Friday, July 6, 2012

FW: Lake Chapala Birding News

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders July 3, 2012

83 Species Last Month
Greenish Elaenia
Upcoming Bird Walks & Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
June List

Lake Chapala Birders

Observadores de Aves del Lago de Chapala

Your hosts
John and Rosemary Keeling

John & Rosemary

If you have reports of interesting bird sightings near Lake Chapala, or need information about birding around the lake, email us at:
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
  • greenish elaenia
    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.

  • June List

  • Here are the 83 species observed in June around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove billed
    Becard, rose-throated (At)
    Blackbird, red-winged
    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
    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

    Location codes:

    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