Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ajijic Report

Audubonistas Report
From the Ajijic Pier March 11 2007
Hello Allen,
Today was a beautiful day at the park and pier in downtown Ajijic, Jalisco. Thirty four early birders gathered at 8 a.m. to the sunrise spectacular.

Great throngs of Great and Snowy Egrets perform their Sun Salutations on distant lirio floats.
A battalion of White American Pelicans cruise above the waterline assessing the fortunes of the fishing boats .
Water snakes mingle with a dozen or so American Coots .
A group of White Faced Ibises, their bills downturned, fly in formation along the shoreline.

Audubonistas Potluck Dinner:
April 14, 2007 Saturday
4 p.m. Social
5 p.m. How To Identify Birds
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Awards and Prizes

Where: Casa Aves, C. Del Fresno #145 Baja Chula Vista

Door prizes, Birder of the Month, Rara Avis Award.

Today's Bird Checklist
Birds identified by members of the group include the following thirty-six species:

White Pelican
Neotropic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron
White- faced Ibis
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Inca Dove
Mourning Dove
Parrot (sp.?)
Broad Billed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Vermillion Flycatcher
Cassin's Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Great Kiskadee
Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Rufous-Backed Robin (Thrush)
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Great- Tailed Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Black-Vented Oriole
Hooded Oriole
White-Collared Seadeater
House Sparrow

And we thank Lead Birders John Roynon, Tom Holeman, Judy Boyd, and Don Bell for their assistance in identifying these birds.

Hosted by Aves Galeria
In April we will have another Bird Walk at a time and place to be announced later.

You are also invited to our casa for a special potluck dinner. Featured will be a bird identification workshop, Rara Avis Awards for unusual sightings, and door prizes.

Vernal Equinox Potluck Dinner
Saturday April 14, 2007
4:00 Social/5:00 Bird Identification/6:00 Dinner /7 awards
Lower Chula Vista, Calle del Fresno #145


Aves Galeria @ Ramon Corona #23
Allen Turner y Judy Boyd
766 2759

Thanks for participating in this program.
Our Audubonistas are creating the living database of the Birds of Lake Chapala.
Be sure to stop by Aves Galeria to browse our bird reference books and enjoy a cup of our Nayarit Mountain Coffee -- "Fuerte para Suave."

Allen y Judy