Wednesday, September 5, 2012

FW: Lake Chapala Birding News

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders Sept 3, 2012

78 Species Seen Last Month
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Upcoming Bird Walks & Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The August 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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  • 78 Species Seen Last Month

  • In August a total of 78 species were observed around Lake Chapala. (See the full list below).

    At the beginning of August John observed two brown birds in the tree outside his office window. One had the heavy beak of a bronzed cowbird. The other one, half the size, came back to feed it a caterpillar. The second bird turned out to be a spotted wren. It usual for cowbirds to lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.

    The migrants are beginning to return after breeding up north. We have seen returning gulls, including a Bonaparte's Gull (less than half the size of the other gulls we see here) on a spit at the Pumping Station. We have also observed a Black-throated Gray Warbler on its journey south in pines at Mazamitla, just south of the lake area.

  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
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    Black-throated Gray Warbler, seen at Mazamitla, is the first warbler species to arrive here in the fall.

  • Upcoming Bird Walks & Trips

  • On Friday, September 7 at 8.15 a.m we will meet at the Pumping Station. We expect to see a selection of gulls, terns and herons, as well as field birds. At about 10.15 we will head for Las Delicias for breakfast and complete the bird list.
    How to get there: Take the lakeshore road east from Chapala. After passing the airstrip, the water ski center and Santa Cruz look out for the three gray pump towers of the Pumping Station. Take the hidden gravel road on the right between the station and the new Don Emilio restaurant. After half a mile turn left at the T junction, take the next right towards the lake and if the track is passable, drive closer to the lake.

    On Wednesday, September 19 at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at La Christina. We will see both shore birds and birds of trees and hedges. At about 10 we head for Doña Lola for breakfast.
    How to Get There: Take the carretera west from Ajijic about 2 miles, turn left at the sign to Hacienda La Christina (beside the road to Las Palmas); park at the side of the road near the lake.

    Everyone is welcome on these walks - just bring binoculars.

  • Bird Walk and Trip Reports

  • On August 8, ten birders met at the Jocotepec Malecon Park. Though there are less tall trees than before due to back-filling operations, we managed to see 26 species including white-collared seedeater, spotted sandpiper, tri-colored heron, bronzed cowbird and the resident target bird, the Eurasian collared dove.

    On August 27, eight enthusiasts drove to the Rosa Amarilla Loop where we sighted thirty eight species, including eastern meadowlark, northern bobwhite, American white pelican (a group of 20 which did not go north for the summer), white-tailed hawk, and several Botteri's sparrows - this species was discovered last summer in the same area.

  • The August List

  • Here are the 78 species observed in August around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove-billed
    Blackbird, red-winged
    Blackbird, yellow-headed
    Bobwhite, northern (Ra)
    Caracara, crested
    Coot, American
    Cormorant, neotropic
    Cowbird, bronzed
    Cowbird, brown-headed
    Cuckoo, squirrel
    Dove, Eurasian collared (Jo)
    Dove, Inca
    Dove, white-tipped
    Dove, white-winged
    Duck, Mexican
    Egret, cattle
    Egret, great
    Egret, snowy
    Euphonia, elegant
    Finch, house
    Flycatcher, ash-throated
    Flycatcher, gray silky
    Flycatcher, social
    Flycatcher, vermilion
    Gallinule, common
    Goldfinch, lesser
    Grackle, great-tailed
    Grosbeak, blue
    Gull, Bonaparte's (Cs)
    Gull, laughing
    Gull, ring-billed
    Hawk, red-tailed
    Hawk, white-tailed (Ra)
    Heron, black-crowned night
    Heron, great blue
    Heron, tri-colored
    Hummingbird, berylline
    Hummingbird, black-chinned (Av)
    Hummingbird, broad-billed
    Hummingbird, magnificent
    Hummingbird, violet-crowned
    Ibis, white-faced
    Jacana, northern
    Kingbird, Cassin's
    Kingbird, tropical
    Kiskadee, great
    Mockingbird, blue
    Motmot, russet-crowned
    Oriole, black-vented
    Oriole, streak-backed
    Owl, great-horned (Av)
    Pelican, American white (Ra)
    Pewee, western wood
    Pigeon, rock
    Raven, common
    Robin, rufous-backed
    Sandpiper, spotted
    Seedeater, white-collared
    Shrike, loggerhead
    Sparrow, Botteri's (Ra)
    Sparrow, house
    Sparrow, rusty-crowned
    Sparrow, stripe-headed
    Stilt, black-necked
    Stork, wood (Ra)
    Swallow, barn
    Swallow, northern rough-winged
    Thrasher, curve-billed
    Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
    Towhee, canyon
    Vireo, golden (At)
    Vulture, black
    Woodpecker, golden-fronted
    Woodpecker, ladder-backed
    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