Wednesday, December 5, 2012

FW: Lake Chapala Birding News

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders Dec. 3, 2012

142 species seen in November
Christmas Bird Counts
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The November 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


  • 142 species seen in November

  • The 142 species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.

    A rare sighting was a Sanderling spotted during the last bird walk at the pumping station. This is a migratory bird that usually sticks close to the coasts, but is seen inland on rivers and lakes from time to time.

    Don't forget to register for the Ajijic Christmas Bird Count coming up very soon. (See details below).

  • Sanderling
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    Sanderling seen at the Pumping Station

  • Christmas Bird Counts

  • The seventh Ajijic Christmas Bird Count will be held on Friday December 14. We usually set up six teams to cover the territory within our official 15 mile-diameter circle. Everyone is welcome to help with the counting and recording of the species and the number of each species seen, and also to attend the counting celebration dinner at 6.00 pm the same day. Please arrange to pre-register for the count between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm Wednesday Dec. 12 at John Keeling's (Villas del Tepalo, Villa 46, 766-1801). (Drive uphill from Donas Donuts, fork half right in front of Min Wah Restaurant, continue uphill, turn in at Callejon al Tepalo 140, on the right opposite the school.)

    The "Cienega Christmas Bird Count" at the other end of the lake will be held on Monday December 17. This is an all day affair that attracts the serious birders. For more information ask John.

  • Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips

  • Friday December 7 at 8.00 am we will meet at El Bajio. Expect to see various ducks and warblers. At 10.00 we will go to Fonda Doña Lola for breakfast and complete the bird list.
    To Get There: From Ajijic drive west about 2 mi. and look for the sign "El Bajio". Park on the section of road that parallels the carretera.

    Thursday December 27, we will leave Donas Donuts at 8.00 am to drive to Tapalpa. We will bird on the plateau until 1.00, and then have lunch in the village of Tapalpa. If you want to go please phone John 766-1801 so we can set up shared rides. Expect to return by 5.00 pm.

  • Bird Walk and Trip Reports

  • November 7, five people took part in the birding-kayaking voyage along the shoreline from Ajijic to San Antonio. Good views were obtained of the common shore birds.

    November 19-23, four birders travelled to San Blas for three days of intensive birding with professional bird guides. They managed to observe 171 different species including Northern Potoo, Reddish Egret, Green Jay, Grayish Saltator, and both of the strikingly colored Woodpeckers - Lineated and Pale-billed.

    November 29, we had seven birders out at the Pumping Station managing to sight 53 species. The most interesting were the Sanderling, Osprey, American Pipit and Semipalmated Plover.

  • The November List

  • Here are the 142 species observed in November around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove-billed
    Avocet, American
    Blackbird, red-winged (Ra,Cs)
    Black-bird, yellow-headed (Ra)
    Bunting, indigo
    Bunting, painted
    Bunting, varied
    Canvasback (Ra)
    Caracara, crested
    Chat, yellow-breasted
    Coot, American
    Cormorant, neotropic
    Cowbird, bronzed
    Cowbird, brown-headed
    Dove, Inca
    Dove, white-winged
    Dove, white-tipped
    Duck, Mexican
    Duck, Ruddy
    Egret, cattle
    Egret, great
    Egret, snowy
    Falcon, peregrine
    Finch, house
    Flycatcher, Cordilleran
    Flycatcher, dusky-capped
    Flycatcher, gray silky
    Flycatcher, least
    Flycatcher, social
    Flycatcher, vermillion
    Gallinule, common
    Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
    Goldfinch, lesser
    Grackle, great-tailed
    Grebe, pied-billed
    Grebe, western (Ra)
    Grosbeak, black-headed
    Grosbeak, blue
    Gull, Bonaparte's
    Gull, laughing
    Gull, ring-billed
    Harrier, northern
    Hawk, red-tailed
    Hawk, white-tailed
    Heron, black-crowned night
    Heron, great-blue
    Heron, green
    Heron, tri-colored
    Hummingbird, Berylline
    Hummingbird, broad-billed
    Hummingbird, rufous
    Hummingbird, violet-crowned
    Ibis, white-faced
    Jacana, northern
    Kestrel, American
    Kingbird, Cassin's
    Kingbird, thick-billed
    Kingbird, tropical
    Kingbird, western (Ac)
    Kingfisher, belted (Ra)
    Kiskadee, great
    Kite, white-tailed (Sc)
    Meadowlark, eastern (Ra,Cs)
    Merlin (Ac)
    Mockingbird, blue
    Mocking, northern
    Motmot, russet-crowned
    Oriole, black-backed
    Oriole, black-vented
    Oriole, Bullock's
    Oriole, hooded
    Oriole, streak-backed
    Osprey (Cs)
    Owl, great-horned
    Pelican, American white
    Phainopepla (Ac)
    Phoebe, Say's
    Pigeon, rock
    Pintail, northern (Ra)
    Pipit, American (Cs)
    Plover, semi-palmated
    Raven, common
    Redstart, American
    Robin, rufous-backed
    Sandpiper, least
    Sandpiper, spotted
    Scaup, lesser
    Seedeater, white-collared
    Shoveler, northern
    Shrike, loggerhead
    Sparrow, Botteri's
    Sparrow, clay-colored
    Sparrow, house
    Sparrow, lark
    Sparrow, Lincoln's
    Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
    Sparrow, song
    Sparrow, stripe-headed
    Stilt, black-necked
    Stork, wood (Ra)
    Swallow, barn
    Swallow, northern rough-winged
    Swallow, tree
    Swallow, violet-green
    Tanager, western
    Teal, blue-winged
    Teal, cinnamon
    Teal, green-winged
    Tern, Caspian
    Tern, Forster's (Ac)
    Thrasher, curve-billed
    Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
    Towhee, canyon
    Violetear, green
    Vireo, warbling
    Vulture, black
    Vulture, turkey
    Warbler, black and white
    Warbler, black-throated gray
    Warbler, Lucy's
    Warbler, MacGillivray's
    Warbler, Nashville
    Warbler, Townsend's
    Warbler, Virginia's
    Warbler, Wilson's
    Warbler, yellow
    Warbler, yellow-rumped
    Wigeon, American
    Woodpecker, golden-fronted
    Woodpecker, ladder-backed
    Wren, Bewick's
    Wren, canyon
    Wren, house
    Wren, marsh
    Wren, spotted
    Yellowlegs, greater
    Yellowlegs, lesser
    Yellowthroat, gray-crowned

    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