Thursday, July 2, 2009

Birding Lake Chapala News

Birding Lake Chapala
July 2, 2009


Next Bird Walk Monday, July 13, 8.30 a.m.

Loss of Birding Spots

June 24 Bird Walk Report


John & Rosemary
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John and Rosemary Keeling

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  • Next Bird Walk Monday, July 13, 8.30 a.m.
  • Rosemary Keeling will be our leader for a bird walk at the shore line near the pumping station at Santa Cruz de la Soledad. Expect to see a variety of egrets roosting, green heron and if we are lucky, fulvous whistling ducks and least bittern. Start looking for birds as soon as you turn off the Mezcala road. Expect to see blue-black grassquits, lesser goldfinches, logger-head shrike and, if you are lucky, northern bobwhites. Around 10.30 we will go for breakfast at "Las Delicias" in Chapala, just east of Ace Hardware, to prepare the birdlist.

    How to get there: It is five minutes east of the Chapala train station (the road to Mescala). Pass the airfield on the right, Sta. Cruz on the left and the water-skiing park on the right. When you pass the Guadalajara Aqueduct Pumping Station on the right "Aqueducto - Planta de Bomba", take the first gravel road to the right. At the end turn left, then first right and park you car. Note that the last few hundred yards of the road has little width to turn around.

  • Loss of Birding Spots
  • We have just lost another good birding spot. A developer is busy back-filling the empty field at El Bajio. It is becoming a challenge to find good birding locations close to Ajijic. The shoreline vegetation along most of the shoreline from Riberas to Jocotepec was destroyed earlier this year. We assume this was a result of spraying. How else could all of the water vegetation and the bushes and plants on the shoreline suddenly disappear? The plants are only now starting to grow again.

    All this means we will have to travel further to find good birding spots.

  • June 24 Bird Walk Report
  • A small group of us followed leader Tom Holeman to the reservoir above Mom's Restaurant. Fortunately the trail was not dangerously wet and slippery. Above the reservoir we found a good range of birds by following a new trail to a look-out point with a good view over Riberas. We observed the following 27 species (not including quails which we were not quick enough to identify, and some difficult-to-identify flycatchers):

    Cattle Egret
    Inca Dove
    Groove-billed Ani
    Broad-billed Hummingbird
    Violet-crowned Hummingbird
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Western Wood Pewee
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher
    Great Kiskadee
    Social Flycatcher
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Canyon Wren
    Curve-billed Thrasher
    Blue Mockingbird
    Rufous-backed Robin
    Golden Vireo
    Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow
    Canyon Towhee
    Stripe-headed Sparrow
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Bronzed Cowbird
    Brown-headed cowbird
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    House sparrow

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