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
146 Species Last Month
In March a total of 146 species were seen around Lake Chapala. (The full list appears below).
Of particular interest was a flame-colored tanager seen on the hike in the oak forest near Las Trojes. This species is seen only occasionally in our area.
Currently we are in the middle of the March-April northern migration season. Some species have already left, but many others are moving through on their way up north.
We have been receiving reports recently of Buff-collared Nightjars calling at night all along the lakeshore. Their ascending call is quite distinctive.
Flame-colored Tanager seen near Las Trojes in March.
Upcoming Bird Walks
Friday April 13, at 8.00 a.m. John Roynon will lead a bird walk at El Bajio. We will see a selection of field birds and shore birds, perhaps rusty-crowned ground sparrow and if we are lucky orange-billed nightingale thrush. At about 10.00 we will go for breakfast to Doña Lola and complete the bird list. How to Get There: Drive west from Ajijic about two miles; watch for the sign 'El Bajio', exit towards the lake; park almost immediately on the side road that parallels the carretera.
Monday April 23 at 8.00 a.m., John Keeling will lead a walk up the Riberas Ravine. We expect to see greater pewee, squirrel cuckoo and streak-backed orioles. At about 10.00 we will head for Mom's restaurant for breakfast. How to Get There: From Ajijic, drive east to Riberas del Pilar; opposite Mom's restaurant turn uphill onto San Jorge; proceed three blocks to the edge of the hill and park.
Donate for a Mexican Birder
Leonel Herrera, a grad student in ornithology in Morelia, has received a travel scholarship to go to the North American Ornithology Conference being held in Vancouver in August. The scholarship does not cover the costs of staying in Vancouver, or the costs of obtaining US and Canadian visas which will be $500 USD alone.
Certain Seattle birders have offered to match donations. If you can donate, please contact sponsor Georgia Conti at email@example.com in Patzcuaro.
Bird Walk Reports
On March 14, a convoy of vehicles took 25 keen birders around the Rosa Amarilla loop. Most got excellent views of all the interesting species which included northern mockingbird, Brewer's blackbird, crested caracara, Cooper's hawk, black phoebe and wood stork.
On March 16, eleven birding hikers went up a new trail east of Las Trojes which is totally oak forest. We saw plumbeous vireo, red-faced warbler, flame colored tanager, hepatic tanager, ruby-crowned kinglet and white-eared hummingbird.
On March 18, nine birders made the day trip to Sierra de Tapalpa managing to increase the Tapalpa list by nine species including Cooper's hawk, stripe-headed sparrow, clay-colored sparrow, black-crowned night heron and long-billed dowitcher.
On March 28, twenty four birders scoured the shore behind the pumping station and came up with a remarkable list of 69 species, including rose-throated becard, mourning dove, bushtit, white-tailed kite, American pipit, and in a flowering jacaranda an orchard oriole and black-backed oriole.
Here are the 146 species observed in March around Lake Chapala:
Groove-billed ani American avocet Rose-throated becard (Cs) Brewer's blackbird (Ra) Red-winged blackbird Yellow-headed blackbird Indigo bunting Lazuli bunting Varied bunting Bushtit Crested caracara Yellow-breasted chat American coot Neotropic cormorant Bronzed cowbird Brown-headed cowbird Squirrel cuckoo Inca dove Mourning dove (Cs) White-tipped dove White-winged dove Long-billed dowitcher Mexican duck Ruddy duck Cattle egret Great egret Snowy egret Elegant euphonia House finch Ash-throated flycatcher Cordilleran flycatcher Dusky-capped flycatcher Gray-silky flycatcher (Av) Social flycatcher Vermillion flycatcher Gadwall Common gallinule 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 Red-tailed hawk White-tailed hawk (Ra) Black-crowned night-heron Great-blue heron Green heron Tri-colored heron Beryline hummingbird Broad-billed hummingbird Violet-crowned hummingbird White-eared 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 (Cs) Eastern meadowlark (Ra) Blue mockingbird Northern mockingbird Russet-crowned motmot Buff-collared nightjar Black-backed oriole Black-vented oriole Bullock's oriole Hooded oriole Orchard oriole Streak-backed oriole Tropical parula American white pelican Greater pewee Western wood pewee Black phoebe (Ra) Rock pigeon American pipit Common raven Lesser roadrunner (Ra) Rufous-backed robin Least sandpiper Spotted sandpiper White-collared seedeater Northern shoveler Loggerhead shrike Wilson's snipe (Ra) Brown-backed solitaire Sora (Ra) Clay-colored sparrow House sparrow Lark sparrow Lincoln's sparrow Rusty-crowned ground sparrow Savannah sparrow Stripe-headed sparrow Black-necked stilt Wood stork Barn swallow Northern rough-winged swallow Tree swallow Flame-colored tanager (Tr) Hepatic tanager Summer tanager (Ac) Western tanager Blue-winged teal Cinnamon teal Caspian tern Forster's tern Curve-billed thrasher Orange-billed nightingale thrush Canyon towhee Cassin's vireo Golden vireo Plumbeous vireo Warbling vireo Black vulture Turkey vulture Black and white warbler Black-throated gray warbler Lucy's warbler Nashville warbler Orange-crowned warbler Red-faced warbler (Tr) Townsend's warbler (Tr) Virginia's warbler Yellow warbler Yellow-rumped warbler Cedar waxwing (Av) Golden-fronted woodpecker Ladder-backed woodpecker Bewick's wren Canyon wren House wren Marsh wren Spotted wren Lesser yellowlegs Gray-crowned yellowthroat (Cs)
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