Thursday, May 2, 2013

FW: Lake Chapala Birding News

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders May 2, 2013

Two New Species for Lake Chapala
Elegant Trogon
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The March 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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  • Two New Species for Lake Chapala

  • Last month two new species were sighted by our top local birders. John Roynon saw a female Elegant Trogon on the trails to the Tepalo Waterfall. This bird had the tell-tale white bar beside the eye, which is not seen on other trogons. It was not so long ago that he saw a female Mountain Trogon on the same trail. Well done John.

    Both trogon species are resident in our area and along the Western Sierra Madre range.

    In April Don Bell saw a Common Nightjar coming through on migration. This bird winters in South America and breeds in North America.

    Another unusual species was a Ferruginous Pygmy owl heard by John Keeling in the trees behind the Old Posada in Ajijic.

    This is the time of year when we hear different bird songs from the winter, because many birds sing only in the breeding season from March to July

    The 133 species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.

  • Elegant Trogon
  • El. Trogon
    Female Elegant Trogon as seen in April on the Tepalo Trail above Ajijic.

  • Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips

  • On Tuesday May 21, at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at La Cristina on the West side of Ajijic. Expect to see some shore birds and birds nesting in the trees and bushes. At about 10.00 we will go to Fonda Doña Lola for breakfast and complete the list.
    To Get There: From Ajijic go about 2 miles west. Turn left to the lake when you see the signs for Las Palmas and Hacienda La Cristina side by side. Take the La Cristina road and park near the lake.

    On Wednesday May 29, at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at Donas Donuts to carpool, leaving immediately for the the Rosa Amarilla loop on the plateau on the south side of the lake. Bring snacks and possibly sandwiches for lunch. We will be back in Ajijic by 1.30 p.m. If you want to go, please let John Keeling know whether or not you will have a car (

  • Bird Walk and Trip Reports

  • On April 8, eight keen birders turned up at the Jocotepec malecon. We managed to see Eurasian collared dove, common gallinule, northern jacana, greater pewee and white-collared seedeater among the 51 species observed.

    On April 16, six of us took off to Rancho El Venado on the Rio Verde canyon. We swam in the hot water pools and got in some great birding in a small patch at the bottom of the canyon. Sightings included Mexican parrotlet, squirrel cuckoo, black-throated magpie-jay, merlin, elegant trogon, and brown-backed solittaire (heard), for a total of 55 apecies, including 12 new species for the Rio Verde.

  • The March List

  • Here are the 133 species observed in April around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove billed
    Avocet, American (Ra)
    Becard, rose-throated
    Blackbird, yellow headed
    Bunting, indigo
    Bunting, varied
    Caracara, crested
    Chat, yellow-breasted
    Coot, American
    Cormorant, neotropic
    Cowbird, bronzed
    Cowbird, brown-headed
    Cuckoo, squirrel
    Dove, Eurasian collared
    Dove, Inca
    Dove, white-tipped
    Dove, white-winged
    Dowitcher, long-billed
    Duck, black-bellied whistling (Ca)
    Duck, Mexican
    Duck, ruddy (Ra)
    Egret, cattle
    Egret, great
    Egret, snowy
    Elaenia, greenish (At)
    Finch, house
    Flycatcher, ash-throated
    Flycatcher, cordilleran
    Flycatcher, dusky-capped
    Flycatcher, gray silky (Av)
    Flycatcher, least
    Flycatcher, Nuttings
    Flycatcher, social
    Flycatcher, vermilion
    Gallinule, common
    Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
    Goldfinch, lesser
    Grackle, great-tailed
    Grebe, least
    Grosbeak, black-headed
    Grosbeak, blue
    Gull, ring-billed
    Hawk, red-tailed
    Heron, black-crowned night
    Heron, great blue
    Heron, green (Dm)
    Heron, tri-colored
    Hummingbird, berylline
    Hummingbird, broad-billed
    Hummingbird, violet-crowned
    Ibis, white-faced
    Jacana, northern
    Kestrel, American
    Kingbird, Cassin's
    Kingbird, thick-billed
    Kingbird, tropical
    Kiskadee, great
    Kite, white-tailed (Dp)
    Meadowlark, eastern (Ra)
    Mockingbird, blue
    Mockingbird, northern (Ra)
    Motmot, russet-crowned
    Nighthawk, common (Ac)
    Nightjar, buff-collared
    Oriole, black-backed
    Oriole, black-vented
    Oriole, Bullock's
    Oriole, hooded
    Oriole, orchard
    Oriole, streak-backed
    Owl, ferruginous pygmy (Av)
    Parula, tropical (Tz)
    Pelican, American white
    Pelican, brown (Ca)
    Pewee, greater
    Pigeon, rock
    Plover, semipalmated
    Raven, common
    Robin, rufous-backed
    Sandpiper, least
    Sandpiper, spotted
    Seedeater, white-collared
    Shoveler, northern
    Shrike, loggerhead
    Solitaire, brown-backed (Tz)
    Sparrow, chipping
    Sparrow, house
    Sparrow, lark
    Sparrow, Lincoln's
    Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
    Sparrow, stripe-headed
    Spoonbill, roseate (Ra)
    Stilt, black-necked
    Stork, wood (Ra)
    Swallow, barn
    Swallow, cliff
    Swallow, northern rough-winged
    Swallow, tree
    Tanager, hepatic
    Tanager, western
    Teal, green-winged
    Tern, Caspian
    Thrasher, curve-billed
    Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
    Towhee, canyon
    Trogon, elegant (Av)
    Vireo, Cassin's
    Vireo, golden (At)
    Vireo, plumbeous
    Vireo, warbling
    Vulture, black
    Vulture, turkey
    Warbler, black and white
    Warbler, black-throated gray
    Warbler, MacGillivray's
    Warbler, Nashville
    Warbler, rufous-capped
    Warbler, Virginia's
    Warbler, Wilson's
    Warbler, yellow
    Warbler, yellow-rumped
    Woodpecker, golden-fronted
    Woodpecker, ladder-backed
    Wren, Bewick's
    Wren, canyon
    Wren, happy
    Wren, marsh (Ca)
    Wren, spotted
    Yellowlegs, greater
    Yellowthroat, common

    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
    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