If you have reports of interesting bird sightings near Lake Chapala, or need information about birding around the lake, email us at: ChapalaBirders@yahoo.com or phone 376-766-1801
More Unusual Sightings
In February a total of 155 species were seen around Lake Chapala. (The full list is shown below).
Duncan Poole led a hike with John Keeling and Paul Hart above Las Trojes to explore a new route into the oak forests. In addition to finding a relatively easy hiking route we saw a Red-faced Warbler, another new species for this area. This is a higher-altitude bird that summers in northern Mexico and winters in central and southern Mexico.
John Keeling saw a Scott's Oriole in a flowering tree harboring several species of oriole on the southern section of the Rosa Amarilla Loop. This species has not been seen here in many years. Terry Pitzner reports that a Brown Pelican has returned to the north west corner of Lake Chapala.
Anyone iinterested in a birding hike above Las Trojes or a birding day trip to Tapalpa should see the message under Upcoming Bird Walks below.
Red-faced Warbler seen in the oak forest above Las Trojes in February.
Upcoming Bird Walks
Wednesday March 14, John Keeling will lead a trip to the Rosa Amarilla Loop on the south side of the lake. We will car pool at 8.00 a.m. at Donas Donuts in Ajijic. It takes an hour to get to the start of the Loop, and we will bird from 9.00 to 12.00, returning to Ajijic by 1.30. Bring snacks and drinks.
Wednesday March 28, John Roynon will lead a bird walk at the Pumping Station starting at 8.30 a.m. This is still the best local place for birding. How to Get There: Drive from Chapala towards the Chapala Country Club. A mile after passing Santa Cruz on the left you will see the pumping station on the right with its three grey pump towers and a sign "Aqueducto". Take the hidden gravel road on the right immediately after the pumping station; after a mile turn left at the T junction; take the next right and park near the lake.
Those interested in joining a birding hike into the oak forest above Las Trojes, or a day trip birding Sierra Tapalpa with lunch in Tapalpa, in mid-March, should email John at email@example.com
Remember that one of the tourist attractions of Ajijic is Flossie's place. Take your visitors there any morning - she always has several hummingbird feeders in action. Be sure to ring the bell hard and take bags of sugar. Flossie lives on social assistance and uses over a hundred pounds of sugar per month when all her feeders are in operation. It's the blue door on the south side of 16 de Septiembre just west of Morelos.
Bird Walk Reports
February 9, nine birders joined Don Bell at El Bajio. They saw 64 species including gray silky flycatcher, tri-colored heron, northern mockingbird, American redstart, Forster's tern and Lucy's warbler.
February 29, twelve birders joined John Roynon at the Cajititlan Marsh seeing 67 species including crested caracara, little blue heron, belted kingfisher, black-backed oriole, Wilson's snipe, roseate spoonbill and pyrrhuloxia.
Ten birders did the four-day trip to El Tuito this year. A total of 125 speces were sighted including bumblebee and cinnamon hummingbirds, white-throated magpie jay, Harris's hawk, common black hawk, ivory-billed woodcreeper, pale-billed woodpecker and gray-crowned woodpecker.
Here are the 155 species observed in February around Lake Chapala:
Groove-billed ani American avocet American bittern (Ra) Red-winged blackbird Yellow-headed blackbird Indigo bunting Varied bunting Crested Caracara Yellow-breasted chat American coot Neotropic cormorant Bronzed cowbird Brown-headed cowbird Squirrel cuckoo (At) Inca dove Mourning dove White-tipped dove White-winged dove Long-billed dowitcher Mexican duck Ring-billed duck Ruddy duck Cattle egret Great egret Snowy egret Elegant Euphonia House finch Ash-throated flycatcher Buff-breasted flycatcher (Tr) Cordilleran flycatcher Gray silky flycatcher Least flycatcher Social flycatcher Vermillion flycatcher Gadwall Common gallinule Blue-gray gnatcatcher Lesser goldfinch Great-tailed grackle Eared grebe Pied-billed grebe Black-headed grosbeak Blue grosbeak Laughing gull Ring-billed gull Northern harrier (Dm) Cooper's hawk Red-tailed hawk Black-crowned night heron Great blue heron Green heron Little blue heron Tricolored heron Berylline hummingbird Broad-billed hummingbird Rufous hummingbird Violet-crowned hummingbird White-faced ibis Northern jacana American kestrel Killdeer Cassin's kingbird Thick-billed kingbird Tropical kingbird Belted kingfisher Ruby-crowned kinglet Great kiskadee White-tailed kite Eastern meadowlark (Ra) Merlin (Ac) Blue mockingbird Northern mockingbird Russet-crowned motmot Black-backed oriole Black-vented oriole Bullock's oriole Hooded oriole Scott's oriole (Ra) Streak-backed oriole Osprey (Ra) American white pelican Brown pelican (Sc) Western wood pewee Phainopepla (Dp) Black phoebe Say's phoebe Rock pigeon Northern pintail American pipit (Ch) Pyrrhuloxia (Cl) Common raven American redstart Rufous-backed robin Least sandpiper Spotted sandpiper White-collared seedeater Northern shoveler Loggerhead shrike Wilson's snipe Brown-back solitaire (Tr) Chipping sparrow Clay colored sparrow House sparrow Lark sparrow Lincoln's sparrow Rusty-crowned ground sparrow Savannah sparrow Stripe-headed sparrow Roseate spoonbill Black-necked stilt Barn swallow Northern rough-winged swallow Tree swallow Violet-green swallow Hepatic 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 Cassin's vireo Golden vireo Plumbeous vireo Warbling vireo Yellow-green 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 Red-faced warbler (Tr) Townsend's warbler (Tr) Virginia's warbler Wilson's warbler Yellow-warbler Yellow-rumped warbler Golden-fronted woodpecker Ladder-backed woodpecker Bewick's wren Canyon wren Happy wren (At) House wren Marsh wren Spotted wren Greater yellowlegs (Ch) Lesser yellowlegs Common yellowthroat
Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina/El Bajio At - Trails above Ajijic Av - Ajijic village Ch - Chapala Cl - Lake Cajititlan Cs - Santa Cruz/pumping station Dm - Dike near Malteraña Dp - Dike near La Palma Hv - Hidden Valley oak forest Jo - Jocotepec Ld - Lerma & Duero rivers Pe - Petatan causeway Po - Poncitlan Pt - San Pedro Tesistan Pz - San Pedro Itzican Ra - Rosa Amarilla loop Rc - Santa Rosa: Carnero dam Rp - Riberas del Pilar Sc - San Juan Cosala Sv - San Antonio/Chula Vista Te - San Juan Tecomatlan/Mezcala Tr - Las Trojes/oak forest Tu - Tuxcueca Xl - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas