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
98 Species Seen in September
The species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.
Interesting sightings included the pair of Peregrine Falcons at Lake Cajititlan mentioned in the bird walk report below.
John and Rosemary went round the lake mid-month and rediscovered the small nesting colony of Monk Parakeets. These were observed two years ago, but the ID was unclear. This time the communal nest was clearly visible. Monk Parakeets are the only parrot to make a nest (the rest use holes in trees). This species used to be exported in vast quantities from Argentina. They now occur in breeding colonies throughout southern Florida as well as the the parks of major cities in Europe and North America.
Feral Monk Parakeet as seen at Maltarana in September.
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
On Monday October 14, we will meet at the trail head of the Riberas Canyon at 8.00 a.m. This will be a hike, at times rocky, to a small dam and to a lookout point. There is a fair chance we will see a squirrel cuckoo. At about 10.00 we will head for Mom's for breakfast. How to Get There: Go to the east end of Riberas del Pilar. Turn uphill on the easternmost street. Follow it to the end, and park.
On Wednesday, October 30, we will meet at El Bajio at 8.00 a.m. Expect to see a good selection of orioles, warblers and shorebirds. At about 10.00 we will go to Fonda Dona Lola for breakfast and to complete the bird list. How to Get There: Drive about 2 miles (4km) west from Ajijic and look for the sign to El Bajio. (It is just east of the roads to Las Palmas and La Cristina). Exit and park on the road parallel to the carretera.
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On September 10, we had 12 birders out to scour the shore and explore the usually productive overgrown field at La Cristina. We saw ring-billed gull just returned from the north, blue mockingbird, elegant euphonia, gray silky flycatcher and rusty-crowned ground sparrow.
On September 18, eight birders joined us at Lake Cajitlan. The big sighting was a pair of peregine falcons at the marsh - it will be interesting to see if they stick around - they will if there's a good supply of small birds to catch. Also observed were Osprey, Crested Caracara, least bittern and twenty wood storks.
On September 30, 13 of us travelled to the Sierra de Tapalpa. High points were feeling the sun burn through the low clouds, revealing birds like the colorful collared towhee with its green body and black and white collar, bushtit, western tanager, hermit warbler and acorn woodpecker.
The September List
Here are the 98 species observed in September around Lake Chapala:
Ani, groove-billed Bittern, least (Ca) Blackbird, red-winged Blackbird, yellow-headed Bluebird, eastern Bobwhite, northern (Cs) Bushtit Caracara, crested Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cuckoo, squirrel (Rp) Dove, Eurasian collared (Ch) Dove, Inca Dove, white-tipped Duck, fulvous whistling Duck, Mexican Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret, snowy Euphonia, elegant Falcon, peregrine (Ca) Finch, house Flycatcher, dusky-capped Flycatcher, gray silky Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gallinule, common Gallinule, purple (Cs) Gnatcatcher, blue-gray Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grebe, least Grosbeak, blue Gull, laughing Gull, ring-billed Hawk, Cooper's (Cs) Hawk, red-tailed Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great-blue Heron, green Heron, tri-colored Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, rufous (Ra) Hummingbird, violet-crowned Ibis, white-faced Jacana, northern Kestrel, American Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, thick-billed (Aj) Kingbird, tropical Kiskadee, great Mockingbird, blue Motmot, russet-crowned Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, hooded Oriole, orchard Oriole, streak-backed Osprey (Ca) Owl, great horned (Sc) Parakeet, monk (feral) (Dm) Pelican, American white Pelican, brown (Ch) Pewee, greater Phalarope, Wilson's (Ra) Pigeon, rock Raven, common (Ra) Robin, rufous-backed Sandpiper, least Sandpiper, spotted Seedeater, white-collared Shrike, loggerhead Sparrow, house Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground Sparrow, stripe-headed Spoonbill, roseate (Pe) Swallow, barn Swallow, northern rough-winged Tanager, western Tern, Caspian Thrasher, curve-billed Thrush, orange-billed nightingale Towhee, canyon Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, black-throated gray Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, yellow-rumped Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren, Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, spotted Yellowthroat, common Yellowthroat, gray-crowned (Ra)
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 & coast 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