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
97 Species Seen Last Month
With this edition of the newsletter we are celebrating five full years of Monthly Lake Chapala Birdlists. Our next challenge is to analyze the data - which requires first tediously entering it into a database program!
Interesting recent daylight sightings include a Barn Owl at Cajijitlan Marsh and a Great Horned Owl at Rosa Amarilla, and currently we are hearing Great Horned Owls in the village of Ajijic. Though usually Wood Storks are uncommon here, we have seen 50 at Rosa Amarilla and 100 at Cajititlan marsh.
In our garden in Ajijic we have three baby birds in a group just a few days out of the nest - one yellow-colored Oriole with two gray-colored Bronzed Cowbirds - all being assiduously fed by one or two adult Black-vented Oriole parents. This is evidence of brood parasitism.
The six Monk Parakeets (escapees) in Ajijic may be observed building a communal nest in a palm tree behind the Old Posada. The six Red-lored Amazons (Parrots) which used to nest at Six Corners in Ajijic were last seen in San Antonio in February, but we have not received any reports of where they are nesting.
The 97 species seen in the lake area last month are listed at the end of the newsletter.
Wood Stork as sighted recently at the Cajititlan Marsh.
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 knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species.
On Friday July 11, we will meet at Donas Donuts at 8.00 a.m. leaving immediately for the Sierra de Tapalpa (one hour away). We will bird until 1.00 p.m. when we will go for lunch in the village of Tapalpa. Bring morning refreshments. We expect to see higher altitude birds such as Acorn Woodpecker, Striped Sparrow, Transvolcanic Jay and American Robin. We will get back about 5.00 p.m. If you plan to join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and also indicate if you can bring a car.
On Tuesday July 22, we will meet at Donas Donuts at 8.00 a.m. leaving immediately for the Rio Verde (ninety minutes away). We will access the canyon at the site with an entrance fee (75 pesos each last time) and hot water issuing from the rocks into pools. Bring bathing suits, towels, refreshments and sandwiches. Expect to see lower altitude birds such as Gila Woodpecker, Squirrel Cuckoo, Mexican Parrotlet and Black Phoebe. We will get back about 5.00 p.m. If you plan to come please email email@example.com and indicate if you can bring a car.
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On June 12, we had a dozen keen birders out at the Cajititlan marsh where we saw about 100 Wood Storks, many of them in one tall dead tree, several Fulvous Whistling Ducks and heard a Northern Bobwhite calling. At the dock we saw Common Yellowthroat and the uncommon Least Bittern for a total of 35 species.
On June 27, we again had a dozen birders out at El Bajio. Sightings included Eurasian Collared Dove, Killdeer, Stripe-headed Sparrow and Bewick's, Canyon and Spotted Wrens, out of a total of 31 species.
The June List
Here are the 97 species observed in June around Lake Chapala:
Ani, groove-billed Avocet, American (Cs) Bittern, least (Ca) Blackbird, red-winged (Cs) Bluebird, eastern (Ra) Bobwhite, northern (Ca) Bushtit Caracara, crested Chat, yellow-breasted Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cowbird, brown-headed Cuckoo, squirrel Dove, common ground (Cs) Dove, Eurasian collared Dove, Inca Dove, mourning Dove, white-winged Duck, fulvous-whistling (Ca) Duck, Mexican Duck, ruddy Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret snowy Finch, house Flycatcher, dusky-capped Flycatcher, gray silky Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gallinule, common Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grebe, least (Ca) Grebe, western (Ca) Grosbeak, blue Gull, laughing Hawk, red-tailed Hawk, white-tailed Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great blue Heron, green Heron, tricolored Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, magnificent Hummingbird, sparkling-tailed (Av) Hummingbird, violet-crowned Ibis, white-faced Jacana, northern Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, thick-billed (Sn) Kingbird, tropical (Sn) Kiskadee, great Meadowlark, eastern Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern Motmot, russet-crowned Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, streak-backed Owl, barn (Ca) Owl, great-horned (Av, Ra) Pelican, American white Pewee, western wood Pigeon, rock Raven, common Roadrunner, greater (Ca) Robin, rufous-backed Seedeater, white-collared Shoveler, northern Shrike, loggerhead Sparrow, Botteri's Sparrow, house Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground Sparrow, savannah Sparrow, stripe-headed Stilt, black-necked (Cs, Ca) Stork, wood (Ca) Swallow, barn Swallow, cliff Swallow, northern rough-winged Tern Caspian Thrasher, curve-billed Thrush, orange-billed nightingale Towhee, canyon Vireo, golden Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, rufous-capped (At) Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, spotted Yellowthroat, common (Ca) Yellowthroat, gray-crowned (Ch)
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 area Pz - San Pedro Itzican area 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/South Shore area Xt - Ixtlahuacan/Las Campanillas