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
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 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: http://festivalinternacionaldelcolibri.eventbrite.com/?ref=eweb%22%3EFestival
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 chapalabirders.org 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 chapalabirders.org 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) Bushtit 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 Killdeer 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)
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 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