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Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders Oct. 2, 2013

98 Species Seen in September
Monk Parakeet
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The September List

Lake Chapala Birders

Observadores de Aves del Lago de Chapala

Your hosts
John and Rosemary Keeling
John & Rosemary

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  • 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.

  • Monk Parakeet
  • Monk Parakeet
    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)
    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
    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)

    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 & 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