Lake Chapala Birders Observadores de Aves del Lago de Chapala Your hosts John and Rosemary Keeling
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
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 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 Bushtit 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 Gadwall 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 Killdeer 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 Sanderling 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
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