Monday, November 4, 2013

Birding Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders Nov. 2, 2013

101 Species Seen in October
Tropical Parula
Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The October 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


  • 101 Species Seen in October

  • The species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.

    Interesting sightings included Brown Pelican which we see on the lake from time to time, Cliff Swallow and Zone-tailed Hawk seen by Don Bell.

    John and Rosemary went with Brian and Lois Lewis to check out the Rosa Amarilla Loop, spotting two beautiful adult and three immature White-tailed Hawks.

    Mid-month Brian and Lois Lewis went with Don Bell to explore Mexcala and San Pedro Itzican where they found Tropical Parula, which we see only occasionally. This species is resident here, and also occurs throughout much of Latin America.

    Annual Christmas Bird Count in December
    The Ajijic Area Christmas Bird Count will be held on Monday December 16. Please mark this on your calendar. Sign up instructions will be given in the December Newsletter.

    Keen birders will want to also take part in the official Bird Count at the other end of the lake scheduled for Wednesday, December 18.

  • Tropical Parula

  • Tropical Parula as seen near Mezcala in October.

  • Upcoming Bird Walks and Trips

  • Our birdwalks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars and show up. We always have knowledgable birders on hand to identify the species.

    On Friday November 8, we will meet at 8.15 a.m. at the Jocotepec Malecon Park. We expect to see a good variety of shore birds from the pier and arboreal birds in the park.
    How to Get There: From Ajijic as you approach Jocotepec you enter an 'S' bend at the end of which is an OXXO where you must turn left. Proceed to the lakeshore and park in the parking lot.

    On Monday November 18, we will meet at the Pumping Station at 8.15 a.m. We will see shore birds and a good selection of field and scrub birds. At about 10.15 we will head to Las Delicias for breakfast and prepare the bird list.
    How to Get There: Drive from Chapala towards the country club. After passing the village of Santa Cruz, look for the grey domes of the pumping station with the sign 'aqueducto' on your right. Immediately after it take the first semi-hidden gravel road on the right. At the "T" junction turn left, and at the next intersection park your vehicle.

  • Bird Walk and Trip Reports

  • On October 14, the group went up the Riberas Ravine. The weather was cloudy and the birding was disappointing. Species sighted included pied-billed grebe on the reservoir at the top of the ravine, streak-backed oriole and black-throated gray warbler.

    On October 30, the group walked the El Bajio road. Under mainly cloudy skies the birding was better. A total of 44 species were observed including bushtit, Forster's tern, Caspian tern, Nashville warbler, blue-gray gnatcatcher and red-tailed hawk.

  • The October List

  • Here are the 101 species observed in October around Lake Chapala:

    Ani, groove-billed
    Avocet, American
    Becard, rose-throated (Ac)
    Blackbird, yellow-headed (Ca,Ra)
    Bunting, painted (Ac)
    Caracara, crested
    Chat, yellow-breasted
    Coot, America
    Cormorant, neotropic
    Cowbird, bronzed
    Cowbird, brown-headed
    Cuckoo, squirrel (Rp)
    Dove, Inca
    Dove, white-tipped
    Dove, white-winged
    Duck, Mexican
    Duck, ruddy
    Egret, cattle
    Egret, great
    Egret, snowy
    Finch, house
    Flycatcher, ash-throated
    Flycatcher, cordilleran
    Flycatcher, dusky-capped
    Flycatcher, gray silky (Ac)
    Flycatcher, least
    Flycatcher, social
    Flycatcher, vermillion
    Gallinule, common
    Gallinule, purple (Cs)
    Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
    Goldfinch, lesser
    Grackle, great-tailed
    Grebe, pied-billed
    Grosbeak, black-headed
    Grosbeak, blue
    Gull, laughing
    Gull, ring-billed
    Hawk, Cooper's
    Hawk, red-tailed
    Hawk, white-tailed
    Hawk, zone-tailed (Ac)
    Heron, black-crowned night
    Heron, great blue
    Heron, tri-colored
    Hummingbird, broad-billed
    Hummingbird, violet-crowned
    Ibis, white-faced
    Kestrel, American
    Kingbird, Cassin's
    Kingbird, thick-billed
    Kingbird, tropical
    Kingfisher, belted (Sn,Ra)
    Kiskadee, great
    Meadowlark, eastern (Ra)
    Mockingbird, blue
    Mockingbird, northern
    Oriole, black-backed
    Oriole, black-vented
    Oriole, hooded
    Oriole, orchard (Ac)
    Oriole, streak-backed
    Pelican, American white
    Pelican, brown (Ac)
    Pewee, greater
    Pigeon, rock
    Raven, common
    Robin, rufous-backed
    Sandpiper, spotted
    Seedeater, white-collared
    Shrike, loggerhead
    Sparrow, house
    Sparrow, lark
    Sparrow, stripe-headed
    Swallow, barn
    Swallow, cliff (Ac)
    Swallow, northern rough-winged
    Swallow, tree
    Tanager, western (Sa)
    Tern, Caspian
    Tern, Forster's (Ac)
    Thrasher, curve-billed
    Towhee, canyon
    Vireo, Cassin's (Ac)
    Vireo, plumbeous
    Vulture, black
    Vulture, turkey
    Warbler, black and white
    Warbler, black-throated gray
    Warbler, Lucy's (Ac)
    Warbler, Nashville
    Warbler, Wilson's
    Warbler, yellow-rumped
    Woodpecker, golden-fronted
    Woodpecker, ladder-backed
    Wren, Bewick's
    Wren, canyon
    Wren, spotted

    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 area
    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