed (Ac)
Heron, black-crowned night
Heron, great-blue
Heron, green
Heron, little blue
Heron, tricolored
Hummingbird, beryline
Hummingbird, black-chinned (Sa)
Hummingbird, broad-billed
Hummingbird, rufous (Ch)
Hummingbird, violet-crowned
Ibis, white-faced
Jacana, northern
Kestrel, American
Killdeer
Kingbird, Cassin's
Kingbird, thick-billed
Kingbird, tropical
Kingbird, western (Sa)
Kingfisher, belted
Kingfisher, green
Kinglet, ruby-crowned (Tr)
Kiskadee, great
Kite, white-tailed
Mockingbird, blue
Mockingbird, northern
Oriole, black-backed
Oriole, black-vented
Oriole, Bullock's
Oriole, hooded
Oriole, Scott's (Ch)
Oriole, streak-backed
Osprey
Owl, ferruginous pygmy (Sa)
Owl, mountain pygmy (Tr)
Parakeet, monk
Parula, tropical (Ac)
Pelican, American white
Pewee, greater
Phoebe, Say's (Tr)
Pigeon, rock
Pintail, northern
Rail, Aztec
Raven, common
Redstart, painted
Robin, rufous-backed
Sandpiper, spotted
Seedeater, cinnamon-rumped
Shoveler, northern
Shrike, loggerhead
Snipe, Wilson's (Ps)
Solitaire, brown-backed
Sora
Sparrow, chipping
Sparrow, clay-colored
Sparrow, grasshopper (Ch)
Sparrow, house
Sparrow, lark
Sparrow, Lincoln's
Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
Sparrow, stripe-headed
Sparrow, white-crowned (Ps)
Stilt, black-necked
Swallow, barn
Swallow, cliff
Swallow, northern rough-winged
Swallow, tree
Swallow, violet-green
Tanager, hepatic
Tanager, western
Teal, blue-winged
Teal, cinnamon
Teal, green-winged
Tern, black
Tern, Caspian
Tern, Forster's
Thrasher, curve-billed
Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
Towhee, canyon
Tyrannulet, northern beardless
Violetear, Mexican
Vireo, Bell's (Ch)
Vireo, Black-capped (Sa)
Vireo, Cassin's (Sa)
Vireo, plumbeous (Tr)
Vireo, warbling (Tr,Sa)
Vulture, black
Vulture, turkey
Warbler, black and white
Warbler, black-throated gray
Warbler, hermit (Tr)
Warbler, Lucy's
warbler, MacGillivray's (Sa)
Warbler, Nashville
Warbler, orange-crowned
Warbler, red-faced (Tr)
Warbler,  rufous-capped (Tr,Sa)
Warbler, Townsend's (Tr)
Warbler, Virginia's
Warbler, Wilson's
Warbler, yellow
Warbler, yellow-rumped
Waterthrush, northern (Sa)
Wigeon, American
Woodcreeper, white-striped (Tr)
Woodpecker, golden-fronted
Woodpecker, ladder-backed
Wren, Bewick's
Wren, canyon
Wren, happy (Sa)
Wren, house
Wren, marsh (Ps)
Wren, spotted
Yellowlegs, lesser
Yellowthroat, common

Location codes:
Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina/El Bajio
At - Trails above Ajijic
Av - Ajijic village
Ca - Lake Cajititlan & marsh
Ch - Chapala
Cu - Cuitzeo/Ocotlan
Dm - Dike: Jamay to Malteraña
Dp - Dike: Maltaraña to La Palma
Hv - Hidden Valley oak forest
Ja - Jamay
La - La Cañada-Hidden Valley
Jo - Jocotepec
Ld - Lerma & Duero rivers
Pe - Petatan area
Ps - Pumping Station/Santa Cruz
Pt - San Pedro Tesistan area
Pz - San Pedro Itzican area
Ra - Rosa Amarilla loop
Rc - Santa Rosa/Carnero dam
Rp - Riberas del Pilar & canyon
Sa - San Antonio/Allen Lloyd Trail
Sc - San Juan Cosala
Sn - San Nicholas/Golf Club
Tz - Tizapan canyon
Te - San Juan Tecomatlan/Mezcala
Tr  - Las Trojes/oak forest
Tu - Tuxcueca/San Luis Soyatlan
Xt - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas
John&Rosemary
Lake Chapala Birders is an informal group of bird observers led by John and Rosemary Keeling. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are seeking information about birding in the area. We also like to hear about sightings of birds or nests at: chapalabirders@yahoo.com or 376.766.1801. Check out the website: chapalabirders.org.

A laminated folder "Quick Guide to the Birds of Lake Chapala" illustrating 150 local species can be purchased for $150 pesos at Diane Pearl Collecciones, Colon #1, in the center of Ajijic. This is especially useful to newcomers - it is produced by "Defenders of Wildlife" which works to protect imperiled species throughout North America.