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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 Gadwall 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 Killdeer 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 Willet Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren, Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, happy Wren, marsh (Ca) Wren, spotted Yellowlegs, greater Yellowthroat, common
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