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
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 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) Bushtit 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 Killdeer 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 Osprey 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
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 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