Friday, July 4, 2014

Monthly Birding Newsletter

Birding News Lake Chapala
Lake Chapala Birders July 2, 2014

97 Species Seen Last Month
Wood Stork
Upcoming Bird Walks
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
The June 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


  • 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

  • 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 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 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)
    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
    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)

    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 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