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
131 Species Seen in January
The species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.
Unusual species seen in January included a Zone-tailed Hawk seen circling with Turkey Vultures on the trip to Rosa Amarilla. This hawk has a wing pattern like a Turkey Vulture but has a barred tail which the vultures do not have. Eared Grebe was sighted again this month, this time at Lake Cajiitlan. Also we continue to see Peregrine Falcon at the Lake Cajititlan marsh.
A pair of Monk Parakeets are currently living in the area around the pier in Ajijic. These are escapees of course. It remains to be seen whether they will breed there.
This winter we are seeing the migrant American White Pelicans much more spread out along the shores of Lake Chapala generally, instead of being concentrated primarily at the far eastern end of the lake. This may be due to relative scarcity of reed beds at the eastern end.
Zone-tailed Hawk as seen on the Rosa Amarilla circuit in January.
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 Thursday February 6 at 8.00 a.m. we wll meet at La Cristina which is just west of Ajijic. We expect to see a variety of warblers, vireos, tanagers and orioles in the tall trees. At about 10.00 a.m. we will head to the Waffle House for breakfast to complete the list. How to Get There: From Ajijic go about 2 miles, turn left at the sign to Hacienda La Christina (very close to the road to Las Palmas). Park close to the lake.
On Wednesday Februray 12 at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at Donas Donuts to carpool, leaving immediately for the Sierra de Tapalpa. We will stop at points on the plateau from 9.00 to 12.30 and go for lunch in Tapalpa. We will be back in Ajijic about 5.00. If you plan to go please email email@example.com saying if you can provide a vehicle (to help us balance the passengers.)
On Wednesday February 19 at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at Donas Donuts to carpool, leaving immediately for the Rio Verde. We will be going to the access point where we have seen trogons but does not have hot pools for swimming. Bring sandwiches and other refreshments for lunch time. We will be back in Ajijic about 5.00. If you plan to go please email firstname.lastname@example.org saying if you can provide a vehicle (to help us balance the passengers.)
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On January 11, eleven keen birders travelled in three vehicles to the Rosa Amarilla Loop observing 52 species in all. Interesting sightings included Crested Caracara, White-tailed Hawk, and Wood Stork, An unusual sighting was a Zone-tailed Hawk seen circling with a group of Turkey Vultures. Notice in the photo above how similar the wing pattern is to a Turkey Vulture.
On January 16, we went with 14 birders to Lake Cajititlan where we managed to see Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Eared Grebe, Black-necked Stilt and Common Yellowthroat for a total of 47 species.
On January 24, a dozen birders grouped at the Jocotepec Malecon observing Northern Jacana, McGillivray's Warbler, Greater Yellowlegs and Eurasian Collared Dove for a total list of 56 species.
The January List
Here are the 131 species observed in Jnauary around Lake Chapala:
Ani, groove-billed Avocet, American (Ca) Blackbird, yellow-headed (Ca) Bunting, indigo Bunting, lazuli Bunting, varied Bushtit Caracara, crested (Ra) Chat, yellow-breasted Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cowbird, brown-headed Cuckoo, squirrel Dove, Eurasian collared (Jo) Dove, Inca Dove, white-tipped Dove, white-winged Duck, fulvous whistling Duck, Mexican Duck, ruddy (Ra) Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret, snowy Euphonia, elegant Falcon, peregrine (Ca) Finch, house Flycatcher, ash-throated Flycatcher, cordilleran Flycatcher, gray silky (Av) Flycatcher, least Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gallinule, common Gnatcatcher, blue-gray Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grebe, eared Grebe, least Grosbeak, black-headed Grosbeak, blue Gull, laughing Gull, ring-billed Harrier, northern Hawk, Cooper's (Av) Hawk, red-tailed Hawk, white-tailed (Ra) Hawk, zone-tailed (Ra) Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great blue Heron, green Heron, tri-colored Hummingbird, berylline Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, magnificent (Sa) Hummingbird, rufous Hummingbird, violet-crowned Ibis, white-faced Jacana, northern Kestrel Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, thick-billed Kingbird, tropical Kiskadee, great Meadowlark, eastern Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern Nightjar, buff-collard (Av) Oriole, black-backed (Ac,Ch) Oriole, black-vented Oriole, bullock's Oriole, hooded Oriole, streak-backed Owl, great-horned (Av) Pelican, American white Pewee, greater Pewee, western wood Pigeon, rock Raven, common Robin, rufous-backed Sandpiper, least Sandpiper, spotted Seedeater, white-collared Shoveler, northern Shrike, loggerhead Sora Sparrow, chipping Sparrow, house Sparrow, lark Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground Sparrow, song Sparrow, stripe-headed Stilt, black-necked Stork, wood (Ra,Jo) Swallow, barn Swallow, northern rough-winged Swallow, tree Tanager, summer (Av) Tanager, western Teal, blue-winged Teal, cinnamon Teal, green-winged Tern, Caspian Tern, Forster's Thrasher, curve-billed Towhee, canyon Vireo, golden Vireo, plumbeous Vireo, warbling Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, black and white Warbler, black-throated gray Warbler, McGillivray's Warbler, Nashville Warbler, orange-crowned Warbler, rufous-capped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, yellow Warbler, yellow-rumped Willet Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren, Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, happy Wren, marsh Wren, spotted Yellowlegs, greater (Jo) Yellowthroat, common (Ca,Jo)
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