Sunday, November 9, 2008

Audubonistas de Laguna Chapala
58 Species, 30 Birders

November 9, 2008
San Nicholas Road.
We rounded up at Cristiania Park in Chapala and headed out the road to Mezcala on the segment to San Nicholas.

This was one of our most productive and enjoyable birding outings in quite some time. With the Lake at historic high levels the birds are concentrated in flooded pastures along the north shore east of Chapala on the road to San Nicholas.

The weather was delightful -- 72 and sunny.

Many people convey their gratitude to our Lead Birder Vince Gravel and to Stan Dunn for locating several sites along the Ribiera with excellent parking for a dozen cars. To that I would add special thanks to Supporting Bird Leaders Tom Holeman, Stan and Darnell Dunn, Don Bell, and Jeanne Greene.

Here is today's list:including a sample of photos from Vince's

  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. American White Pelican

  3. Neotropic Cormorant

  4. Great Blue Heron
  5. Great Egret
  6. Snowy Egret
  7. Cattle Egret
  8. Tricolored Heron
  9. Green Heron

  10. Black-crowned Night Heron

  11. White-faced Ibis (large feeding flocks)
  12. Mexican Duck
  13. Green-winged Teal
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Black Vulture
  16. White-tailed Kite

  17. American Kestrel

  18. Merlin
  19. Common Moorhen
  20. American Coot
  21. Northern Jacana
  22. Killdeer
  23. Greater Yellowlegs
  24. Common (Wilson's) Snipe
  25. Black-necked Stilt
  26. Ring-billd Gull
  27. Rock Dove (feral pigeon)
  28. Inca Dove
  29. Groove-billed Ani

  30. Broad-billed Hummingbird

  31. Berylline Hummingbird

  32. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  33. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  34. Vermillion Flycatcher (m + f)
  35. Western Kingbird
  36. Tropical Kingbird
  37. Social Flycatcher
  38. Great Kiskadee
  39. Tree Swallow
  40. Rough-winged Swallow
  41. Barn Swallow
  42. Curve-billed Thrasher
  43. Blue Mockingbird
  44. Rufous-backed Robin (Thrush)
  45. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  46. Loggerhead Shrike
  47. Brown-headed Cowbird
  48. Great-tailed Grackle
  49. Black-vented Oriole
  50. Hooded Oriole
  51. Red-winged Blackbird (many in dry corn)
  52. Yellow-headed Blackbird (many, many in dry corn)
  53. Blue Grosbeak in corn field
  54. House Finch
  55. Lesser Goldfinch
  56. Canyon Towhee
  57. Lark Sparrow
  58. House Sparrow
AND ... a magnificent but, as yet unidentified lizard. Jeanne Green nominates the specimen with black head and belly and a green back and sides as a Sceloporus horridus horridus" aka the Horrible Spiny Lizard. T She has a colony of them near her house. For more information see:

Any other nominations? Let us know what you think it is.

Thanks for joining us for birding adventures.

Next up
Nov 18 Cristiania Park 8 am
Dec 17 Bird Identification Workshop
Dec 18 Third Annual Official Audubon Christmas Bird Count


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

phone: 376 766 2759

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