Sunday, April 24, 2011

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders March 2, 2011


163 Species Seen in March

Song Sparrow

Upcoming Bird Walks

March Bird Walk and Trip Reports

March Sightings List

Lake Chapala Birders

Observadores de Aves del Lago de Chapala

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John and Rosemary Keeling
John & Rosemary

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  • 163 Species Seen in March

  • Once again we have a super-long list of birds observed during the month. A number of less-usual species were seen by John Roynon, John Keeling and Rosemary Keeling at the east end of the lake, including black-bellied and fulvous whistling duck, willet, whimbrel, black skimmer, and song sparrow. Ryon Johnson saw a tropical parula in Jocotepec. Ruddy duck continues to be seen at the upper Santa Cruz dam, and eastern meadowlark is returning to breed near the pumping station.

    Note: The song sparrow is always found on or near water, particularly in marshes. Lake Chapala is at the western end of an area stretching across the central volcanic belt of Mexico where song sparrows are found year-round. This area is isolated from other song sparrow populations further north. Note that the song sparrow may be confused with the Savannah sparrow and Lincoln's sparrow.

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  • Song Sparrow

  • Observed in March at the dike.

  • Upcoming Bird Walks

  • Wednesday April 13 at 8.00 a.m.
    We will meet at the front gate of Cristiania Park in Chapala. John Roynon will lead us in the park where we can expect to see curved-bill thrasher, golden-fronted woodpecker, Eurasian collared dove and a selection of water birds. At about 10.00 a.m. we will head to Las Delicias for breakfast and prepare the list of sightings.
    How to get there: from Ajijic, keep going straight at the main traffic light on Madero (the main street). After 5 blocks turn left at the T junction. Park almost immediately on the right.

    Tuesday April 26, Cajititlan Marsh.
    John Keeling will lead a return visit to this great site. Expect to see marsh wren, common yellowthroat, northern harrier and northern jacana.
    How to get there: we will carpool at 8.00 a.m. in front of Donas Donuts. Driving time is 30 minutes. At 10.15 we will go for breakfast to Los Cinco Potrillos in Ixtlahuacan.

  • March Bird Walk and Trip Reports

  • March 8th, we had 21 birders out at a new location - the Lake Cajititlan Marsh - which turned out to be the best location yet for range of birds. We saw 69 species including a white-tailed hawk (uncommon for our area), sora, king rail, northern harrier, in addition to several ostriches keenly observing us from a nearby field.

    March 17th, we returned to the popular Santa Cruz pumping station with 23 birders in attendance. The sightings included crested caracara, little blue heron, orchard oriole, black-backed oriole, American pipit, marsh wren and clay-colored sparrow. Sixty two species were observed that morning.

    The Colima Volcanoes were the target of a two day trip at the end of the month by six birders from Ajijic. Sightings included red warbler, buff-breasted flycatcher, lucifer hummingbird, lilac-crowned parrot, slate-throated redstart, grayish saltator, and at 11,000 feet, yellow-eyed junco.

  • March Sightings List

  • These are the 163 species observed in March around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove-billed
    Avocet, American
    Becard, rose-throated
    Blackbird, Brewer's
    Blackbird, red-winged
    Blackbird, yellow-headed
    Bunting, indigo
    Bunting, lazuli
    Bunting, varied
    Caracara, crested
    Chat, yellow-breasted
    Coot, American
    Cormorant, neotropic
    Cowbird, bronzed
    Cowbird, brown-headed
    Cuckoo, squirrel
    Dove, common ground
    Dove, Eurasian collared (Jo)
    Dove, Inca
    Dove, mourning
    Dove, white-tipped
    Dove, white-winged
    Dowitcher, long-billed
    Duck, black-bellied whistling (Dm)
    Duck, fulvous whistling (Dm)
    Duck, Mexican
    Duck, ruddy (Cs)
    Egret, cattle
    Egret, great
    Egret, snowy
    Euphonia, elegant
    Finch, house
    Flycatcher, ash-throated
    Flycatcher, cordilleran
    Flycatcher, dusky-capped
    Flycatcher, least
    Flycatcher, social
    Flycatcher, vermillion
    Flycatcher, willow
    Gnatcatcher, blue-grey
    Goldfinch, lesser
    Grackle, great-tailed
    Grebe, least
    Grebe, pied-billed
    Grosbeak, black-headed
    Grosbeak, blue
    Gull, laughing
    Gull, ring-billed
    Harrier, northern
    Hawk, gray
    Hawk, red-tailed
    Hawk, white-tailed (Cl)
    Heron, black-crowned
    Heron, great-blue
    Heron, green
    Heron, little blue
    Heron, tricolored
    Hummingbird, berylline
    Hummingbird, black-chinned
    Hummingbird, broad-billed
    Hummingbird, rufous
    Hummingbird, violet-crowned
    Hummingbird, white-eared
    Ibis, white-faced
    Jacana, northern
    Kestrel, American
    Kingbird, Cassin's
    Kingbird, thick-billed
    Kingbird, tropical
    Kingbird, western
    Kingfisher, belted
    Kiskadee, great
    Kite, white-tailed
    Meadowlark, eastern (Cs)
    Mockingbird, blue
    Mockingbird, northern
    Moorhen, common
    Motmot, russet-crowned
    Nighthawk, lesser
    Nightjar, buff-collared
    Oriole, black-backed
    Oriole, black-vented
    Oriole, Bullock's
    Oriole, hooded
    Oriole, orchard
    Oriole, streak-backed
    Parula, tropical (Jo)
    Pelican, American white
    Pewee, greater
    Phoebe, black
    Pigeon, rock
    Pipit, American
    Rail, King (Cs)
    Raven, common
    Robin, rufous-backed
    Sandpiper, least
    Sandpiper, spotted
    Scaup, lesser
    Seedeater, white-collared
    Shoveler, northern
    Shrike, loggerhead
    Skimmer, black (Dm)
    Sparrow, chipping
    Sparrow, clay-colored
    Sparrow, house
    Sparrow, lark
    Sparrow, Lincoln's
    Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
    Sparrow, Savannah
    Sparrow, song (Dm)
    Sparrow, stripe-headed
    Sparrow, white-crowned
    Spoonbill, roseate (Dm)
    Stilt, black-necked
    Swallow, barn
    Swallow, cliff
    Swallow, northern rough-winged
    Swallow, tree
    Swallow, violet-green
    Tanager, western
    Teal, blue-winged
    Teal, cinnamon
    Teal, green-winged
    Tern, Caspian
    Tern, Forster's
    Thrasher, curve-billed
    Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
    Towhee, canyon
    Tyrranulet, northern beardless (Jo)(Cl)
    Vireo, Bell's
    Vireo, Cassin's
    Vireo, golden
    Vireo, plumbeous
    Vireo, warbling
    Vulture, black
    Vulture, turkey
    Warbler, 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
    Whimbrel (Dp)
    Wigeon, American
    Willet (Dp)
    Woodpecker, golden-fronted
    Woodpecker, ladder-backed
    Wren, Bewick's
    Wren, canyon
    Wren, happy
    Wren, house
    Wren, marsh
    Wren, spotted
    Yellowthroat, common

    Location codes:

    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