Thursday, July 11, 2013

FW: Lake Chapala Birding News

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders July 2, 2013

103 Species Seen in June
Wood Storks
Hummingbird Festival San Miguel
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The June 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


  • 103 Species Seen in June

  • The 103 species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter. There were a number of interesting sightings:

    John Keeling and Robert Taylor went with a visiting birder to Lake Cajititlan in mid-June and saw an unusual assortment of species: two Roseate Spoonbills, two Brown Pelicans, one American White Pelican, seven Fulvous Whistling Ducks and a hundred Ruddy Ducks. Lake Cajititlan has maintained its water level much more than other dams in our area and is attracting birds as a result.

    At the Pumping Station John saw chicks of Black-necked Stilts with adults, in addition to the chicks of American Avocets seen in May.

    John and Rosemary and Gail Madison went round the Rosa Amarilla circuit finding 30 white pelicans and 100 wood storks - the largest number of wood storks we have seen around Lake Chapala.

  • Wood Storks
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    Wood Storks as seen at Rosa Amarilla in June.

  • Hummingbird Festival San Miguel

  • The first International Hummingbird Festival is being presented September 6-8 in San Miguel de Allende. There will be three days of bird trips, presentations by international speakers and workshops. For more details paste the following URL in a new window:

  • Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips

  • On Wednesday July 17 we wiil hike the lower oak forest trail at Las Trojes. Meet at 8.00 a.m. at Donas Donuts to carpool, departing right away. It is an easy forest trail, 3 hours out, 90 minutes back. Bring snacks, drinks and sandwiches. We will be back in Ajijic by 4.00 p.m. Expect a pleasant hike and perhaps a few interesting birds. If you plan on coming email John at indicating whether or not you can bring a vehicle.

    On Tuesday July 23 we will go to Tapalpa following a new route. Meet at 8.00 a.m. at Donas Donuts to carpool, departing right away. We will have lunch in the village of Tapalpa and will be back in Ajijic by 5.00 p.m. If you plan on coming email John at indicating whether or not you can bring a vehicle,

    On Monday July 29, we will meet at 8.30 a.m. at the Pumping Station to bird the shoreline and the fields. We will visit the egret nesting island and may see Black-backed Oriole and White-tailed Kite. At about 10.15 we will head for Las Delicias for breakfast and complete the bird list.
    To Get There: Take the shore road east from Chapala past Santa Cruz. Take the very first dirt road on the right after the sign 'Aqueducto' at the pumping station; at the next T-junction turn left, and park at the next intersection.

  • Bird Walk and Trip Reports

  • On June 6, ten people turned up to observe the whirring wings of a hundred hummingbirds at Flossies in Ajijic. They were rewarded with sightiings of both male and female Sparkling-tailed and also White- Eared, in addition to the basic 'three': Violet-crowned, Broad-billed and Beryllline Hummingbirds.

    On June 12, a dedicated group of seven birders patrolled the streets of lower La Floresta, observing Gray Silky Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-backed Oriole, Black-vented Oriole and Yellow warbler, with a total of 38 speicies.

  • The June List

  • Here are the 103 species observed in June around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove-billed
    Avocet, American (Cs)
    Blackbird, red-winged (Ra)
    Bluebird, eastern (Ra)
    Chat, yellow-breasted
    Coot, American
    Cormorant, neotropic
    Cowbird, bronzed
    Cuckoo, squirrel
    Dove, common ground
    Dove, Eurasian collared (Ch)
    Dove, Inca
    Dove, white-tipped
    Dove, white-winged
    Duck, black-bellied whistling (Ra)
    Duck, fulvous whistling (Ca)
    Duck, Mexican
    Duck, ruddy (Ca,Ra)
    Egret, cattle
    Egret, great
    Egret, snowy
    Euphonia, elegant
    Finch, house
    Flycatcher, ash-throated
    Flycatcher, buff-breasted (Tr)
    Flycatcher, dusky-capped
    Flycatcher, gray silky
    Flycatcher, Nutting's (Ac)
    Flycatcher, social
    Flycatcher, vermilion
    Gallinule, common
    Goldfinch, lesser
    Grackle, great-tailed
    Grassquit, blue-black (Ca)
    Grebe, least (Ca,Ra)
    Grebe, pied-billed (Ra)
    Grosbeak, blue
    Gull, laughing (Ca)
    Hawk, Cooper's
    Hawk, red-tailed (Ra)
    Heron, black-crowned night
    Heron, green (Ca)
    Heron, tri-colored
    Hummingbird, berylline
    Hummingbird, broad-billed
    Hummingbird, magnificent
    Hummingbird, ruby-throated (Sn)
    Hummingbird, rufous (Av)
    Hummingbird, sparkling-tailed (Av)
    Hummingbird, violet-crowned
    Hummingbird, white-eared (Av)
    Ibis, white-faced
    Jacana, northern
    Kingbird, Cassin's
    Kingbird, tropical
    Kiskadee, great
    Kite, white-tailed
    Meadowlark, eastern (Ra)
    Mockingbird, blue
    Mockingbird, northern (Ra)
    Motmot, russet-crowned
    Oriole, black-vented
    Oriole, streak-backed
    Pelican, American white (Ca,Ra)
    Pelican, brown (Ca)
    Pewee, greater (Ca)
    Pewee, western wood
    Pigeon, rock
    Robin, American (Tr)
    Robin, rufous-backed
    Seedeater, white-collared
    Shrike, loggerhead
    Solitaire, brown-backed (Tr)
    Sparrow, Botteri's (Ra)
    Sparrow, chipping (Tr)
    Sparrow, house
    Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
    Sparrow, stripe-headed
    Spoonbill, roseate (Ca)
    Stilt, black-necked
    Stork, wood (Ra)
    Swallow, barn
    Swallow, northern rough-winged
    Tanager, hepatic (Tr)
    Thrasher, curve-billed
    Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
    Towhee, canyon
    Tyrannulet, northern beardless
    Vireo, golden
    Vireo, plumbeous
    Vireo, warbling
    Vulture, black
    Vulture, Turkey
    Warbler, rufous-capped
    Warbler, yellow (Av)
    Woodpecker, golden-fronted
    Woodpecker, ladder-backed
    Wren, Bewick's
    Wren, canyon
    Wren, spotted
    Yellowthroat, common (Ca)

    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 MalteraƱa
    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
    Sn - San Nicholas/Golf Club
    Tz - Tizapan canyon
    Te - San Juan Tecomatlan/Mezcala
    Tr - Las Trojes/oak forest
    Tu - Tuxcueca canyon
    Xt - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas