Thursday, November 3, 2022

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Chapala Birders Newsletter, November 2, 2022
Sightings this Month

Nicola Cendron and friends from Guadalajara have discovered two things this month, first, that the Mezcala Mountain is a very good birding spot, and second, that it is also a great location to view hawks on migration (see below).

There were 183 species reported for the lake area in October. The complete list is shown at the end of this newsletter. Interesting sightings included:

  • Great Black Hawk and Hook-billed Kite, both new species for Lake Chapala, observed on migration by Nicola Cendron and his friends.
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen by Jules Evens at the San Antonio malecon.
  • Tufted Flycatcher sighted by Kate and Carl Anderson in Riberas del Pilar.
  • Elegant Trogon reported by Noe Munoz on the Trojes-Chupinaya hill trail.


New Discovery of Hawk Migration Funnel at Chapala

Nicola Cendon, Oscar Vironchi and Fabrice Leroux went to the Mezcala Mountain in the first week of October. They were surprised to find a large number of hawks gliding eastwards along the coastal mountain ridge. They photographed several Hawk species including Common Black Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk and Zone-tailed Hawk. Nicola went back three weeks later and saw more hawks, predominantly Swainson's Hawks.

It is known that hawks on migration like to follow mountain ridges, climbing in rising thermals and then gliding to the next thermal in a generally southerly direction. Most hawks are reluctant to cross bodies of water, because no thermals are formed over water.

In the case of Lake Chapala it now appears the hawks are diverted in their southward passage to follow the mountains along the north coast of the lake. We presume they go round the east end of the lake. This creates a funnel effect causing locally high concentrations of hawks which are good for viewing. The best time to see large numbers of migrating hawks in central Mexico is in the first two weeks of October.
Featured Bird: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
A male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker showing the characteristic red cap and red throat with a long white slash on the wing. The female is similar but has a white throat.
  • The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a migratory bird that breeds in Canada and the northern US. The males winter in the southern US while the females tend to winter in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Their food of choice is sap obtained from small sap wells made in neat rows in the bark of living trees. A lot of time is spent maintaining sap wells in many trees and licking the sap with a brush-like tongue. They also eat some berries and fruit. The young are fed sap, ants and beetles.
  • Breeding pairs are monogamous. A nest cavity is drilled by the male, a process taking three weeks. Incubation of the eggs is shared, with the male doing the night shift. Both parents feed the chicks. They raise only one brood per year.
Upcoming Bird-walks and Trips
Our bird-walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. We always have knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species. Note that we will limit car trips to four vehicles because larger convoys are hard to manage when trying to stop on country roads to look at the birds. If you are being given a ride, we suggest you make a contribution to your driver for gas and tolls (perhaps $150 pesos for a half day outing, $300 pesos for a day trip).

On Tuesday November 8, we will meet at 8.00 am at the "Sculpture" (at the only traffic light in La Floresta, (south-east corner), leaving immediately for the Sierra de Tapalpa (90 minutes away). We will bird from 9.30 till 12.30. We expect to see higher altitude birds such as Acorn Woodpecker and Slate-throated Redstart and if we are lucky Trans-volcanic Jay. Bring your own refreshments for the morning. At 1.00 pm we will have lunch at a restaurant on the square in Tapalpa. Expect to be back about 4.00 pm. You must reserve - email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead indicating if you can bring a vehicle and can take others, or you would like to be a passenger. (We don't always have enough cars).

On Monday November 14, we will meet a 8.00 am at the "Sculpture" (at the only traffic light in La Floresta, (south-east corner) near Restaurant Pranzo), leaving immediately for Las Trojes (one hour away), to hike the Horizontal Oak Forest Trail. We hike to the edge of the hidden valley (3-hours hiking uphill, 2-hours back). Don't expect very many birds, but the hike is very pleasant and we may see the Red-faced Warbler. We will be back about 4.00 pm. Bring refreshments and sandwiches for lunch at noon at the top. If you plan on going, please email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead indicating if you can bring a vehicle and can take others or you would like to be a passenger. (We do not always have enough cars.)

 On Friday November 18, we will meet at 8.15 am at the entrance to Cristiania Park in Chapala. We should see an interesting selection of species in the park and on the shore of the lake. At about 10.00 we will go to 'La Palapa de Don Juan' for breakfast and complete the bird list.
How to Get There: From Ajijic go to the traffic light at the main street of Chapala (Av. Madero), cross straight over and keep going straight for five blocks, turn left at the T intersection and park on the right, near the Park entrance.

On Friday November 25, we will meet at 8.00 am at the "Sculpture" (at the only traffic light in La Floresta, south-east corner, near Restaurant Pranzo), leaving immediately for the Rosa Amarilla Loop (60 minutes drive). Expect to see a variety of grassland birds and possibly a White-tailed Hawk. Bring refreshments for the morning and sandwiches for the 12.30 lunch stop. We will be back about 3.00 pm. You must reserve - email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead indicating if you can bring a vehicle and can take others, or you would like to be a passenger. (We do not always have enough cars.)
Birdwalk & Trip Reports
On October 12, we had a small group of five people out at the Puerta Nueva Road under dull skies. We saw Black-crowned Night Heron, Neotropic Cormorant, Killdeer, Blue Mockingbird, Great Kiskadee, Social Flycatcher and Monk Parakeet out of total of 38 species before leaving for breakfast.

On October 18, we had 11 birders out at Lake Cajititlan Marsh. We identified a very good list of 67 species including Crested Caracara, Blue-black Grassquit, Northern Jacana, Wood Stork, Srripe-headed Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle and Tropical Kingbird.

On October 27, we identified fifteen species at our meeting point even before proceeding to our destinaition at the Pumping Station. We had seven participants and saw 64 species, including Black-necked Stilt, Tricolored Heron, White-faced Ibis, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Redstart and Tropical Parula.
Monthly Sightings List
Here are the 183 species sighted around Lake Chapala in October:

Ani, groove-billed
Bittern, least (Rp)
Blackbird, yellow-headed
Bluebird, eastern (Mz)
Bobwhite, northern
Bunting, indigo (Ct)
Bunting, painted (Av)
Bushtit
Caracara, crested
Chat, yellow-breasted (Av)
Coot, American
Cormorant, neotropic
Cowbird, bronzed
Cowbird, brown-headed (Ch)
Crossbill, red
Dove, common ground (Ps)
Dove, Eurasian collared
Dove, Inca
Dove, mourning
Dove, white-tipped
Dove, white-winged
Duck, black-bellied whistling
Duck, fulvous whistling (Jo)
Duck, Mexican
Egret, cattle
Egret, great
Egret, snowy
Elaenia, greenish (Tr,Mz)
Euphonia, elegant (Av,Ps)
Finch, house
Flycatcher, ash-throated (Mz)
Flycatcher, brown-crested (Xt)
Flycatcher, buff-breasted (Mz)
Flycatcher, cordilleran (Tr)
Flycatcher, dusky-capped (Mz)
Flycatcher, gray silky (Mz,Tr)
Flycatcher, Hammond's (Tr)
Flycatcher, least (Xt)
Flycatcher, Nutting's (At,Mz)
Flycatcher, olive-sided (Mz)
Flycatcher, pine
Flycatcher, social
Flycatcher, tufted (Tr,Rp)
Flycatcher, vermilion
Gallinule, common
Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
Goldfinch, lesser
Grackle, great-tailed
Grassquit, blue-black (Ca)
Grebe, least
Grebe, pied-billed (Xt)
Grosbeak, black-headed (Ct)
Grosbeak, blue
Gull, laughing
Gull, ring-billed
Hawk, broad-winged (Mz)
Hawk, common black (Mz)
Hawk, Cooper's (Mz)
Hawk, gray (Ps)
Hawk, great black (Mz)
Hawk, red-tailed (Mz)
Hawk, sharp-shinned (Mz)
Hawk, short-tailed (Mz)
Hawk, white-tailed (Mz)
Hawk, zone-tailed (Mz)
Heron, black-crowned night
Heron, great blue
Heron, tri-colored
Hummingbird, berylline
Hummingbird, black-chinned (Tr)
Hummingbird, broad-billed
Hummingbird, broad-tailed (Mz)
Hummingbird, calliope (La,Mz)
Hummingbird, ruby-throated
Hummingbird, rufous
Hummingbird, violet-crowned
Hummingbird, white-eared (Tr)
Ibis, white-faced
Jacana, northern
Kestrel, American
Killdeer
Kingbird, Cassin's
Kingbird, thick-billed
Kingbird, tropical
Kingbird, western
Kingfisher, belted
Kinglet, ruby-crowned (Ps)
Kiskadee, great
Kite, hook-billed (Mz)
Kite, white-tailed (Ps)
Merlin (Mz)
Mockingbird, blue
Mockingbird, northern
Nightjar, buff-collared (Ch)
Oriole, black-backed
Oriole, black-vented
Oriole, Bullock's
Oriole, hooded
Oriole, orchard
Oriole, streak-backed
Osprey
Owl, barn (Sa)
Owl, ferruginous pygmy (AV,Rp,Ch)
Owl, great horned (At,Rp,Ch)
Owl, mountain pygmy (Mz)
Owl, western screech
Parakeet, monk
Pelican, American white
Pewee, greater
Pewee, western wood (Mz,Ps)
Pigeon, rock
Pintail, northern (Ps)
Raven, common
Redstart, American (Ps)
Redstart, painted (Te)
Roadrunner, greater (Mz)
Roadrunner, lesser (Mz)
Robin, American (Mz)
Robin, rufous-backed
Sandpiper, solitary (Xt)
Sandpiper, spotted
Sapsucker, yellow-bellied
Seedeater, cinnamon-rumped
Shrike, loggerhead
Snipe, Wilson's (Ps)
Solitaire, brown-backed
Sora
Sparrow, house
Sparrow, lark
Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
Sparrow, stripe-headed
Stilt, black-necked
Stork, wood (Ps)
Swallow, barn
Swallow, northern rough-winged
Swallow, tree
Swallow, violet-green (Mz)
Tanager, flame-colored (Tr)
Tanager, hepatic (Mz)
Tanager, summer (Ps)
Tanager, western
Teal, blue-winged
Teal, cinnamon (Jo)
Tern, Caspian
Tern, Forster's (Rp)
Thrasher, curve-billed
Thrush, orange-billed nightingale
Thrush, White-throated (La)
Towhee, canyon
Trogon, elegant (Tr)
Tyrannulet, northern beardless
Vireo, Cassin's (Tr)
Vireo, golden
Vireo, Hutton's (Tr,Mz)
Vireo, plumbeous (Tr)
Vireo, warbling
Vulture, black
Vulture, turkey
Warbler, black and white
Warbler, black-throated gray
Warbler, Grace's (Tr)
Warbler, hermit (Tr,Mz)
Warbler, Lucy's
Warbler, MacGillivray's (Tr,Mz)
Warbler, Nashville
Warbler, orange-crowned
Warbler, rufous-capped (Tr)
Warbler, Townsend's
Warbler, Virginia's Av)
Warbler, Wilson's
Warbler, yellow
Warbler, yellow-rumped
Woodpecker, acorn (Tr,Mz)
Woodpecker, golden-fronted
Woodpecker, ladder-backed
Wren, Bewick's
Wren, canyon
Wren, happy (Tr)
Wren, house
Wren, marsh (Ps)
Wren, Sinaloa (Mz)
Wren, spotted
Yellowthroat, common (Ca,Sa,Ch)
Sighting Location codes:

Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina & El Bajio
At - Trails above Ajijic
Av - Ajijic village
Ca - Lake Cajititlan & marsh
Ch - Chapala
Ct - Caracol Trail & Int'l School
Cv - Cerro Viejo
Dm - Dike: Jamay to Malteraña
Dp - Dike: Maltaraña to La Palma
Hv - Hidden Valley oak forest
Ja - Jamay
La - La Cañada & Hidden Valley
Jo - Jocotepec
Ld - Lerma & Duero rivers
Mz - Mezcala
Oc - Ocotlan
Pe - Petatan area
Ps - Pumping Station & Santa Cruz
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 & Allen Lloyd Trail
Sc - San Juan Cosala
Sn - San Nicholas & Golf Club
Tz - Tizapan canyon
Te - San Juan Tecomatlan & Mezcala
Tr - Potrerillos & Las Trojes & Chupinaya
Tu - Tuxcueca & San Luis Soyatlan
Xt - Ixtlahuacan & Las Campanillas



What is the "Lake Chapala Area"?
We define it as the whole area of the lake plus all land within 15km (or 7 miles) of the edge of the lake.
Lake Chapala Birders is an informal group of bird observers led by John and Rosemary Keeling.

