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159 Species Sighted in February
In February local birders saw 159 species around Lake Chapala, including a good haul of warblers - see the full list at the end of this newsletter. Uncommon birds for this area included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen on the bird walks in Jocotepec and Ixtlahuacan; John Keeling saw a Golden-crowned Warbler, and John Roynon observed a Black-capped Vireo above Ajijic. Many people have seen the Russet-crowned Motmot on the trails above Ajijc and a few have seen the Squirrel Cuckoo in the same area.
Rosemary notes that although we saw 14 less species than in the previous month, our February list includes 18 species not seen in January.
Observed in February at the Jocotepec malecon.
Flossie the hummingbird lady left us at the end of last year to go north for some operations, not sure when or if she would be back! The doctors told her she did not need any operations, so she's back with us feeding her hummingbirds as usual.
You can visit her and her hummingbirds any morning - just pull hard on the bell on the blue door just across from Barbara's Bazaar on Independencia, and be sure to bring some plain sugar.
Upcoming Bird Walks
On Tuesday March 8, at 8.30 a.m. John Keeling will lead a bird walk at a new location - the Cajititlan Marsh. We are likely to see a variety of waders, differrent sparrow species, common yellow throat, marsh wren and if we are lucky a king rail. At 10.15 we will head for breakfast at Los Cinco Potrillos in Ixtlahuacan. To Get There: Drive toward the airport and one mile after passing the La Barca turn-off, take the Retorno and go back one mile, turning right just before the Burrito restaurant. Drive 2 mi (7km) and turn right on a gravel road by a sign announcing the border between the towns of Tlajomulco and Ixtlahuacan. Go a quarter mile and park when you can see water.
On Thursday March 17 at 8.30 a.m., John will lead a bird walk at the always popular pumping station at Santa Cruz. Expect to see a variety of shore birds, sparrows and warblers. At 10.15 we will head back to Las Delicias restaurant to have breakfast and to complete the bird list. To Get There: Drive from Chapala toward the Chapala Country Club, passing the village of Santa Cruz on the left. Immediately after the pumping station (look for the three tall pump towers on your right) you must take the very first gravel road to the right. When you hit a T-junction turn left, go another quarter mile and park.
February Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On February 5 Don Bell led a group of 18 birders at La Cristina. Though its was a bit windy we saw three species of oriole - Bullock's, hooded and the black-backed which is the local endemic; also orange crowned warbler and greater pewee.
On February 18 John Roynon led 12 observers at the malecon in Jocotepec where 55 species were seen including yellow-bellied sapsucker which is rare here; also eurasian collared dove and orchard oriole.
On February 25 John Keeling led 10 birders at Las Campanillas dam in Ixtlahuacan where less usual sightings included sora, mourning dove, northern harrier, Wilson's snipe, and clay-colored sparrow.
Ten keen birders made the trip to El Tuito in the wilds of western Jalisco, February 8-11. Highlights were a group of 30 very noisy west Mexican chachalacas, pauraques, elegant and citreoline trogons and both black-throated and white-throated magpie jays.
February Sightings List
These are the 159 species observed in February:
Groove-billed ani American Avocet Red-winged blackbird Yellow-headed blackbird Indigo bunting Painted bunting Varied bunting Bushtit Canvasback (Cs) Crested caracara Yellow-breasted chat American coot Neotropic cormorant Bronzed cowbird Brown-headed cowbird Squirrel cuckoo (At) Common ground dove Eurasian collared dove (Ch) Inca dove Mourning dove (Xl) White-winged dove Long-billed Dowitcher Black-bellied whistling duck (Dp) Fulvous whistling duck (Dp) Mexican duck Ruddy duck Cattle egret Great egret Snowy egret Elegant euphonia House finch Ash-throated flycatcher Brown-crested flycatcher Dusky-capped flycatcher Gray silky flycatcher Least flycatcher Social flycatcher Vermillion flycatcher Gadwall (Dp) 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 (Dp)(Xl) Red-tailed hawk Black-crowned night heron Great blue heron Green heron Little blue heron Tri-colored heron Berylline hummingbird Black-chinned hummingbird (Av) Broad-billed hummingbird Lucifer hummingbird (Ac) Magnificent hummingbird Violet-crowned hummingbird White-faced 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 Blue mockingbird Northern mockingbird Common moorhen Russet-crowned motmot (At) Buff-collared nightjar Black-backed oriole Black-vented oriole Bullock's oriole Hooded oriole Orchard oriole Streak-backed oriole Osprey Tropical parula (Ac) American white pelican Brown pelican (Rp) Greater pewee Black phoebe Rock pigeon Northern pintail American pipit Common raven American redstart Painted redstart (Tr) Rufous-backed robin Least sandpiper Spotted sandpiper Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Jo)(Xl) White-collared seedeater Northern shoveler Loggerhead shrike Wilson's snipe Sora Chipping Sparrow Clay-colored sparrow (Xl) House sparrow Lark sparrow Lincoln's sparrow (Cs)((Xl) Rusty-crowned ground sparrow Song sparrow Stripe-headed sparrow Roseate spoonbill (Dp) Black-necked stilt Barn swallow Northern rough-winged swallow Tree swallow Violet-green swallow Hepatic tanager Summer tanager Western tanager Blue-winged teal Cinnamon teal Green-winged teal Caspian tern Curve-billed thrasher Canyon towhee Northern beardless tyrranulet (At) Black-capped vireo (At) Golden vireo Plumbeous vireo Warbling vireo Black vulture Turkey vulture Black and white warbler Black-throated gray warbler Golden-crowned warbler (Av) Lucy's warbler MacGillivray's warbler Nashville warbler Orange-crowned warbler Rufous-capped warbler Tenessee warbler (Ac) Townsend's warbler Virginia's warbler Wilson's warbler Yellow warbler Yellow-rumped warbler Willet (Dp) Golden-fronted woodpecker Ladder-backed woodpecker Bewick's wren Canyon wren Happy wren House wren Spotted wren Lesser yellow-legs Common yellowthroat
Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina/El Bajio At - Trails above Ajijic Av - Ajijic village Ch - Chapala Cl - Lake Cajititlan Cs - Santa Cruz de la Soledad Dm - Dike near Malteraña Dp - Dike near La Palma Hv - Hidden Valley oak forest Jo - Jocotepec Lc - La Cañada Ld - Lerma & Duero rivers Pe - Petatan causeway Po - Poncitlan Pt - San Pedro Tesistan Pz - San Pedro Itzican Rc - Santa Rosa: Carnero dam Rp - Riberas del Pilar Sc - San Juan Cosala Sv - San Antonio/Chula Vista Te - San Juan Tecomatlan Tr - Trails above Las Trojes Tu - Tuxcueca Xl - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas