Monday, June 30, 2008

Audubonistas de Laguna Chapala

  1. Kayak Birding at Mezcala
  2. The report from Friday's Birding at Cristiania Park in Chapala

Kayak Birding

Are you interested in taking a boat, canoe, or kayak trip along the shore of Lake Chapala or making an inventory of the bird life on Mezcala Island?

If you are interested in participating in such an adventure, please let us know by email to

Fellow audubonista Chuck Giles and Randy Branch have 6 one-person kayaks and a 4 person canoe for rent at $80 peso per hour. We can also rent a tour launch which holds 9 persons for $300 per hour.
Meanwhile, if you want to try it out on your own, contact Randy at 766 1031 to make arrangements to rent the canoe or a kayak.

Birds of Cristiania Park

June 27, 2008 at Cristiania Park in Chapala, a dozen or so birders identified some 28 species of birds. This is twice as many as we saw last year (July 17, 2007.

Here is the list (* indicates seen both years):

  1. Neotropic Cormorant (many in the trees out at the old shoreline)
  2. *Great Egret
  3. *Snowy Egret
  4. *Black Crowned Night Heron
  5. White faced Ibis (a dozen or more in flight)
  6. Mexican Duck
  7. Common Moorhen
  8. *American Coot
  9. *Inca Dove
  10. Groove-billed Ani
  11. Violet Crowned Hummingbird
  12. *Golden Fronted Woodpecker
  13. Vermillion Flycatcher
  14. Tropical Kingbird
  15. *Great Kiskadee
  16. *Barn Swallow
  17. Curve-Billed Thrasher
  18. *Rufous Backed Robin
  19. Loggerhead Shrike
  20. Brown-Headed Cowbird
  21. *Great Tailed Grackle
  22. Black Vented Oriole
  23. Bullock's Oriole
  24. *House Finch
  25. *Lesser Goldfinch
  26. White Collared Seedeater
  27. *Canyon Towhee
  28. *House Sparrow

Watch for our next birding outing to be announced. If you have a favorite nook or cranny for birds and want to share it, please let us know at

And ... please register and then login to our Chapala Birding Discussion Forum at to report your sightings, arrange for birding partners, and to ask/answer birding questions.


Allen y Judy (Turner y Boyd)
Audubonistas de Laguna Chapala

phone: 376 766 2759