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