Illustrated color folders showing our common birds are once again available for $200 pesos at Diane Pearl's Gallery, 11 am to 4 pm, Santa Margarita #23, at the east end of Riberas del Pilar. Also available from John Keeling.

We like to hear of bird sightings at: chapalabirders@yahoo.com.

Check our website: ChapalaBirders.org
There you will find our newsletters, illustrations of our birds and advice on buying binoculars, books and birding apps.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Newsletter

Chapala Birders Newsletter, October 2, 2022
Sightings this Month

There were 144 species reported for the lake area in September. The complete list is shown at the end of this newsletter.

Interesting sightings last month:

Nicola Cendron and John Keeling spotted Barn Owl and Black-bellied Plover (see below) on the South Dike at the east end of the lake.
Nicola saw a Rusty-crowned Sparrow on the Allen Lloyd Trail, while Kate and Carl Anderson saw the rarer, larger, Rusty Sparrow at the same location.
The Anderson's reported an unusual Western Screech Owl in Riberas de Pilar.

All of the migrant warblers and other species are now arriving in our area. Some are passing through, while others will stay here for the winter.


Eastern Meadowlark now "Chihuahan Meadowlark"

Every summer, birders await publication of the annual "Check-list Supplement" by the Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of the American Ornithological Society (AOS). Here are the changes that affect us in Western Mexico:

This year, the Eastern Meadowlark has been split in two. In the southern US and Mexico, the Eastern Meadowlark now becomes the Chihuahuan Meadowlark.

The committee has also changed the scientific names of the Violet-crowned Hummingbird and the Mottled Owl.


Another new Bird for the Lake Chapala List

The sighting of a Black-bellied Plover last month on the Dike at the east end of the Lake, brings the Lake Chapala List up to 352 species.

The Black-bellied Plover is one the real long distance migrants. It breeds on the Arctic coasts of Canada and Russia. It winters on the coasts of Central and South America as well as on the coasts of the other continents. It has been logged flying 3,400 miles (5,500km) across the ocean in five days,


October Big Day - Next Saturday

Saturday October 8 is the date of the next Big Day. Those birders who would like to be part of a team effort for our area are invited to contact John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com. This could take a form similar to the Christmas bird count but with a much larger, more flexible area.

A "Big Day" runs from midnight to midnight. Individuals, teams and groups are invited to search for as many bird-species sightings as they can during the 24 hour period. Sightings must be recorded on eBird.
Featured Bird: Violet-crowned Hummingbird
The Violet-crowned Hummingbird is identified by the white front and underparts. It is common here at the Lakeshore. It tends to dominate other hummers around feeders.
  • The Violet-crowned Hummingbird is a Mexican endemic species that started being seen in the US in 1960 and since then has been slowly expanding its summer range northwards.
  • It is seen in a wide variety of habitats from dry scrub to pine-oak forests and gardens. The female is like the male but with duller coloring.
  • Nesting takes place mainly in the summer, but has been observed in most other months. The nest is built from three to twenty feet (1 to 6 meters) above ground on a horizontal branch, often on a fork of the branch.
  • As with other hummingbird species the male guards the nest area while the female does all the work of building the nest, incubating the eggs and feeding the young.
  • Food consists of tiny insects and nectar from flowers. The tongue is very long and curls to form a tube for sucking out the nectar.
Upcoming Bird-walks and Trips
.Our bird-walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. We always have knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species. Note that we will limit car trips to four vehicles because larger convoys are hard to manage when trying to stop on country roads to look at the birds. If you are being given a ride, we suggest you make a contribution to your driver for gas and tolls (perhaps $150 pesos for a half day outing, $300 pesos for a day trip).

On Wednesday October 12, we will meet at 8.15 am at Puerta Nueva on the west side of Ajijic. We will see some shore birds and some birds in the tall trees along the street. At about 10.00 am we will head to Fonda Doña Lola Restaurant for breakfast and complete the bird list.
How to Get There: Drive about one mile (3km) west from Colon, past the French Bakery and the Cemetery; then take the next left exit signed 'Villa Lucerna'; turn left after one block and immediately turn right at the sign Puerta Nueva; park on the side of the street close to this intersection.

On Tuesday October 18, we will meet at 8.00 am at the "Sculpture" (at the only traffic light in La Floresta, south west corner, opposite Restaurant Pranzo) and also at 8.15 am at the Pemex near the intersection of the Chapala-Guadalajara highway with the Libramiento, leaving immediately for the Lake Cajititlan Marsh (30 minutes drive). We expect to see a variety of marsh and lake birds such as Black-necked Stilt, and Whistling Ducks. There will be a break for snacking at 11.00 am - bring your own snacks. Expect to be back in Ajijic at 12.30 pm. You must reserve - email John at chapalabirders@yahoo.com at least 2 days ahead saying if you are bringing a vehicle and can take others, or whether you are looking for a ride (we do not always have enough vehicles).

On Thursday October 27, we will meet at 8.15 am at the Old Train Station in Chapala, leaving immediately to bird the Pumping Station area, east of Chapala. Expect to see a good variety of land and shore birds in a variety of habitats. We will bird until 10.15 am when we will go for breakfast to La Palapa de Don Juan in Chapala. You must reserve - email John at least 2 days ahead of time and please indicate if you can bring a vehicle and can take others, or if you would like to be a passenger (we do not always have enough vehicles). The old train station is on the Lakeshore Road just east of Cristiania Park in Chapala
Birdwalk & Trip Reports
On September 9, we traveled to the Rosa Amarilla Loop with twelve birders. We saw 45 species including Black Phoebe, Spotted Sandpiper, Great Horned Owl, White-tailed Hawk, Gray-silky Flycatcher and Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush.

On September 19, fourteen people gathered at El Bajio on the west side of Ajijic. We spotted Black-backed Oriole, Social Flycatcher, Blue Mockingbird, Groove-billed Ani, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Violet-crowned Hummingbird out of a total of 32 species.

On September 27, we traveled to Villa Corona on Lake Atotonilco. Unfortunately, several people were unable to come with us because we did not have enough cars. We saw Brown Pelican, American White Pelican, Clark's Grebe, Tri-colored Heron, Yellow Warbler and Broad-billed Hummingbird.
Monthly Sightings List
Here are the 144 species sighted around Lake Chapala in September:

Ani, groove-billed
Avocet, American
Becard, rose-throated (Ca)
Bittern, least
Blackbird, red-winged
Blackbird, yellow-headed
Bushtit
Caracara, crested
Coot, American
Cormorant, neotropic
Cowbird, bronzed
Cowbird, brown-headed
Cuckoo, squirrel
Dove, common ground
Dove, Eurasian collared
Dove, Inca
Dove, white-tipped
Dove, white-winged
Dowitcher, long-billed
Duck, black-bellied whistling
Duck, fulvous whistling
Duck, Mexican
Egret, cattle
Egret, great
Egret, snowy
Elaenia, greenish (At)
Euphonia, elegant (Sa)
Finch, house
Flycatcher, cordilleran (Sa)
Flycatcher, gray silky (Sa)
Flycatcher, Hammond's (Sa)
Flycatcher, least (Sa)
Flycatcher, social
Flycatcher, vermilion
Gallinule, common
Gnatcatcher, blue-gray
Goldfinch, lesser
Grackle, great-tailed
Grassquit, blue-black
Grebe, least
Grebe, pied-billed
Grosbeak, black-headed (Sa)
Gull, laughing
Gull, ring-billed
Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk, red-tailed (Ps)
Hawk, white-tailed (Ra)
Heron, black-crowned night
Heron, great blue
Heron, green
Heron, little blue
Heron, tri-colored
Hummingbird, berylline (Sa)
Hummingbird, broad-billed
Hummingbird, Rivoli's (Sc)
Hummingbird, ruby-throated (Ch)
Hummingbird, rufous (Ca)
Hummingbird, violet-crowned
Ibis, white-faced
Jacana, northern
Kestrel, American (Ps)
Killdeer
Kingbird, Cassin's
Kingbird, thick-billed
Kingbird, tropical
Kingfisher, belted (Rp,Dp)
Kingfisher, green (Dp)
Kiskadee, great
Kite, white-tailed
Mockingbird, blue
Motmot, russet-crowned (Sa)
Nightjar, buff-collared (Av,Ch)
Oriole, black-backed
Oriole, black-vented
Oriole, hooded
Oriole, orchard (Ps)
Oriole, streak-backed
Osprey (Ps,Ca)
Owl, barn
Owl, ferruginous pygmy (At,Rp)
Owl, great horned (Sa,Ra)
Owl, western screech (Rp)
Parakeet, monk
Pelican, American white
Pewee, greater
Pewee, western wood
Phoebe, black (Ra)
Pigeon, rock
Plover, black-bellied (Dp)
Raven, common
Redstart, American
Redstart, painted (Ps)
Robin, rufous-backed
Sandpiper, least
Sandpiper, spotted
Seedeater, cinnamon-rumped
Shrike, loggerhead
Solitaire, brown-backed (La)
Sparrow, Botteri's
Sparrow, chipping (Sa)
Sparrow, house
Sparrow, lark
Sparrow, rufous-crowned (Sa)
Sparrow, rusty (Rp)
Sparrow, rusty-crowned ground
Sparrow, stripe-headed
Stilt, black-necked
Stork, wood (Ps,Ra)
Swallow, barn
Swallow, northern rough-winged
Tanager, western
Teal, blue-winged
Teal, cinnamon
Tern, Forster's (Ch)
Tern, Royal (Jo)
Thrasher, curve-billed
Thrush, orange-billed nightingale (Sa,At)
Towhee, canyon
Tyrannulet, northern beardless (At)
Vireo, Bell's (Ps)
Vireo, golden (Ca,Sa)
Vireo, plumbeous (Oc)
Vulture, black
Vulture, turkey
Warbler, black and white (Sa)
Warbler, black-throated gray
Warbler, hermit (La)
Warbler, MacGillivray's (Sa)
Warbler, orange-crowned (Jo)
Warbler, rufous-capped
Warbler, Townsend's (Sa,Dm)
Warbler, Wilson's
Warbler, yellow
Woodpecker, golden-fronted
Woodpecker, ladder-backed
Wren, Bewick's
Wren, canyon
Wren, happy
Wren, house (La)
Wren, marsh
Wren, Sinaloa
Wren, spotted
Yellowlegs, lesser
Yellowthroat, common
Sighting Location codes:

Ac - Ajijic: La Cristina & El Bajio
At - Trails above Ajijic
Av - Ajijic village
Ca - Lake Cajititlan & marsh
Ch - Chapala
Ct - Caracol Trail & Int'l School
Cv - Cerro Viejo
Dm - Dike: Jamay to Malteraña
Dp - Dike: Maltaraña to La Palma
Hv - Hidden Valley oak forest
Ja - Jamay
La - La Cañada & Hidden Valley
Jo - Jocotepec
Ld - Lerma & Duero rivers
Oc - Ocotlan
Pe - Petatan area
Ps - Pumping Station & Santa Cruz
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 & Allen Lloyd Trail
Sc - San Juan Cosala
Sn - San Nicholas & Golf Club
Tz - Tizapan canyon
Te - San Juan Tecomatlan & Mezcala
Tr - Potrerillos & Las Trojes & Chupinaya
Tu - Tuxcueca & San Luis Soyatlan
Xt - Ixtlahuacan & Las Campanillas



What is the "Lake Chapala Area"?
We define it as the whole area of the lake plus all land within 15km (or 7 miles) of the edge of the lake.
Lake Chapala Birders is an informal group of bird observers led by John and Rosemary Keeling.

Illustrated color folders showing our common birds are once again available for $200 pesos at Diane Pearl's Gallery, 11 am to 4 pm, Santa Margarita #23, at the east end of Riberas del Pilar. Also available from John Keeling.

We like to hear of bird sightings at: chapalabirders@yahoo.com.

Check our website: ChapalaBirders.org
There you will find our newsletters, illustrations of our birds and advice on buying binoculars, books and birding apps.