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Record 167 Species Seen in December
A total of 167 species were seen around the lake in December - the full list is at the end of this newsletter. Unusual sightings included Ring-necked Duck seen by Darnelle Dunn near Ixtlahuacan, Painted Redstart continuing to be seen in La Floresta and Great-horned Owl in Ajijic.
Observed in December near Ixtlahuacan.
Upcoming Bird Walks
On Monday January 10 we will go to Lake Atotonilco at Villa Corona where we expect to see Roseate Spoonbills and possibly an American Bittern. Because of road construction we must allow 90 minutes to drive there, so we will car-pool at Donas Donuts at 7.45. There are no plans for breakfast after. Driving instructions will be handed out to the drivers.
On Tuesday January 18 there will be a bird walk at the Santa Cruz Pumping Station where we expect to see a variety of ducks and wading species. We will meet there at 8.00 a.m. How to Get There: Drive east from Chapala, passing the air-field and the water-skiing park on the right. After you pass Santa Cruz village on the left you will see the big pumping station on the right. After it, take the first gravel road on the right; at the T-junction turn left and park in 200 m/yds.
4-day Trip to El Tuito
The Club will once again run a four-day (three nights) birding trip to El Tuito, February 8-10. It will include two and a half days of birding at different altitudes in a remote untouched part of Jalisco south of Puerto Vallarta. We will have an experienced professional local bird guide and stay at a delightful country property with good birding on the grounds. Maximum capacity is 10 people. The cost is only 3,900 pesos per person. Please email us to obtain the full details.
Christmas Bird Count Results
On December 15 we deployed thirty birders to survey 6 areas within the designated circle around Ajijic - five along the lakeshore between San Juan Cosala and the Chapala Country Club, and one at Lake Cajititlan. The results showed 114 different bird species were identified, including Bufflehead , Western Grebe, and Buff-collared Nightjar. A grand total of 50,000 birds were counted. Two thirds of these were Tree Swallows which were seen flying eastward along the lakeshore in a continuous stream for a full hour and a half.
At the dinner held the same evening Stan Dunn's team was recognized as having identified the most species - a total of 74 different species. Paul Hart's team was recognized as having seen the greatest number of birds - a total of 34,400.
Two days later on December 17 we deployed seven birders in two teams to count the birds along the dike which runs across the east end of the lake between the towns of Jamay and La Palma. They counted a total of 7,000 birds of 89 different species, including Roseate Spoonbill, King Rail and Black Phoebe.
Report on December Bird Walk
On December 6 twenty two keen birders assembled at El Bajio on the west side of Ajijic. The list compiled showed 51 species observed including the unusual sighting of Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, as well as Crested Caracara and Black-headed Grosbeak.
December Sightings List
Here are the 167 species sighted in December:
Groove-billed ani American avocet Least bittern Brewer's blackbird Red-winged blackbird Yellow-headed blackbird Bufflehead Indigo bunting Lazuli bunting Painted bunting Varied bunting Bushtit Crested caracara Yellow-breasted chat American coot Neotropic cormorant Bronzed cowbird Brown-headed cowbird Squirrel cuckoo Common ground dove Inca dove Mourning dove White-tipped dove White-winged dove Long-billed dowitcher Mexican duck Ring-necked duck Ruddy duck Cattle egret Great egret Snowy egret House finch Ash-throated flycatcher Cordilleran flycatcher Dusky capped flycatcher Gray-silky flycatcher Hammond's flycatcher Least flycatcher Social flycatcher Vermillion flycatcher Willow flycatcher Purple gallinule Black-tailed gnatcatcher Blue-gray gnatcatcher Lesser goldfinch Great-tailed grackle Least grebe Pied-billed grebe Black-headed grosbeak Blue grosbeak Laughing gull Ring-billed gull Northern harrier Cooper's hawk Gray hawk Red-tailed hawk Black-crowned night heron Great blue heron Green heron Little blue heron Tricolored heron Berylline hummingbird Blue-throated hummingbird Broad-billed hummingbird Ruby-throated hummingbird Rufous hummingbird Violet-crowned hummingbird White-face ibis Northern jacana American kestrel Killdeer Cassin's kingbird Thick-billed kingbird Tropical kingbird Western kingbird Belted kingfisher Ruby-crowned kinglet Great kiskadee White-tailed kite Eastern meadowlark Blue mockingbird Northern mockingbird Common moorhen Russet-crowned motmot Lesser nighthawk Buff-collared nightjar Black-backed oriole Black-vented oriole Bullock's oriole Hooded oriole Orchard oriole Streak-backed oriole Great-horned owl American white pelican Black phoebe Say's phoebe Rock pigeon Northern pintail American pipit King rail Common raven Painted redstart Rufous-backed robin Least sandpiper Spotted sandpiper Lesser scaup White-collared seedeater Northern shoveler Loggerhead shrike Wilson's snipe Chipping sparrow Clay-colored sparrow House sparrow Lark sparrow Lincoln's sparrow Rusty-crowned ground sparrow Savannah sparrow Stripe-headed sparrow Vesper sparrow Black-necked stilt Barn swallow Northern rough-winged swallow Tree swallow Violet-green swallow Summer tanager Western tanager Blue-winged teal Cinnamon teal Green-winged teal Caspian tern Forster's tern Curve-billed thrasher Orange-billed nightingale thrush Canyon towhee Bell's vireo Cassin's vireo Golden vireo Plumbeous vireo Warbling vireo Black vulture Turkey vulture Black and white warbler Black-throated gray warbler Lucy's warbler MacGillivray's warbler Nashville warbler Orange-crowned warbler Rufous-capped warbler Townsend's warbler Virginia's warbler Wilson's warbler Yellow warbler Yellow-rumped warbler Northern waterthrush American wigeon Willet Golden-fronted woodpecker Ladder-backed woodpecker Bewick's wren Canyon wren Happy wren House wren Marsh wren Spotted wren Greater yellowlegs Common yellowthroat Gray-crowned yellowthroat