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
The 134 species observed around the Lake last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.
Monk Parakeets in Ajijic
The Monk Parakeets (escapees) seen lately near the pier can now be observed attempting to build a nest in a tall fan palm in the garden behind the Old Posada. This is the only parrot species in the world that constructs a nest - and it is large!
Also, a group of red-lored parrrots have been seen lately in San Antonio Tlayacapan and Riberas del Pilar. Pelican from North Dakota
Local photographer Xill Fessenden photographed an American White Pelican with bands on its legs on the south shore of the lake (see photo below). On investigation, she discovered that it it was banded as a young bird last July at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota, 1,800 miles north of here.
Banded American White Pelican at Petatan
This American White Pelican, with a band on each leg, hatched in North Dakota, was seen at Petatan on the south side of the lake in January - photo by Xill Fessenden
Outstanding Video of Local Birds
You are in for a treat if you look at this YouTube video http://youtu.be/fnyQych3z5A (you may need to paste this into your address bar). It is a 15-minute slide-show video showing multiple shots of over 70 species of birds seen locally aroung Lake Chapala prepared by our local bird photographer Paul Hart. The shots are fabulous.
Upcoming Bird Walks
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 Tuesday April 8 at 8.00 a.m. we will meet at the Jocotepec Malecon Park to observe birds below the pier and in the tall trees of the park, such as northern jacana, tri-colored heron, Eurasian collared dove, and yellow warbler. At about 10 we will head for breakfast at Fonda Dona Lola to complete the bird list. How to Get There: Taking the carretera to Jocotepec from Ajijic, you will pass the exit for the Jocotepec bypass, then the road curves to the left, you encounter serious topes, then the road cuves to the right with an OXXO on the left. You must exit left at the beginning or the end of this curve, and then proceed to the shoreline. Park your car near the pier.
On Monday April 21 we will meet at 8.00 a.m. at Donas Donuts to carpool, leaving immediately for Tapalpa. It is an hour's drive to the edge of the plateau, then we will bird from 9.00 to 12.30 and go to the village of Tapalpa for lunch. We hope to see higher altitude birds such as Transvolcanic Jay, Slate-throated Redstart, Crested Caracara, and Olive Warbler. Expect to be back to Ajijic by about 5.00 p.m. Bring snacks and liquids to keep you going in the morning.
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On March 10, we had 13 birders out at the Cajititlan Marsh where we observed Least Grebe, American Avocet, Marsh Wren, Rufous Hummingbird, and a single Brown Pelican. The total count was 45 species.
On March 19, ten of us met at El Bajio and were able to see fifty nine different species including an Osprey, Western Tanager, Elegant Euphonia, Cooper's Hawk and a pair of Bushtits putting the finishing touches on a nest which was like an eight-inch elastic green sock with an entrance on the side near the top of the sock.
On March 28, two carloads of people birded the Rosa Amarilla Loop managing to sight 60 species, among them: Eastern Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird, Pied-billed Grebe, White-tailed Hawk, Cliff Swallow and Wood Stork.
Mid-month, five of us made a 2-day Colima Volcano Trip, departing at 6.00 a.m., spending the first morning on the north side of the inactive peak where we saw Mexican Chickadee, Slate-throated Redstart, Red Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Collared Towhee and Yellow-eyed Junco. The second morning was spent exploring the south side of the active peak where we observed West Mexican Chachalaca, Lilac-crowned Parrot, White-eared Hummingbird, Golden Vireo and Golden-cheecked Woodpecker.
The March List
Here are the 134 species observed in March around Lake Chapala:
Ani, groove-billed Avocet, American (Ca) Blackbird, red-winged (Ra) Blackbird, yellow-headed Bluebird, eastern (Ra) Bunting, indigo Bunting, lazuli Bunting, painted Bunting, varied Bushtit Caracara, crested (Ra) Chat, yellow-breasted Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cowbird, brown-headed Cuckoo, squirrel Dove, Eurasian collared (Ch) Dove, Inca Dove, white-tipped Dove, white-winged Dowitcher, long-billed Duck, Mexican Duck, ruddy (Ca,Ra) Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret, snowy Euphonia, elegant (Ac) Finch, house Flycatcher, ash-throated Flycatcher, cordilleran Flycatcher, dusky-capped Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gadwall Gallinule, common Gnatcatcher, blue-gray Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grebe, least (Ca,Ra) Grebe, pied-billed (Ra) Grosbeak, black-headed Grosbeak, blue Gull, laughing Gull, ring-billed Hawk, Cooper's (Ac) Hawk, red-tailed Hawk, white-tailed (Ra) Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great blue Heron, green Heron, tri-colored Hummingbird, berylline Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, rufous (Ca) Hummingbird, violet-crowned Ibis, white-faced Jacana, northern Kestrel, American Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, thick-billed Kingbird, tropical Kingfisher, belted (Ra) Kiskadee, great Meadowlark, eastern Merlin (Ac) Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern (Ra) Nightjar, buff-collared Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, hooded Oriole, streak-backed Osprey (Ac) Owl, great-horned (Sc) Pelican, American white Pelican, brown (Ca) Phoebe, black Pigeon, rock Pipit, American Raven, common Roadrunner, lesser Robin, rufous-backed Sandpiper, least Sandpiper, spotted Seedeater, white-collared Shoveler, northern Shrike, loggerhead Sora Sparrow, clay-colored Sparrow, house Sparrow, lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground Sparrow, stripe-headed Stilt, black-necked Stork, wood (Ra) Swallow, barn Swallow, cliff (Ra, Jo) Swallow, northern rough-winged Swallow, tree Tanager, western (Ac,Ra) Teal, blue-winged Teal, cinnamon Teal, green-winged Tern, Caspian Tern, Forster's (Ch) Thrasher, curve-billed Towhee, canyon Vireo, plumbeous Vireo, warbling Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, black and white Warbler, black-throated gray Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Nashville Warbler, orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, yellow Warbler, yellow-rumped Wigeon, American Willet Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren, Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, house Wren, marsh (Ca) Wren, spotted Yellowlegs, greater Yellowthroat, common
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