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
91 Species Seen Last Month
Interesting recent sightings include Blue-black Grassquit and Fulvous Whistling Duck at Cajititlan marsh, and White-tailed Kite at Cajititlan and also at the dike at the east end of the lake. During the month we have heard Northern Bobwhites calling in a variety of locations.
Late in the month Stan and Darnelle Dunn saw Lesser Yellowlegs and an early migrating Spotted Sandpiper at San Nicolas, while John and Rosemary saw a Lucifer Hummingbird in the scrub near the International School (see photo). These hummingbirds like arid scrub areas and are permanent residents here and across the central transvolcanic range.
The Monk Parakeet communal nest in a palm tree in downtown Ajijic came down in a storm. These birds will have to learn to build their large nests in a more secure manner. The five Red-Lored Parrots (also feral escapees) are rumored to be seen near the San Antonio Tlayacapan plaza in the late afternoons.
The 91 species seen in the lake area last month are listed at the end of this newsletter.
Lucifer Hummingbird as sighted last month near the International Institute.
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 Thursday August 7, we will meet at 8.30 a.m. at the Pumping Station where we will see field birds like loggerhead shrike and possibly white-tailed kite as well as shore birds. At about 10.30 we will go to Las Delicias restaurant for breakfast and prepare the bird list. How to Get There: Take the lakeshore road east from Chapala past Santa Cruz. Watch out for three tall gray pump towers on your right with the sign 'Aqueducto'. Immediately after this take the first gravel road to the right; at the next T junction turn left and park at the next intersection. We will walk to the lake.
On Tuesday August 19, we will meet to car-pool at Donas Donuts at 8.00 a.m. leaving immediately for the Rosa Amarilla loop on the plateau on the south side of the lake. We expect to see higher elevation birds including eastern meadowlark, Botteri's sparrow and wood stork. Take refreshments for the morning. Do not expect to be back in Ajijic before 2.00 p.m. If you plan to go please email John at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating whether you can bring a vehicle.
Bird Walk and Trip Reports
On June 11,we had four carloads of birders out for the trip to the Sierra de Tapalpa. The first impressive sight in the oak forest was a Greater Roadrunner sitting in the top of a sizable tree. Later in the pine forests were Mexican Chickadee and White-breasted Nuthatch and finally, in forest-edged pastures we saw Spotted Towhee and Mountain Trogon. A great day with a total of 47 species.
On July 22 we again had a party of four vehicles on the longer trip to the Rio Verde canyon near Acatic. The hot pools were very refreshing, and the top birds were Rose-throated Becard, Black-throated Magpie Jay and Common Black Hawk out of 41 species observed.
The July List
Here are the 91 species observed in July around Lake Chapala:
Ani, Groove-billed Blackbird-red-winged (Ra) Bluebird, eastern (Ra) Bobwhite, northern (CaSnRa) Bushtit Caracara, crested Coot, American Cormorant, neotropic Cowbird, bronzed Cuckoo, squirrel Dove, Eurasian collared Dove, Inca Dove, mourning Dove, white-tipped Dove, white-winged Duck, black-bellied whistling (CaDm) Duck, fulvous whistling (ca) Duck, ruddy Egret, cattle Egret, great Egret, snowy Elaenia, greenish (At) Finch, house Flycatcher, dusky-capped Flycatcher, social Flycatcher, vermillion Gallinule, common Goldfinch, lesser Grackle, great-tailed Grassquit, blue-black (Ca) Grebe, least Grosbeak, blue Gull, laughing Hawk, red-tailed Heron, black-crowned night Heron, great blue Heron, green Heron, tri-colored (Sn) Hummingbird, broad-billed Hummingbird, lucifer (Sa) Hummingbird, violet-crowned Hummingbird, white-eared (Sa) Ibis, white-faced Jacana, northern Killdeer Kingbird, Cassin's Kingbird, thick-billed Kingbird, tropical Kingfisher, green Kiskadee, great Kite, white-tailed (CaDm) Meadowlark, eastern (Ra) Mockingbird, blue Mockingbird, northern (Ra) Oriole, black-backed Oriole, black-vented Oriole, streak-backed Owl, great-horned (Av) Pelican, American white Pewee, western wood Pigeon, rock Raven, common Robin, rufous-backed Sandpiper, solitary (Dm) Sandpiper, spotted (Sn) Seedeater, white-collared Shrike, loggerhead Sparrow, Botteri's (Ra) Sparrow, house Sparrow, house Sparrow, stripe-headed Stilt, black-necked Stork, wood (Ra,Ca) Swallow, barn Swallow, cliff (Ra) Swallow, northern rough-winged Tern, Caspian Thrasher, curve-billed Thrush, orange-billed nightingale Towhee, canyon Vireo, golden Vulture, black Vulture, turkey Warbler, rufous-capped Woodpecker, golden-fronted Woodpecker, ladder-backed Wren, Bewick's Wren, canyon Wren, spotted Yellowlegs, lesser (Sn) Yellowthroat, common (Ca)
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