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
151 Species in February
The 151 species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.
Unusual sightings this month included Cliff Swallows discovered by Robert Taylor in Jocotepec actively constructing nests. These nests are identifiable by the small circular opening in an approximately spherical mud structure. These birds winter in Argentina and breed from Mexico to Alaska.
At the end of the month John and Rosemary hosted a group of visiting birders from San Miguel de Allende, showing them the Pumping Station area and El Bajio. The highlight of their visit came when one of them quietly imitated the call of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl in front of a big strangler fig tree at El Bajio. In short order there were 22 species of small birds in the tree including American Redstart and Sinaloa Wren.
For Rosemary and John it was a busy month including a trip to Tapalpa for serious photographers only, and a three-day reconnaissance trip to the Colima volcanoes.
Nest-building Cliff Swallows as seen at Jocotepec last month.
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
On Monday April 8, at 8.15 a.m. we will meet at the parking lot of the Jocotepec malecón, where we will look for Eurasian Collared Dove and look at water birds from the pier, and other birds in the tall trees. At about 10.00 we will return to Fonda Doña Lola for breakfast. To Get There: From Ajijic go to the south end of Jocotepec; after the topes turn left at the OXXO across from the Pemex. Proceed south to the parking lot.
On Tuesday April 16, at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at Donas Donuts to carpool, leaving immediately for the Rio Verde 90 minutes to the north east. We will go to El Venado where the entrance fee is 75 pesos which allows you to swim in the warm pools continuously fed by hot water coming out of the rocks above. In the canyon expect to see birds like Gila Woodpecker (not seen at Lake Chapala) and Squirrel Cuckoo. Bring bathing suits, snacks and sandwiches for lunch. We will get back around 4.00 p.m. If you plan to come, please let John Keeling know whether or not you will have a car (766-1801, email@example.com)
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On March 7, eleven of us went to Cristianía Park in Chapala seeing Blue-wing and Green-wing Teal, Northern Shoveler and Common Yellowthroat in the treated water runoff, and American Avocet and American Pipit on the shore, with a total of 51 species.
On March 15 we had two carloads of people for the Rosa Amarilla Loop seeing several Sparrow species (Lark, Chipping, Clay-colored, Savannah, Song and Stripe-headed); good views of Violet-green and Tree Swallows; as well as Wood Stork, Lesser Scaup and Gadwall for an impressive total of 73 species.
On March 27, fifteen enthusiastic birders went to El Bajio observing Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow, Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush, Gray-silky Flycatcher and Berylline Hummingbird among the total of 54 species.
The March List
Here are the 151 species observed in February around Lake Chapala:
Ani, groove-billed Avocet, American Becard, rose-throated (Ac) Blackbird, Brewer's (Ra) Blackbird, red-winged Blackbird, yellow-headed Bluebird, western (Ra) Bobwhite, northern (Cs) Bunting, indigo Bunting, lazuli (Ac) Bunting, painted (Ac) Bunting, varied Bushtit Caracara, crested Chat, yellow-breasted Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cowbird, brown-headed Cuckoo, squirrel (At) Dove, Eurasian collared (Jo) Dove, Inca Dove, mourning (Cs) Dove, white-tipped Dove, white-winged Dowitcher, long-billed Duck, Mexican Duck, ruddy Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret, snowy Elaenia, greenish (Ac) Euphonia, elegant Finch, house Flycatcher, cordilleran Flycatcher, dusky-capped Flycatcher, gray-silky Flycatcher, least Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gadwall Gallinule, common Gnatcatcher, black-tailed (Ac) Gnatcatcher, blue-gray Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grebe, pied-billed Grosbeak, black-headed Grosbeak, blue Gull, laughing Gull, ring-billed Harrier, northern Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, red-tailed Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great blue 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 Kingfisher, belted Kinglet, ruby-crowned (Ac) Kiskadee, great Meadowlark, eastern (Cs) Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern Motmot, russet-crowned Nightjar, buff-collared Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, hooded Oriole, orchard Oriole, streak-backed Pelican, American white Pewee, greater Pewee, western wood (Ac) Pigeon, rock Pipit, American (Ch) Raven, common Redstart, American (Ac) Roadrunner, lesser (At) Robin, rufous-backed Sandpiper, least Sandpiper, spotted Sandpiper, western (Cs) Scaup, lesser Seedeater, white-collared Shoveler, northern Shrike, loggerhead Sparrow, chipping Sparrow, clay-colored Sparrow, house Sparrow, lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground Sparrow, savannah Sparrow, song (Cs) Sparrow, stripe-headed Stilt, black-necked Stork, wood (Ra) Swallow, barn Swallow, cliff (Jo) Swallow, northern rough-winged Swallow, tree Swallow, violet-green Tanager, summer (Av) Tanager, western Teal, blue-winged Teal, cinnamon Teal, green-winged Tern, Caspian Tern, Forster's (Ch) Thrasher, curve-billed Thrush, orange-billed nightingale (Ac) Towhee, canyon Tyrannulet, northern beardless (Av) Vireo, black-capped (At) Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, golden (At,Cs) Vireo, plumbeous (Ac) Vireo, warbling Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, black and white Warbler, black-throated gray Warbler, Lucy's (Ac) Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Nashville Warbler, rufous-capped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, yellow Warbler, yellow-rumped Wigeon, American (Ac) Woodpecker, acorn (Hv) Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren, Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, happy Wren, Sinaloa (Ac) Wren, spotted Yellowlegs, greater
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 Ja - Jamay 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