Please send information of any interesting bird sightings to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 766-1801
Next Bird Walk Friday, November 20, at 8.30 a.m. at Riberas Ravine
Join bird leader Stan Dunn for a Bird Walk up the Riberas Ravine on November 20. Expect to see orioles and various flycatchers and, if we are very lucky, a squirrel cuckoo or a russet-crowned motmot. At about 10.15 we will go for breakfast at Mom's Restaurant to complete the morning's bird list. Bring binoculars of course, and wear hiking shoes as the trail is rocky in parts.
How to get there: From Ajijic, drive to Riberas; turn left at Mom's Restaurant onto San Jorge; proceed two blocks to the end of the street, and park.
Dates Announced for Christmas Bird Counts
There will be two "CBCs" here this year:
A) Friday December 18 will be the regular Ajijic area Bird Count. B) Wednesday December 16 will be the new Bird Count at the other end of the lake, designated as the 'Ciénega de Chapala' Bird Count. Ciénega means marsh, referring to the old marsh which, before it was drained for farming in 1910, constituted one third of the area of the lake. Expect to see a wider range of water birds and raptors there.
These are open to the public. There will be a fee which will include an identification workshop on a prior day and a dinner celebration at the end of the counting day. We are looking for volunteers to help with organizing. Further details will be given out later this month. Please put these dates on your calendar now.
The Christmas Bird Count for Guadalajara will be conducted on Monday December 14. Anyone interested in taking part in the Guadalajara count should reply to this email.
Lake Chapala Bird Festival
The first Lake Chapala Migratory Bird Festival will be held from November 21-28. Sponsored by "Corazón de la Tierra" (Heart of the Earth), this will be a first attempt at developing an appreciation for birds in the local people. Included will be a display of bird photographs by Vince Gravel in Chapala City Hall, and some Bird Walks with Spanish-speaking leaders, however details of these have not yet been finalized.
Report on the last Bird Walk
Photo of Lucy's Warbler
Vince Gravel led 12 birders on a productive walk October 23 at the Carnero dam at Santa Rosa. Forty five species were sighted including Fulvous Whistling Duck and Lucy's Warbler. Thank you, Vince.
120 Species Sighted in October
Below are the species seen around the lake in October by Don Bell, Stan and Darnelle Dunn, and others. Don Bell identified a Willow Warbler, which is a first for Chapala. John and Rosemary Keeling spotted a Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Northern Harrier from the dike at the east end of the lake. For several days a Lesser Nighthawk slept all day on a tree beside Stan Dunn's house in La Floresta. Elegant Euphonias were reported by several people.
Groove-billed ani American avocet Brewer's blackbird (Ac) Red-winged blackbird Yellow-headed blackbird Bushtit Crested caracara (Dp) Yellow-breasted chat American Coot Neotropic cormorant Bronzed cowbird Inca dove Mourning dove White-winged dove Black-bellied whistling duck (Rc) Fulvous whistling duck (Rc) Mexican duck Muscovy duck Ruddy duck (Rc,Cd) Cattle egret Great egret Snowy egret Elegant euphonia House finch Dusky-capped flycatcher Gray flycatcher Gray-silky flycatcher Least flycatcher Social flycatcher Vermillion flycatcher Willow flycatcher (Ac) Blue-gray gnatcatcher Lesser goldfinch Great-tailed grackle Blue-black grasquit Least grebe Black-headed grosbeak Blue grosbeak Laughing gull Northern harrier (Dp) Cooper's hawk (Ac) Red-tailed hawk Sharp-shinned hawk (Ac) Black-crowned night heron Great blue heron Green heron Little blue heron (Dp) Tri-colored heron Yellow-crowned night heron (Dp) Broad-billed hummingbird Caliope hummingbird (Ac) Ruby-throated hummingbird Rufous hummingbird Violet-crowned hummingbird White-faced ibis Northern jacana American kestrel Killdeer Cassin's kingbird Thick-billed kingbird Tropical kingbird Western kingbird Belted kingfisher Great kiskadee White-tailed kite (Jo,Dp) Blue mockingbird Northern mockingbird Common moorhen Russet-crowned motmot (Ac) Lesser nighthawk (Af) Black-backed oriole Black-vented oriole Hooded oriole Orchard oriole Streak-backed oriole Great horned owl American white pelican Greater pewee Western wood pewee Rock pigeon Common raven Rufous-backed robin Least sandpiper Spotted sandpiper White-collared seedeater Northern shoveller (Rc) Loggerhead shrike House sparrow Lark sparrow Lincoln's sparrow Rusty-crowned ground sparrow Stripe-headed sparrow Black-necked stilt Barn swallow Northern rough-winged swallow Tree swallow Western tanager Blue-winged teal Cinnamon teal Green-winged teal Curve-billed thrasher Orange-billed nightingale thrush Canyon towhee Warbling Vireo Black vulture Turkey vulture Black and white warbler Black-throated gray warbler (At) Lucy's warbler (Rc) McGillivray's warbler Nashville warbler Wilson's warbler Yellow warbler Yellow-rumped warbler Golden-fronted woodpecker Ladder-backed woodpecker Bewick's wren Canyon wren House wren Spotted wren
Codes for areas of sightings:
Af - Ajijic La Floresta Ac - Ajijic La Cristina Ap - Ajijic Pantheon As - Ajijic Saddle above shrine At - Ajijic Tepalo waterfall Cp - Santa Cruz pumping stn Cd - Santa Cruz dams Dp - Dike near La Palma Pt - San Pedro Tesistan Pz - San Pedro Itzican Jo - Jocotepec Pe - Petatan Po - Poncitlan Pt - Las Protrillos hill Rc - Santa Rosa Carnero dam Ro - Rancho del Oro Rr - Riberas reservoir Rs - Riberas shore Sv - San Antonio Chula Vista Sc - San Juan Cosala Te - San Juan Tecomatlan Tu - Tuxcueca