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
83 Species Last Month
In June a total of 83 species were seen around Lake Chapala. (The full list appears below).
John Keeling has sighted a Greenish Elaenia at the same spot on a trail above Ajijic two years in a row. This is an uncommon bird that looks like a flycatcher, but behaves like a vireo in the way it gleans insects from leaves. Here it is at the northern end of its range being resident from Mexico to Argentina. (See photo below).
Other sightings of interest were a roseate spoonbill on the mudflats at Ixtlahuacan, and both fulvous and black-bellied whistling ducks at the Lake Cajtitlan marsh.
Greenish Elaenia photo by Vince Gravel.
Upcoming Bird Walks & Trips
On Tuesday July 10 we will meet at 8.00 a.m. at El Bajio. With mature trees this area always has a good variety of birds, including orioles and wrens, as well as shore birds. At 10.00 we will go for breakfast at Doña Lola's to prepare the bird list. How to Get There: On the carretera drive west from the main traffic light at Colon in Ajijic for about a mile. Turn left at the sign to El Bajio; park on the section which parallels the carretera.
On Wednesday July 25 we will carpool at Donas Donuts for 8.00 a.m. departure to the Sierra de Tapalpa. We will bird from 9.00 to 12.30 and have lunch in Tapalpa around 1.00. We expect to see some species which are not common around Lake Chapala. If you want to go, please phone John Keeling at 766-1801 so we can plan to minimize the number of vehicles.
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
June 7, John Keeling led the visit to the Wojciechowski's to see russet-cowned motmots. Nine people turned up, and so did the motmots which were taking food to their babies located in a drainage pipe in the sloping garden. Also sighted were: blue mockingbird, black-vented oriole, western wood pewee and thick-billed kingbird. Thank you, Margot and Bodan, for hosting this visit.
June 18, Robert Taylor led a small group round Cristianía Park in Chapala. They managed to sight 25 species including black-necked stilt, white-collared seedeater, Cassin's kingbird and tricolored heron.
June 28, John Keeling led a party of four to Rancho El Venado on the Rio Verde. Interesting sightings included: common black hawk (rare), northern bobwhite, elegant trogon and gila woodpecker. Some in the party enjoyed time in the swimming pools fed continuously from hot springs in the side of the rock cliff.
Here are the 83 species observed in June around Lake Chapala:
Ani, groove billed Becard, rose-throated (At) Blackbird, red-winged Bushtit Caracara, crested Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cowbird, brown-headed Cuckoo, squirrel Dove, Inca Dove, white-tipped Dove, white-winged Duck, black-bellied whistling (Ca) Duck, fulvous whistling (Ca) Duck, Mexican Duck, ruddy (Ra,Cs) Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret, snowy Elaenia, greenish (At) Finch, house Flycatcher, gray silky Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gallinule, common Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grebe, pied-billed Grosbeak, black-headed Grosbeak, blue Hawk, red-tailed Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great blue Heron, tricolored Hummingbird, berylline Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, magnificent (Ac) Hummingbird, sparkling-tailed (Ac) Hummingbird, violet-crowned Hummingbird, white-eared Ibis, white-faced Jacana, northern Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, thick-billed Kingbird, tropical Kiskadee, great Meadowlark, eastern (Ra) Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern Motmot, russet-crowned Nightjar, buff-collared (Ac) Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, streak-backed Owl, great-horned Pewee, greater Pewee, western wood Pigeon, rock Raven, common Robin, rufous-backed Seedeater, white-collared Shrike, loggerhead Sparrow, house Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground Sparrow, stripe-headed Spoonbill, roseate (Xt) Stilt, black-necked Stork, wood (Ra,Xt) Swallow, barn Swallow, northern rough-winged Thrasher, curve-billed Thrush, orange-billed nightingale Towhee, canyon Vireo, golden Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, yellow Woodpecker, golden fronted Wren Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, spotted
Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina/El Bajio At - Trails above Ajijic Av - Ajijic village Ca - Lake Cajititlan Ch - Chapala 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 & canyon Sa - San Antonio/Chula Vista Sc - San Juan Cosala Tz - Tizapan canyon Te - San Juan Tecomatlan/Mezcala Tr - Las Trojes/oak forest Tu - Tuxcueca canyon Xt - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas