Join leader Don Bell on the next bird walk at La Christina. Expect to see white-winged doves, orioles, lesser goldfinches, and white collared seedeaters. At about 10.30 we will go for breakfast at Doña Lola's on the west side of Ajijic to complete the bird list.
How to get there: Go west from Ajijic about 2 mi (3km), turn left towards the lake at the sign to La Christina, which is a few yards west of the turn-off to Las Palmas. Park near the lake or on the street signed 'Calle Rosales'.
July Influx of Tropical Tanagers
Stan Dunn has seen the first Flame-colored Tanager to be reported in the Lake Chapala area - see illustration. Also seen in July were Hepatic Tanagers, and Red-headed Tanagers. This last species is endemic to Mexico and is easily confused with the Western Tanager. However, the Western Tanager goes north for the summer, so if you think you are seeing a Western Tanager here in the summer - think Red-headed.
Report on July 31 Bird Walk
Eleven birders joined leader Stan Dunn at the Jocotepec Malecon. Thirty species were sighted including stripe-headed sparrow and yellow warbler. The species seen are indicated with asterisks in the list below.
Birds Seen Here in July
Below is the list of 96 bird species seen around the Lake during July, 2009, by Stan Dunne, Flossie Merrifield and John and Rosemary Keeling. Codes (explained at the bottom) indicate where the uncommon or unexpected birds were seen. Asterisks indicate a bird seen on the July 31 Bird Walk.
Ani, groove billed * Avocet, American (Dp) Bittern, least Blackbird, red-winged Blackbird, yellow headed Bobwhite, northern (Cp) Bushtit Caracara, crested Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic * Cowbird, bronzed Cowbird, brown-headed * Cuckoo, squirrel (At) Dove, common ground (Cp) Dove, Inca * Dove, mourning (Cp) Dove, white-winged Duck, black-bellied whistling (Dp) Duck, fulvous whistling (Dp) Duck, Mexican * Egret, cattle Egret, great * Egret, snowy * Finch, house * Flycatcher, cordilleran Flycatcher, dusky-capped Flycatcher, gray silky (Af,Rs) Flycatcher, sulphur-bellied (Sl) Flycatcher, vermilion * Flycatcher, social * Goldfinch, lesser * Grackle, great-tailed * Grassquit, blue-black Grebe, least Grebe,pied-billed (Cp) Grosbeak, blue Heron, black-crowned night * Heron, great blue * Heron, green Heron, little blue Heron, tri-colored Hummingbird, beryline Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, magnificent Hummingbird, sparkling tailed Hummingbird, violet-crowned * Hummingbird, white-eared Ibis, white-faced * Jacana, northern Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, tropical * Kingbird, western Kiskadee, great * Kite, white-tailed Meadowlark, eastern (Cp) Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern (Cp) Moorhen, common * Motmot, russet-crowned (Rr) Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, Bullock's (Cp) Oriole, hooded Oriole, streak-backed * Parakeet, orange-fronted (Af) Pelican, American white (Dp) Phoebe, black (Te) Pigeon, rock Raven, common Sandpiper, least (Dp) Seedeater, white collared * Shrike, loggerhead Sparrow, house * Sparrow, rufous crowned (As) Sparrow, stripe-headed * Spoonbill, roseate (Dp) Stilt, black-necked Stork, wood (Dp) Swallow, barn * Swallow, cliff (Cp) Swallow, northern rough-winged Tanager, flame-colored (Ap) Tanager, hepatic (At) Tanager, red headed (At,Ap) Thrasher, curve billed Thrush, orange-billed nightingale (At) Thrush, rufous backed * Towhee, canyon * Warbler, yellow * Woodpecker, golden-fronted * Woodpecker, ladder-backed (Af,Ap) Wren, canyon * Wren, Bewick's * Wren, cactus (Ap) Wren, spotted
Codes for areas of sightings:
Af - Ajijic La Floresta Ap - Ajijic Pantheon As -Ajijic Saddle above shrine At - Ajijic Tepalo waterfall Cp - Santa Cruz pumping stn Dp - Dike near La Palma Rr - Riberas reservoir Rs - Riberas shore Sv - San Antonio Chula Vista Te - San Juan Tecomatlan